For I the Lord your God
will hold your right hand.
I am the Lord
Who says to you, fear not,
I WILL HELP YOU!
I dragged myself out of bed that workday morning already in tears and emotions cratering even before my feet touched the floor. As I stood before the mirror readying myself for work my continual heart cry once again erupted from my battle weary soul, "when is my breakthrough coming, Lord?" How much, longer until I see light at the end of this long dark tunnel? I'm not living in the promised land You've confirmed to me over and over again through gentle confirming Holy Spirit whispers, Your written Word, anointed preaching and teaching and even "right-on" prophetic words!" When God when!! I'm feeling really alone....haven't You noticed, Lord?!!
I was numb that day. I know that He is Faithful. I know and have witnessed His delivering, restoring power in my life. But, that wilderness season, barren season, desert season or whatever you want to call it season seemed endless. I was in a place I didn't want to be, ministry put on hold, finances in limbo, and at a job I couldn't stand with people so ungodly that my drive into work each day was a spiritual warfare road trip. I was miserable......I was with "Leah" and heartsick for my promised "Rachel" season (Genesis 29). When would I see my promise!!?? Every thing in my life was in full reverse seemingly going farther and farther away from the plans and purposes He put in my heart! My life was a complete contradiction to the promises He had given me!!!
That particular morning, I quickly downed a cup of coffee and grabbed my Joyce Meyer "Starting Your Day Right" devotional. Even if my time was brief in His Presence, I knew a few moments with Him and His Word would infuse His strength, encouragement and hope to walk this journey one more day!
I flipped through the devotional with no particular date in mind and stopped upon the page below. The moment my eyes fell upon the scripture and continued on to "The Lord says to you this morning", the Holy Spirit quickened within my heart and I KNEW this was a "Thus saith the Lord" word for me! Hallelujah!! I was prompted by the Spirit to copy that page and carry it with me everywhere I went. I tucked that precious Word from Heaven in my purse and carried it at all times. There were days when things were really rough and I'd pull it out and hold it in my lap under my desk and renew my heart and mind with those powerfully precious anointed Words! As I'm typing this I recall times when I'd slip to the restroom and stand in the stall and re-read and pray those promised Words! Oh, what one Word from His Heart will do to a sinking, weary heart!! A moment by moment fresh breath from Heaven to continue the journey!!
I still have that tattered dog-eared copy of that morning's devotional. I haven't read it in several years but ran across it a few days ago and have been meditating upon His faithfulness and goodness to fulfill His promises and bring us through and out of our barren, desert places to our place of victory and purpose! He's with us through every season!!
I pray that the words of this devotional minister to your heart. If you're in a wilderness season right now, don't loose heart. Run into His presence, rest upon His shoulders, press in and press on holding tight upon His promises and know that He's holding your hand and bringing you into your place of fulfillment, promise and purpose!
Because this tattered page is so special to me I scanned it for you to read. That little page with the penned Words from Heaven held me steady and helped lead me to my promised land of that season. I pray that it will encourage and spur you on - He is Faithful who hath promised!!
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By His strength, we will finish strong!!!
Love and Sweet Blessings!