Awakening to potential

A quivering occurs deep in our souls. An inviting ripple on the waters, an opportunity to stretch our wings and fly free.

This one won’t go away. It resurfaces when we least expect it.

Our lives are about to change and we run scared instead of running toward it with open arms.

Not all of us can greet change with cheer, or equanimity at least.

It feels unsettling, ground shifting, mould-breaking, day-defining and life-liberating all at once.

It calls for a new challenge, a new level we feel unprepared for.

So we quake. Even if we know those soft spoken sounds are Holy Spirit sighs.

I’m in a time of transition, waiting to walk into a more spacious place emotionally and spiritually. It requires recognition of what’s being said, and response to all God is currently asking of me.

And, truth be told, I. Don’t. Feel. Ready. I want to rewind time to one of blissful ignorance.

Those urgings are calling me out of a place of seeming safety, a place where I was bound but couldn’t see it, and leading me into the Light, into Truth, into freedom, into God’s presence and rest.

The slumbering season is over. Our souls need to wake up to the potential all around. When God is speaking, we do well to listen.

 

 

He gentles us forward saying this isn’t all or nothing, impetuous crash and burn; this is a slow growth in the right direction as I lead and guide you. This is a warming to My words, an inner alertness to My voice, a gradual unfolding of My plans for you. Trust Me to keep you, to hold you safe throughout.

Maybe you’re in this unsettling place too? 

Hearing and trying not to heed it?

We can be deep-bone weary from all types of pain, yet strangely wary and reluctant to move away from its suffocating embrace if it means treading into new territory.

Because what we know, what we are familiar with feels like home to us, however dark it may be in reality. Our pain is our pain. We live and move and have our being in it, don’t we?

Actually no. We live and move and have our being in God. He is our Strength, our Hope, our Deliverer and Healer.

Healing frequently comes in stages, by degrees, by unloosening, yielding and surrender rather than by sudden illumination and ability to receive it.

I’ve had God close some powerful doors in my life recently, doors which I’d inadvertently opened to the enemy when I was younger in years and understanding.

Once he has been denied access to areas he has tormented us in for years, the enemy will do everything in his power to try and regain that territory.

Doubt, fear and unbelief insinuate a way in, wrapping their tentacles around our souls. We need to guard our hearts, wear the full armour of God and be vigilant.

We have a spiritual battle on our hands and a continual need to reaffirm our new position, make declarations of faith from God’s Word and sow seeds of positivity into areas that were always negative before.

Yes, we rest secure on the promises of God, but we also have our part to play in holding on to our healing and deliverance.

It’s hard work but it will be so worthwhile to see results, to be prepared for The Next Big Thing God wants to do in your life and mine.

Some days I feel scared of transition and transformation. When we’ve believed lies for years, then our minds have to slowly become renewed by the Word and our hearts grow strong in faith.

Here’s a prayer for all who are where I am now, or sense they soon will be. Let’s begin to embrace hope, embrace the light, and embrace joy in knowing we are already victorious in Christ.

 

2 thoughts on “Awakening to potential”

  1. It's quite a battle, isn't it, Joy? The closer we get to Jesus, the more Satan roars and tries to discourage us. But as you say, we are already victorious in Christ. May we together embrace that truth! When I read this line, my heart said "Amen" – "Healing frequently comes in stages, by degrees, by unloosening, yielding and surrender rather than by sudden illumination and ability to receive it." May we step by step learn to yield and surrender fully and freely to Christ Jesus!

    1. Trudy, my heart echoes the desires of your own as we trust God to bring about the deep inner healing we both need. I also say a loud 'Amen' as we inch forward and "learn to yield and surrender fully and freely to Christ Jesus!" That way lies our freedom, dear friend. Blessings of healing and peace to you. 🙂 x

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