There is a Season To Get Up and Go
There is a season to get up and go. This past year has been very challenging for myself and my family. It seems when it rains it pours and these are the times when God challenges my faith. We started out our year with high expectations of happiness, health, and prosperity. Little did I know as we were toasting to a season full of grace we were about to enter a season of darkness. I have had things happen in my life that at the time were terrible and I did not know how I was going to make it through them. I would pray and hope God would hear my plead but that was back when I knew of God but did not know God
‘Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.’ Romans 12:2
Three years ago, I was baptized in the Holy Spirit and my whole world opened up to pure JOY in knowing God is with me at ALL times through the good and the bad. This year however, was a year of testing how faithful to God I really was. At first when we had a house fire in the early spring I just thought it was a bad air conditioning handler and we were just lucky no one was hurt. And the only damages were out of the grace of God minimal and limited to the attic. Then two weeks later we had a bad flood from the brand-new air unit that was not installed properly in the second-floor attic causing severe water damage to the first floor. It was then I realized from a fire to a flood that God was up to something and my faith was to remain strong. My house had gone through a lot of repair and it was emotionally affecting my health. I remained faithful to God recognizing we were going through a season of darkness and I even talked to the children about it. Together with God’s mercy we would see the light again. But again, my faith was tested when I was rushed to the emergency room with symptoms of a mini stroke to later find out I had a rare inner ear virus, something I had never heard of before. When one of my daughters was hospitalized a week later with dehydration and anxiety from worrying about me, I prayed to Jesus to please pick me up because even though my eyes remained on Him and my faith remained strong I was becoming weak. That is when I got on my knees and prayed to God to please help us and through the power of the Holy Spirit. I was not going to waiver in my faith for Him and I needed him more than ever. We then had Hurricane Irma hit the area and we had to evacuate with 7 kids, my parent’s, 3 dogs and 2 cats! We traveled 400 miles to get away from the giant storm and find availability to stay in a hotel for 5 days before returning to our homes. Our home had damage from a tornado with roof damage and downed trees. So, the house had gone through a fire, flood, and now a hurricane.
I again turned to the Lord for protection and strength to bare the dark season we were in. After the hurricane, my brick and mortar retail store could not sustain the weak retail market. I had to close my doors to my lovely little store. I again prayed to the Lord for protection and strength to bare the dark season we were in.
Even though I was tired and worn down I was not going to give into the devil. I have found that the stronger my faith in God the stronger the devil comes at me. But I easily beat him with my faith. I again prayed to the Lord for help and to give me guidance to receive peace. And He then gave me the answer on how to regain my strength and peace.
The Holy Spirt guided me to the highest mountain in the Smoky Mountains. To stand and look at the beauty of God. When I final arrived at the mountain top I cried and prayed because I felt Joy once again. I knew He was with me to guide me through the valley. When I came home I was thankful, recharged and fresh.
‘I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.’ Psalms 12:1-2
I thank God for my season of darkness so my faith grows in Him. God led me through the valley to stand literally on a mountain top once again! God orchestrated and then guided me through my season of darkness knowing my faith for Him is unwavering. I do not want to go through another season of darkness but I will. Knowing God is by my side and strengthening my faith when I feel weak is God being God. Without His guidance I would absolutely not have gotten through this year by myself.
‘For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.’ -Ecclesiastes 3:12
My Get up and Go this week is to keep thanksgiving in 2018. Throughout all seasons feel the strength of faith and the power you really do possess through the gift of the Holy Spirit.