MOVING FORWARD ◽ ENCOURAGEMENT

These are interesting and challenging times, for sure. I am, by nature, a very outgoing and sociable person and it's been difficult lately to not be able to gather with my friends. I think it's been especially hard to not be able to go to church. While I am so very grateful for technology, worshipping online just isn't the same.

 

It's easy for me to start feeling spiritually disconnected during this time. 

 

Yet I'm also sensing an increase of grace available to us right now. To me, it seems God understands that we are weakened as a body and he is leaning in even closer than normal so that we will rely on him in such a challenging time. While it can be tempting to eat and sleep myself into a coma, watch movies until my brain cells all die, or talk on the phone with loved ones all day long because I finally have all of this extra time, this type of "powering through" will not give me peaceful sleep at the end of the day. 

In 1 Kings 19, Elijah was exhausted, overwhelmed, and afraid for his life. God showed up for him in his trial, but he was not in the noise. In the same way, I believe he is waiting for us to go into our prayer closets so he can gently whisper his peaceful assurance to us. We don't know how long this time of uncertainty will last and the only way we can endure the weeks and months ahead is to limit the distractions and be still in his presence. 

 

Take courage my heart

Stay steadfast my soul

He's in the waiting

He's in the waiting

Hold onto your hope

As your triumph unfolds

He's never failing

He's never failing

-- Kristene DeMarco

 

He is so ready to be everything we need if we can just be still. He cares; and he is leaning in to be near.

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Leaning In
by Pam Charro

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