I was sitting in church and I could hear a woman wailing at the altar. Some of the other ladies at church had surrounded her and were praying for her.
As the sound of this woman surrounded me, I flashed back to March 3, 2014 and that woman was me. I was instantly taken back in time to that Sunday and I was the mom at the altar wailing, begging God for help for my family. The tears were intense and my heart was broken.
That was a very hard time for me. But I kept praying and turned to God. As I prayed one phrase kept coming to me, absolute obedience. I wasn't sure what it meant but I did know that it's what I had to do.
Over the next 4 years, because I had faith that God would make this better, I obediently followed God's leading even when it felt scary. Like Abraham, I followed God. I drew encouragement from his story and his testimony. He was counted faithful because of his obedience.
Some days it was hard to even put one foot in front of the other. But I found my strength in God and leaned on him for my daily dose of strength.
During this trial of obedience I was led to 1 Corinthians 10:13. This is a verse that is often misinterpreted as "God won't give you more than you can handle". However this verse actually says when a trial is trying to overtake you, God will help you through it. I had to lean on this and know that I would not be alone through this.
It took 4 years but God answered my prayers. Not everything was perfect again but there was healing and restoration where it needed to be. God had taken this time to heal old wounds and to do a work that under other circumstances couldn't have happened.
I'm not telling this story to make you feel sorry for me or wonder what happened. The purpose of this story is to tell you about God's faithfulness. Being obedient was the hardest thing I've ever done as a mom, yes harder than labor. However, my faith was built stronger than it was before. I've learned that obedience brings blessing and God's timing isn't my timing.
I pray that if anyone is going through a trial right now, that this story of my walk of faith and obedience encourages you.
Lean on God and he will be faithful to you.
Be encouraged mama! You're not alone! God is with you and he sees you!
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