That picture is of our back yard. Yep it’s looked like that for weeks now – at least all of May and part of April. We went from a snowy winter here in Texas to record setting months of rain and May ended up being the wettest month ever where I live in 100 years for which records have been kept.
I loved studying Joseph and seeing how he refused to never get bogged down. What a life to follow and model. No matter what happened to Joseph – being sold to slave traders, held in captive, a slave, and prison after being disliked by his brothers who sold him, Joseph still honored God and he also honored his brothers many years later. No God didn’t take Joseph out of all those horrible situations, but Joseph still honored him. How have you honored God during a horrible situation? I can think of some I have, and some I have not.
This quote by Lysa caused me to pause and re-read. “And the effects of their bad decision haunted generations who came after them. As we make ordinary decisions, do we, I wonder, have any idea of the impact and influence those decisions have on the people around us and the generations to come?” Do you ever stop and think of decisions you are making and how they are impacting future generations? Are you glorifying God no matter what is going on in your life today? One bad decision can tragically change our families forever.
During the famine season we learn to depend on God. “As a result things will be stripped from you that hinder the relationship He wants to have with you. You may experience a shake up in your finances, your friendships, your position of leadership, you expectations, or one of a thousand other things that we put our trust in God. He strips something away. He does it for our good and not to harm us.” I have learned He has a holy plan for each of us. He uses our pain for His purposes. We have to learn to be thankful no matter the circumstances, and use that pain to glorify Him.
The famine season WILL pass. God is with us just as He was with Joseph. Remember the hard times you are going through are for His glory. This too shall pass!
Let’s refuse to not get bogged down. Keep moving. Keep looking up.
Chapter 8 – Refusing to Get Bogged Down – What Happens When Women Walk in Faith – Lysa TerKeurst