You REALLY Need to hear this… “Sleeping in the Rage”
How is your heart today? Hurting you say? THIS REAL Life episode will soothe your soul!
This isn’t the easiest broadcast to hear if you don’t prefer REAL, RAW, and Unpretentious… First we begin with Mike Brock…
My decades long dear friend Mike Brock will tell his powerful but simple story of his redemption in the face of a gut-ripping discovery that changed his life forever…
You will see a little of yourself in Mike’s inspiring and courageous story…and you will be moved and inspired… Trust me on this. This IS REAL life.
The Daily REAL Life Struggle of chronic and critical illness of your child will break most people…
Not Bryn Sellers… Oh sure, it is a kick in the gut… daily. However, Bryn calls upon her faith and family to be strong for Carson, for each other, and for their faith in living a REAL Life…
Each of the Sellers family (Jeff, Bryn, Lacey, Cole and Carson) are amazing in their own ways, what they each experienced is nothing short of an amazing growth of an already strong but messy faith while living a REAL life.
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I prayed, expecting something to happen.
I put myself out there for the 2264th time. I stood in faith, made declarations, clutched my Scriptures.
God didn’t come through. At least not the way I hoped He would.
Yet I knew He wanted my expectation.
We would all answer that and say: a deadbeat father, an uncaring one, un-involved or too-busy-to-notice, or maybe one that is self absorbed, harsh.
Yet as we ponder our disappointment, our Father actually considers this a win, because He is none of those things. He is the complete opposite.
His goal never was our preconceived, outcome. His goal was that we would, every minute of every day learn to live in expectation of Him.
Like continually, without faltering.
But how do we do that if He actually doesn’t seem to ever come through the way we hope He will?
The answer, my friends is the real crux of the matter. We aren’t wired to live double minded (James 1:6,7), tossed around in a cycle that looks like this:
Praying for something ——-> believing ——-> doesn’t happen ——-> discouraged, upset or angry ——-> afraid to believe again ——-> mustering up strength ——-> choosing to try ——-> praying for something ——-> ….
No, we were meant to go through that enough times until the cycle stops, the tossing stops, and what’s left is a version of you that is strong, believing without wavering. In a life that looks more like this:
Praying, believing, expecting —————————>
The process of the tossing and being thrown by the waves is how we get to the serene, sure place. I’m not sure why or how it happens that way; it seems counterintuitive to our logical reasoning. I’m pretty sure no one arrives at the calm place without going through the violent tossing for a while first.
Maybe it’s possible to hurry along the tossing process … if you’re a fast-learner or are quicker to abandon control issues. But for most of us it takes as long as it takes.
Read the rest of the story of REAL life at: http://www.BrynSellers.com
And meaningful conversation about things that matter.
With that in mind, there are a couple of things you won’t see here. There won’t be any cute DIY projects or crafts, although I have done a very occasional crafty thing.
You also will most definitely not find recipes here. I dislike cooking food, planning food, shopping for food, talking about food, being responsible for people’s food… you get the idea. There are legitimate reasons for that, which I may discuss at some point. I am counting on Jesus to heal my attitude about food, so you never know what may happen. Until then, at least there are 541,267 other food blogs out there.
My love, my husband Jeff and I have been married 23 years. We have three amazing young adult children, one of them, our son Carson, has been violently ill for the last six years. (For a deeper explanation of our son’s battle, you can read that here.)
That’s over 2000 days of suffering and unrelenting trauma.
The good news is that we have it on good authority (the highest) that our son’s battle will end soon and he will be victorious. If you decide to stick around you will get to hear the rest of the story that God has planned that we don’t know about yet.
So what did she tell the Lord?
…So I told him that last week, “Lord, I know you want me to put this out there, but I am not feeling it.”
He said, “That’s the point. You are teaching others how to fight in weakness, to trust Me instead of the lies that assault the mind.”
We sometimes think the strongest people in faith are the ones with the bold voices, the ones that seem unfazed no matter what comes against them. The ones who don’t cry easily or show any faltering. And I am not saying they don’t have faith — we certainly all have different personalities and expressions in our relationships with God.
But I propose that sometimes strong faith actually looks like desperate weakness from the outside. When you have no more tears left to cry or words to pray, and all you can do is cry out on the floor and whisper….Jesus. And you feel inadequate, but you are still crying out. Still coming to Him. Faith is not built in the light, but in these dark hidden moments. It’s when you make the radical choice to come to Him again, even if nothing has changed from the previous hundreds of times you came to Him.
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. (Romans 8:26)
God understands not having words, He doesn’t need words. He evaluates differently than we do. He sees our hearts and the massive fortitude it takes sometimes for us to simply keep coming to Him… in our weakness.
That is real faith, indeed.
He knows how weak we are; He remembers we are only dust. (Psalms 103:14)
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