Today is my sweet sister Karina’s birthday. She is an amazing gift to me in so many ways. Just before my (biological) sister and friend Kerina went home to be with the Lord at 40 years old, the Lord gave me another sister with a very similar name and gifting. Karina is a constant reminder that God loves me dearly.
Karina was talking to a few of us today about how God has instilled a greater amount of patience in us over this last season, and she declared no more delays over us. I feel wholeheartedly that she is on to something as I sit and consider various circumstances in my life that seemed to be put on pause, some at what felt like, the worst moments.
You know how, when difficult situations arise and then pass, once you’re on the other side, you see clearly how you could have done things differently? This is one time where I can say that I did a lot better than ever before. In the midst of my “great pause”, I did some lamenting, but primarily, it was out to God. The lamenting I did to the few people that I did, proved to be amazing choices too, as I became surrounded and engulfed in prayer and godly counsel.
The most important thing I believe I did right this go ’round, is that I although I felt circumstances in my life were on pause at horrible moments, I kept moving forward, sometimes crying, but praising and worshiping God the whole way through.
When and where there was something I could do to help, I did it, and continued on, even seeing little to no changes. When I wasn’t seeing much progress in my post partum weightloss journey, I kept right on running- literally. When I couldn’t seem to write, when my ability to flow with my writing seemed to have packed up and moved away, I would write just a word. I literally have a document with a list of words. When I experienced marital issues, I did my part and pressed onward, in love, because ultimately, I love my husband and want to stay married to him for the rest of my life.
Now, I am seeing steady, small changes for the better in my marriage and weight loss journey. Today, I did not write mere words, I wrote paragraphs. I flowed with Holy Spirit and wrote what the Lord gave me to write. I finally feel like I am truly working on one of my books!
My prayer for you is that you would experience this flow of movement in a wonderful direction. I declare that what was stopped up and blocked off, is now open. My prayer is that you don’t despise the difficulties you have experienced. I pray that you see how they have helped you to grow. I speak a holy release over you. May you always flow with the Lord and be productive, producing a harvest far greater than anything in your wildest imagination!