It was the best of seasons and the worst of seasons. Sounds dramatic I know, but it really does ring true. This is the season of thanksgiving. There is just so much to be thankful for. Big and small. My friend Joanna Simeone has been asking for answered prayers and miracles and we just keep sending in testimony after testimony. It’s Beautiful.
And, it feels like all hell is breaking loose. Hmmmm. Just as I write those words, breaking loose, the Spirit reminds me of the passage I have been returning to this week. “No weapon formed against you will prevail,” from Isaiah 54. What if the more we give thanks in all circumstances, the more hell is losing its grip on us? The more hell is breaking loose from our lives?
I told my friend I am in the perfect storm, every area being shaken up, pressed down, crushed. And yet, the song of Lord keeps bringing me peace.
• He brought me an actual song, “Another in the Fire.” It is a war cry anthem for sure. “I can see the Light in the darkness, and the darkness bows to Him.”
• He gave me a vision in the shower of the word Confidence. Like a teacher diagramming a sentence the Lord re-wrote the word like this:
Con (meaning with, or together) + Fide (faith) + Ence (noun turned to action or result)
Confidence means With Faith.
He has said over and over again He Himself is our confidence. We can “with Faith” Him in the moment by moment.
• And then there is the tension of the not yet, the holding your breath, the punched in the gut I can’t breath moments where we must decide our path. This is what He continues to breath into my spirit: I am worth it. I am with you.
I told my friend Kate I am convinced that all of life, and I mean ALL of life, is God’s invitation to us to have More of Him.
So today I bless you, and myself, to have full Confidence (With Faith) in Him and to rest, breathe, believe He will be good and God to you in every circumstance. And to know that He is worth it. He is with us.
Oh Yes! This shell is what sparked the conversation. See that little shell inside? That’s me and you. Hidden within His Broken Body. Amen.