instead: when God touches your life in unexpected ways

It was different from what I’d imagined it would be. My mind naturally veers toward worst case scenarios, trained as I have been from childhood to live with a gloomy anticipation of doom, instead of a confident expectation of good things happening to me.

But here we were, together again after three long weeks apart, most of which my man had spent tilted toward the ground in a hospital bed, unable to focus on more than white ceiling tiles.

After his previous operation last June, he’d returned home in an ambulance, using a frame gripped in unsteady hands, supported by staff and barely able to walk at all.

Now he came home in a car, walked toward the house with merely a stick to strengthen his gait, smiling brightly and free from pain. It seemed like a mini miracle, if miracles are measurable at all.

A couple of days into our new ‘normal’ and I became wearier than before, flat-out with fatigue and seriously concerned I might lack the ability to help aid his recovery.

Then God whispered His counsel to my heart: “You’re not meant to live on adrenaline but on My grace within.”

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Of course, I sighed, that’s where all our Help comes from! Instead of trying to rely on my own meagre resources, the key thing is to depend on God’s unlimited supply. Instead of being fuelled by adrenaline and stress, I need to let go, let God and make sure I rest.

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Because we’re not meant to power on in our own limited way but to plug into God’s infinite power every single day. The Christian life is one of daily dependence on Christ.

It’s a life less ordinary in how it differs from expectation, and a life made extraordinary by God’s constant presence with us.

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A life less ordinary

We’re not meant to live on adrenaline but on God’s grace within

We’re intended to live showered by His Love, instead of shattered by life’s flood

We’re born to face each new day only by His mercy and grace

We’re given God’s daily strength and rest for our weakness, pain, distress

We’re recipients of perseverance and endurance—may they give us reassurance

We’re not supposed to fall to pieces but to be made whole by God’s peace in us

We’re blood-bought sons and daughters, who don’t live by should and ought to, but by the rule of Him who shelters us under His wings

Instead of allowing self to rule and reign, we bow to Jesus’ Name

We seek God’s face and rest in His provision for our needs

©joylenton2017

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How is God speaking to you in the holy ordinary moments of your life? I’d love to hear in the comments below.

12 thoughts on “instead: when God touches your life in unexpected ways”

  1. Oh dear Joy thank you for life gracing encouragement needed this side!! The reassurance, the grace emphasis, “made whole by God’s Peace”, when we most need it, yes! Thank you my friend xx

    1. Dear Jenneth, it’s lovely to hear how this post has spoken to you. I’m grateful to have been given some grace filled words to share! May you rest in God’s all-sufficiency today. Bless you, my friend. xo <3

  2. Joy, it’s so lovely to hear that your hubby is back home with and is doing well…definitely a miracle, and I wouldn’t say a small one! Learning to lean onto God in times when we need Him most is a necessity. It’s one that I don’t do too well with unfortunately 😔 Thank you for the reminder though ☺️

    1. Thanks, Lynne, I can hardly believe it myself! Yes, I accept it’s a miracle, especially after all he has been through over the last few months. He actually looks better now than when he went in for the op. Being pain free is making him appear less anxious and look far more relaxed. I also forget my need to lean on God sometimes, and can always use a reminder to do so. It seems independence is hard-wired into our systems. Who knew?! Bless you for taking time to rejoice with me here, my friend. 🙂 xo

  3. Dear Joy, I am so sorry for the weight of these past days! But I am thankful for the comfort that God has gifted you to share here. I think I need to copy this, and paste it on my coffee maker for an early glimpse every day: “We’re not meant to live on adrenaline but on God’s grace within.” He is so Faithful to help me, when I will stop and let Him. Why do I think I must keep carrying it myself? Thank you so much for these beautiful words today, friend. I am continuing to keep you in my prayers, daily! Much Hugs and Love and Blessings to you! xo

    1. Dear Bettie, your loving, tender heart is a wonderful gift and one I treasure for its faithful prayers. I hadn’t realised it was comfort I was sharing here, but now I see it is. You’ve also inspired me to want to copy and paste those words for myself! How easily we can forget God’s grace and begin to rely on our own limited human resources instead. These wise words of yours have captured my attention: “He is so Faithful to help me, when I will stop and let Him” because they speak of our need to surrender willingly. Thank you for the lovely way you always add to the conversation here and for your sweet prayers. Much love, blessings and hugs to you! xo

  4. I am so glad your husband is stronger and without pain, Joy. It truly is a miracle. All the worry and stress of these last weeks/months must have really weighed you down. I hope God will help you to relax more now and get the rest you need. In times like this, we keep pushing ourselves, but it always catches up to us. But as you say, we try to keep going on our own adrenaline instead of depending on God’s grace. When we rest in Him and allow His love and grace to fortify us within, we can get through our days more restfully and joyfully. Love and hugs to you!

    1. Thank you, Trudy, it’s due in no small measure to faithful prayers from lovely friends like you! It’s only when we finally exhale that we become aware of how heavy the load has been, and how long we’ve actually been trying to carry too much ourselves, instead of handing it all over to Jesus. Yes, I do need to rest and relax as much as possible, because it has begun to catch up with me now that I can start to fully release the anxiety. I hope and pray you, too, will be enabled to “allow His love and grace to fortify (you) within”, so you can get through your days “more restfully and joyfully” and experience a greater measure of His wonderful peace. Love and hugs to you, dear friend! xo

    1. Hello June, what a JOY to see you here, my friend! Yes, we are in awe of God’s goodness and the way my husband seems to finally be turning the corner health-wise. There’s still a lot of healing and recovery that needs to take place but the early signs are so encouraging! May our good news bring hope and encouragement to you too. Blessings and love. xo <3

    1. Yes, it’s a wonder to behold! 🙂 Thank you for rejoicing with us, Laurie. Still praying for strength, energy and full recovery for your beloved one. Bless you, dear friend. xo

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