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it is well.

It’s normal to want things to go well.

But like gravity, we are vulnerable to what we cannot control. We can defy it, but inevitably we must surrender to it. Even the very act of resisting it proves the point.

There is no doubt God wants to bless us. We see it throughout the scriptures. I can’t help but wonder sometimes if we become so focused on this that we forget the other parts of the Bible which tells us about God’s comfort, his strength, and the peace he wishes to give us.

If we didn’t have to deal with things going wrong, then why those scriptures?

Why are we surprised by pain?

Because we’re human.

I know I have spent the greater part of my life embracing “calling those things that are not as if they were”. I was committed, determined, and embodied “faith without works is dead” and “the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man accomplishes much”.

I latched onto the definition of prayer warrior. It was a good fit for my personality and at the end of the day, I felt productive and accomplished. I am naturally responsible, dependable, and find great satisfaction in covering all the bases.

Until I discovered my faith would no longer be activity, but standing.

It wasn’t long before I realized no one really likes  you standing around. Not in this busy, goal-driven world we live in. If you aren’t moving and checking things off the list, are you really in a “good place”?

I think there is room for flexibility in the Christian faith. We cannot be rigid where God gives grace.

This does not mean we do whatever we want when it is clear what God says about it.

It means not everyone is going to look the same. Throughout the scriptures, we see Jesus dealing with people in very different ways.

Surely, God must have a greater range and capacity for us than we understand.

When Christopher died unexpectedly, you better believe my Lord and Savior was right by my side. That isn’t to say I didn’t go through horrendous emotions. But if I ever “saw God” like Job did after his suffering, it was then.

Do you know there is a place of suffering that is the greatest dark abyss known to mankind? A place of desperation of drowning and suffocation.  Only God exists in this place.

That is why those who have been there are sensitive to Christian platitudes, howbeit well-meaning. (And by the way, it is not a time to become offended with someone who has no patience for it. We would not speak casually to a burn victim. Please know some wounds cannot be seen).

If you haven’t been there, and I pray you never see it, believe what I am telling you.

When God says He is with us, He is.

And because He is, you can trust Him to do all the scriptures tell us .. now .. and into eternity.

Things may not go well, but it will be well with your soul.

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seeing God.

I’ve always carried the banner of faith in every situation. It fit me well. Most days, I am naturally optimistic and positive. The faith message found in the Bible resonated with me.

There is a place for faith. God says we need it. But I have found applying it to situations that positions a person to believe to the point of denying reality is wrong. We get this thinking from the faith scriptures. We ” call those things which be not as though they were”. The scripture says God does, but we have Christ in us so we do, too.

The Bible talks about trust, too. There are plenty of scriptures that say the inevitable: people get sick. Accidents happen. Things go wrong. People die.

Faith is also acceptance and learning to live with pain.

This is not a fatalist mindset. It is facing a situation with courage. Otherwise, there are endless questions that torment you. And usually, the promoters of the faith message are nowhere to be found. Because someone has to answer why your diligence to prayer did not work.

I’ve learned the hard way. But you don’t have to. Recognize what you know to be true. Because when you face tragedies, no matter how horrific, God says he will never leave you or forsake you. God’s presence is real when you’re walking through the valley of the shadow of death. Like Job said, “I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes.”

No one can take that away from you.

Don’t inject more hurt into your heart. They don’t understand. Forgive them. And let God lead you to the green pastures and quiet waters where he will heal your broken heart. It will naturally unfold in the days to come.

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And if you are committed to the Lord, you know his grace is enough. You also know that it may be how God wants you to let your light shine to others.

panic attacks.

Since the loss of my son, I began having panic attacks.

If you have them, you know what they are. They’re scary!

After the 3rd visit at the ER, a very kind doctor asked me, “Why won’t you take the medicine your doctor recommended? What are you afraid of?”

I wanted to cry out, “Because I’m a Christian and we don’t take stuff like that!”

But I didn’t. I was silent.

“If you had diabetes, you would be taking insulin, true?”

“Yes.”

The light went on. I’m not weak in my faith. I had misdirected faith. Would I have the faith to trust God to do something I didn’t understand? That I didn’t want to do?

I filled the prescription and it took less than a week to get straightened around.

The scary part of panic attacks was my mind racing. I felt like I was losing control. But the truth was, I wasn’t.

Truth is a wonderful thing. Perhaps difficult to admit to at first, but it really does set you free.

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~to be continued~

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tomorrow.

Some churches deal more with overcoming the pain than feeling it. That leaves people thinking they don’t have enough faith and they ignore the pain.

It’s just as wrong to ignore the pain and call it faith as it is to wallow in pain and never move through it the way God intended.

When my son died, there was no ignoring it. Pushing it away is like trying to cover a fatal, bleeding wound with your hand.

Each day, you face the pain. It is what it is and the best way is to have courage. Courage doesn’t mean you are not afraid, just like feeling pain doesn’t mean you don’t have faith.

Courage is based on truth and so we call it what it is. God has equipped us to walk through the pain, not avoid it.

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When the sun goes down at the end of the day, darkness settles over us and we don’t see clearly. Things sometimes look worse.

But remember, the sun always rises in the morning. And the new day is meant to brings us new hope and a new outlook. Don’t dread tomorrow! God is with you always and will guide you through your pain if you let him.

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