A battle against fear erupted at my house six weeks ago, and my 16 year old daughter was hit hard. Actually, she was the target. It shook her, disrupted her sleep, and wouldn't let go.
My husband and I prayed with and for our precious girl, encouraged her, and stood with her. But six weeks is a long time for a teenager to suffer under oppressive fear, and I watched in dismay as my girl wrestled with disappointment--it appeared that none of our prayers were being answered.
Frankly, I couldn't understand what was happening, and though I never stopped praying, quoting scripture, and believing for a breakthrough, my mama's heart ached for my baby girl.
And then, a divine shift happened. It's like the Lord grabbed my hand and walked me around to the other side of the situation, and instead of wondering why my daughter was battling fear, I began to see God at work behind the scenes. As this fresh, holy perspective emerged, my faith stirred, in spite of the fact that we're not out of the woods yet.
I've begun to understand that my daughter has a powerful calling and she requires powerful training. So God has allowed this difficult season, just as He allowed one in Joseph's life starting in the book of Genesis, chapter 37. I clearly heard God say, "What the enemy has meant for your daughter's harm, I intend for your daughter's good." (See Genesis 20:50)
The good news is, we've turned a corner. And I can't wait to see what God accomplishes in my daughter and our family through all of this.
The other good news is this: if we cry out to God, He has the ability to grant us divine perspective, which is like adding pure oxygen to the fire of our faith. Whatever dark, difficult, scary, or unpleasant situation you might be walking through, know this: God is at work!
And though what we're enduring may be hard, perplexing, or downright painful, we can take great comfort in understanding that all things work for the our good (See Romans 8:28). As we perceive God at work in our situations, we can go forward in a holy excitement, confident and encouraged, in spite of how things may appear.
The awesome truth is, He is a holy God, accomplishing His holy purposes in and through us. As He grants us His holy perspective, we can trust that what the enemy intends for our harm, God intends for our good.
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts from your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9
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Sweet bloggy friends, thank you so much for your kind words and prayers about my book. I'm thrilled to tell you that my manuscript is complete (Yay!) and after some formatting adjustments, I'll be turning it in to my publisher this weekend. You are so appreciated!