showing up

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

I was going through my daily feed on Facebook and came across a few posts from Wives of Faith, an outreach ministry for military wives founded by Sara Horn, author of God Strong, and My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife. I know I've posted about Wives of Faith before, because I led one of their bible studies in the area, and also because I gave my review of God Strong, and followed along the online study they had for that book. Oh, they also host a weekly Wife 2 Wife linkup on Wednesday that I sometimes partake in as well.

Whew, that's a lot of links. About the posts- a take on the impending government shutdown. We all know, being married to the military, that this is something that affects us directly. I mean, I was just on base this morning, and the pending shutdown accompanied with payday made a 10 minute drive over 1 hour long - the gate was so backed up that it makes me never want to leave home again. Traffic in socal is already bad as it is, but payday plus the news makes it to be too much to deal with at times.

This article on the Wives of Faith website is titled, Shut down or show up? Rather than fretting about the uncertainty and worry of the state of our government's finances and operations, we can instead use this crisis to see our God more clearly. Because, really, doesn't he do his best work when we feel at our lowest?

It's funny that at our young adult small group yesterday  we were talking about this same thing. What is some crisis you have gone through, that led to something beautiful? At our church we are undergoing a 31-week study of The Story, the Bible written as one flowing novel of God and his people - of the promise & the blessing. We just read Chapter 3- It is the story of Joseph, the favorite of his father, sent into slavery by his jealous brothers, and given the ability to interpret Pharaoh's dreams and in turn prepare Egypt from a pending famine, making him second in command of the nation. But what if this never happened- what if he never experienced the hurt of his brothers' betrayal? Nobody would be fed, nobody would be safe. Then we went around and told of our version in our own lives,

"If I didn't do/go through ____ then I wouldn't have gotten/be ___"

Maybe, in our current state, it can be read as this: If we weren't all experiencing the shutdown, I wouldn't be able to reach out to our neighbors - just as the Wives of Faith article notes. Showing up. This is our time to show up. Instead of fretting about our current state and that of the government, we can use our resources to help those most in need.

I'd like to share with you an excerpt from one of the Wives of Faith articles which is the essentials of what I'm trying to relay. Look toward God in a crisis, and show up for another who may not be in the best situation through this.  The following excerpt says it well:


Crisis situations remind us where our faith and our trust must be. And it’s not on the politicians in Washington. It’s not on whatever savings we may have been lucky, or wise, to have put away for rainy days such as the one we’re looking at right now. When we face a crisis, we have choices on how we respond: we can look every which way for an answer of our own making, or we can look to the One who created all of us in the first place.

While the politicians are pointing fingers at each other right now, I’d like to challenge all of us to point ours to God. To remind ourselves of His promises. Of His assurances we can find in His Word.
If you know God, and I hope you do, you know the peace He gives when storms come. Sometimes it’s easier to remember with our heads than with our hearts, but it is in a crisis, that God desires all the more for us to come to Him. Because when it seems there is no way out, God loves to make a way.


This is what I have to say:
God has a plan - do not fret! Look to Him for guidance, be frugal, be smart, be safe. Use this instance to seek the Lord and His plan for your life - use this as a sort of wake-up call, that we cannot control our own lives. God works for the good of His people- He in is control- we must now, more than ever, put our faith and trust in Him and His Word. He will give us peace in troubled times, just as He did with Joseph. Show up for another in greater need, and allow God to take control. Let go and let God. It is in times like these that we can truly seek the face of the Lord, times when we are at our lowest, and He will guide us through the storm - he just loves to do so.



Here are some verses Wives of Faith has noted, which can give us aide in our current situation:

Verses for Wives of Faith:

Romans 8:28 – And we know, that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him who are called according to His purpose.

Ephesians 3:12-13 – In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. I ask you, therefore not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

Ephesians 6:10 – Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Philippians 3:7-8 – But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things…

Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19 – And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 – We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

2 Timothy 1:7 – For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

3 comments:

  1. those are some great verses!!! I think my favorite is the first one from Romans:)

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  2. This is such a great post, Katherine. It seems that everyone in my newsfeed has some opinion or another, but while it affects some, it's important for us to take that step back and trust that God will help us find the eye of the storm. I shared this with my boyfriend, too :)

    http://lovinglifemoore.blogspot.com

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  3. Such amazing verses! With everything going on, it is such a blessing that there is a central truth we can all lean on.

    XOXO
    Chelsea
    http://anchorsaweigh-ouradventure.blogspot.com/

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