Walking On Troubled Waters

Normally, this blog would be a Bible study lesson but we have completed studying the book of John. We have learned a great deal about who Jesus is and who we are in this scarred world. Next week, we will begin studying the book of Romans. We will learn how to ignite our passion for God.

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This morning I came across a prayer on Instagram that resonated with me. “Lord, may my pain be turned to purpose. My hurt be turned to healing. My wounds be turned to wisdom. My stagnation be turned to supernatural success. My disappointment be turned to a divine appointment.” (taken from @getthroughtheweek on Instagram) I don’t know about you, but my life has been in flux for the past four years. This past year has been the hardest. I am having to walk on the water with Jesus.

Despite uncertainties, God hears me. He hears my inner most desires even if I’ve never spoken them out loud. He sees me. He sees my hopes and dreams. For the past four years, God has been helping me to ebb out the season of raising kids along with making a home and He is propelling me forward into the next stage of life that He has for me. I began writing my story in book form and this has taken me into the unknown.

This unknown has caused much strife within me. I am leaving my favorite season and heading into the empty-nesting season of uncertainty. What do I do now? Will the second half of life really be as good as the first? God is going to have to show me.

Despite experiencing pain and hurt along with feeling stagnated, disappointment has ensued me as God unfolds my days with answered prayers that come in different forms than what I was expecting. God is like this, you know. He keeps me humbled and looking up. He keeps me praying, like the prayer above. He has more for me. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” I keep trusting and believing that God has better days ahead. Because of Jesus, I have hope in tomorrow. I am able to walk on water as Jesus holds my hand.

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I want you to know that better days are ahead. COVID-19 has disrupted all our lives. We all face uncertainties of what tomorrow is going to look like. Whatever has gotten you down and perhaps fearful, know that God hears you and sees you. He is actively working on your behalf even if you do not see it. Be open to God showing you a new way of living.

Look at the prayer above and notice what we obtain when we let God be God in our lives. Whatever has been painful, God can make it purposeful. Whatever hurts we hold on to, God can heal them when we let go. This world wounds us in various ways. God can give wisdom in seeing how He is there for us. We are never alone. He has compassion towards us. Are you feeling like you are stuck? God can open doors and bring about opportunities. Battling disappointments? God can change things around and restore what was lost.

Prayer is our lifeline to God. Things change when we talk with God and listen to what He has to say. Prayer strengthens our weak knees and ignites our faith. Reading God’s Word is the light to our uncertain path. We must wait as we trust and believe. We must patiently wait knowing that His timing is perfect and that better days lie ahead.

This empty-nesting season is going to be greater than what I think right now. God is going to show me. Launching United In Love and writing a book is going to prove advantageous in the mission God has for me. He has called you on a mission too.

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We are called to not look around at the world. We will sink pretty deep if we do. We are to look straight into the eyes of Christ as we step out of our comfortable boats and walk on the water with Him. He promises to never leave us nor forsake us. Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5 says, “Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.'”

Who’s with me in walking confidently on the water? God has great things in store for us.


10 thoughts on “Walking On Troubled Waters

  1. Hi Carol!

    You wrote on a few of my favorite topics … prayer and trusting/living for God.

    I was concerned when I read something you wrote.

    I’m not certain what you meant in writing that, “God has great things in store for us.”

    What if what God has in store for you and I for the remainder of our lives is hardship, affliction or suffering? Will He still be good? Will He still be faithful? Will He still be worthy of our devotion, praise and worship?

    I have noticed in the past that some brothers and sisters who had declared such a belief about God having good things in store for them and their loved ones became disheartened and disillusioned in their relationship with the Lord when He allowed the exact opposite to happen. Others of weaker or younger faith who learned of what happened became confused about the true nature of our sovereign God as well and they too became disheartened and disillusioned.

    None of us knows what the Lord will allow to touch our lives in the future. Only He knows and that is cause for rejoicing!

    L. Anne

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    1. L. Anne, thank you for this.

      I understand what you are saying. God has great things for us is found His Presence. He is with us no matter what we face.

      This world offers many hardships and we all will endure them in some form or another. He helps us through trials or storms and the greatest thing He has in store for us is eternal life with Him when we leave this earth.

      We have hope for greater things when we walk with Christ!

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  2. Carol, your words brought tears to my eyes this morning. I am in a season of huge change! I will admit that I have quite a few days as I have not been able to “keep up” with the study (my fault). Anyway, I am entering a nest season too, and I can’t say I am looking forward to it! Your words are an encouragement for me to remember that God has my future planned out and He goes ahead of me! Pls pray for me. I am praying for you! I am impatient, fear the unknown (future) and trying to trust His timing. Hugs my friend!💕

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  3. Dear Carol: this was good, what you did in here, touching lives, changing moods, influencing change and so much else. May God give you increased grace and insights to continue the call on your life. Be well. Be prepared, I believe there’s a mighty turn around just waiting to happen…it might not seem like a big break initially but it will open the door to a big breakthrough….one that you’ve placed previously on your priority list but in time it lost sheen…God is going to revive something for you….just get set…..

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    1. Thank you for your timely words Sophia. I am struggling with having patience as I move forward with this ministry and publishing my book. I also deal with high anxiety as I walk on the water in faith. You encouraged me to keep moving forward. Thank you. Have a wonderful day.

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