As this year is finally coming to a close I can’t help but feel overwhelmed at the goodness the Lord has shown me. He’s always been there through it all, but this year He’s shown up in new and different ways as I’ve faced new and different things. It’s so wonderful to know that as my circumstances and seasons of life change, God never does. He’s always enough. He shows up and proves Himself time and again to me. New problem? New challenge? New sickness? New obstacle? New need? New heartbreak? New hurt? The answer is still the same. Jesus.
My prayer is becoming more and more that people would see Jesus at work in my life. I want to relay the message that Jesus is alive and well and moving for His children.
This year has been rough. Financially, physically, personally, emotionally, it’s touched every aspect of my life in some way. I have struggled through most every day for the last 8months. I’m even more of a hot mess than usual. My body is in pain 24/7. I can’t function the way I did. I can’t go as hard or as long as I want to. I can’t do as many things in a day. But God is faithful.
We haven’t faced financial ruin. We’ve paid our bills. We’ve had food on the table and even been able to give back to others. I am not dead, or in a worse physical state. So many things were affected in my body by Covid, but not all of them, and not as badly as they could have been. I’m still married. I’m becoming a better mom. This pandemic that put me at home also forced me to face problems in my home. I’ve been working hard to follow the correction of the Lord when it comes to my part in those problems. I’m becoming more like Jesus. The pain in my body doesn’t leave, but neither does Jesus. He is there to see me through every step of the way. I find myself a lot lately praying for the Lord to help me do the things I can’t. He always does. I am becoming more and more dependent on the Lord, and finding Him more and more faithful each day.
I want people to know my life is a big display of Gods grace and mercy and power at work. I want you to know I’m not perfect. I want you to know I have real tangible problems. I have really crappy things going on in my life. I have so many things I wish were different but are outside of my control. And I want you to know that despite all of that I’m okay. I’m okay because Jesus never fails me.
Whatever I need, He is.
So why am I telling you all of this? As I read this verse in the book of Ruth I heard the Lord say “Let them hear.”
“Then she set out with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in Moab how the LORD had taken care of His people [of Judah] in giving them food.”
Ruth 1:6 AMP
Ruth heard about the Lord moving for His people and she left everything to get to where He was. And when she got there, she was saved. It’s time we become like Judah. It’s time people start hearing about the wonderful works of Jesus in our lives. It’s time they know where to come when the world fails them, because it will. It’s time the lost hear the sound of our testimonies ringing through the land. It’s time people know that Jesus is more than a story. He is faithfully providing for His children day in and day out. And as times get harder, He gets busier on our behalf. As our problems get more complex so do His solutions. As our prayers get bigger, so do His answers. As the world gets darker, His light should shine brighter through us. And as the noise of the enemy gets louder, so should our testimonies.
I don’t like to air my imperfections and shortcomings. I don’t like to tell you that my life isn’t ideal. I don’t like you to know I’m struggling. I don’t want you to know all of my limitations. But if it helps you know who Jesus is, I’ll shout it from the rooftops.
Let’s let them hear Jesus, no matter the cost. The world needs us to be faithful in this work now more than ever. Put down your pride. Take off your religious mask. Let it fly.
To God be the glory, great things He has done! ❤️