Breaking Through Confusion and Disillusionment To Find Wonder and Miracles

By Kathi Pelton

There are two narratives to choose from in our lives: God’s narrative or the enemy’s narrative.

The enemy speaks a narrative that is a far more familiar message to what the world has taught us to live by. It is based on rational thinking, sight, circumstances, works, human strength and the wisdom of man.

God speaks a narrative that is full of mysteries, impossibilities, a wisdom that is based on grace and truths that are mere foolishness apart from faith.

I often hear people say that they don’t hear the voice of God. Often this is because they have become so familiar with the narrative of the world and the voice of reason that the mysteries of God’s ways are doubted and strange. They sound like foolish imaginations, therefore are dismissed. Yet, when the believer begins to weigh that still small voice with Biblical truths and step out in faith to follow it they discover that the foolishness of God is wiser than any human wisdom that they have followed.

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. 1 Corinthians 1:25

The enemy is far too excited to shout accusations against God and his character to those who hold fast to the demand to understand his ways according to what their eyes see and the thoughts understand. But the renewed mind knows, without doubting, that there is nothing that puts the goodness of God or his faithfulness in question. No longer is there a demand to understand his ways according to the flesh but we walk out his instructions (though often foolish to those looking on) putting our hope in his faithfulness alone.

Much of the disillusionment that believers become stuck comes from listening to the all too familiar narrative of the world and of the “god of this world”. When God becomes our portion and prize there is no longer room made for disappointment and disillusionment. There is no disappointment in him— only discovery of profound mysteries as we trust and follow him.

When my husband and I were newly married we set out on our first steps of faith as a married couple by moving away from our home and all of our family to go to Bible college in another state across the nation. We didn’t have jobs arranged or money beyond what we needed to get there, and we didn’t know anyone there. We were both so excited to walk out our faith for the first time as a married couple.

After we traveled thousands of miles to arrive in our new apartment, we discovered that we had forgotten to put money aside to turn on our electricity. It was July and the heat and humidity was unbearable. We had spent all of our money on the journey to get there and on school costs so we didn’t have what we needed to turn the electricity on. We spent the first 24-hours sweating and wondering if we had bit off more than we could chew. We had only just arrived and we were already in lack.

The next day was Sunday and during worship my young husband went to the altar to pray while I stayed in the pew, feeling very alone in the midst of thousands of strangers. I looked around at the huge crowd and my eye caught sight of a white haired man walking down the center aisle. He caught my attention not because of his white hair but because he was wearing a long trench coat on a very hot and humid day. As he walked down the aisle my eyes followed his steps. When he came to the row that I was in, he squeezed past the all the people and walked straight up to me. He looked straight into my eyes and said,

“I have been sent here to give this to you.”

He placed in my hand the exact amount of money that we were in need of to turn on our electricity. Then he turned around, walked back down the aisle and left the building— in his trench coat into the 100° heat and humidity. The building was made up of glass walls so I searched with my eyes to see where he went but he just disappeared. In that moment I knew that I had just encountered an angel and I heard the voice of the Spirit say,

“Trust me always and watch what I will do.”

He sent an angel to do what we could not do for ourselves. This would merely be the first time we’d experienced angelic help and miraculous intervention throughout our years of following his voice. His divine provision has marked our lives more often than we can count and taught us to rest in the wisdom of God even when circumstances dictate another outcome.

With God everything is upside down from the way it is with the world. His Word and his Spirit are the instruments or gauges that we depend on to direct us. The right way with God is often the wrong way with the world, the “go” with God is often the “stop” with the world, left is right and right is left— with God even weakness is strength! It’s disorienting at first but what a joy it becomes when the burden of figuring things out with human understanding and working with our limited strength is replaced by the mercy, grace and wisdom of God.

The following words are the foolishness by which we live by and find our truth in,

“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”” I Corinthians‬ ‭1:26-31‬ ‭

Dare to follow the mysterious voice of truth and the narrative of God. You will find rest for your soul and joy in your journey. His ways are not our ways…THEY ARE HIGHER!

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With God— ALL Things Are Possible!

By Kathi Pelton

There is not an impossible situation that I do not believe is possible with God! I live in that posture everyday. I will never not BELIEVE that in Christ— all things are possible.

But— I am just going to say something that may not go down well with some who read this…I do not believe that we need to deny what we are facing to believe for a miracle! I think that a lot of our “name it and claim it” or “don’t say it or you’ll come into agreement with it” come under superstitious thinking rather than Biblical faith.

Blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52) had no problem crying out and saying, “I am blind and I want to see!” And because of his faith— he was healed. He did not sit quietly claiming, “I am not blind.” His acknowledgment of the natural condition that was upon his life did not hinder his faith that Jesus could heal him.

Yet, in the body of Christ, I see this all the time and it’s becomes a huge burden that stops our souls from processing painful events and often hinders our faith. Why do we need faith for healing if we refuse to acknowledge we are sick or in need? We can acknowledge what is happening to us (or someone we know) and from that natural place we call out to Jesus with a supernatural faith.

Over the years I have been around so many impossible situations where unnatural guidelines were placed that quite honestly felt as though my hands were tied and my prayers of faith were given a very low ceiling to work with. I do not believe that our faith is hindered if we acknowledge that a doctor’s report says that the diagnosis has some sort of a negative outcome. We can acknowledge that the physician has given, to the best of their ability, a report on what science knows about that particular disease or illness. From that place we call out for mercy and healing, knowing that our God is able to heal and even resurrect. Natural truth does should not hinder spiritual faith! It merely acknowledges that there is a need for a miracle.

The woman with the issue of blood did not sit home saying, “I am not sick, I am not bleeding.” No, she knew that she needed a touch from Jesus and she ran after him to receive it (Mark 5). This miracle happened when Jesus was on his way to perform a different miracle for Jairus, one of the synagogue leaders. Jairus had fallen at the feet of Jesus, pleading, ”My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” His daughter died by the time that Jesus arrived but because of her dad’s faith, Jesus raised her back to life.

No one was afraid to speak what was happening to them or what was wrong with their loved one. They merely followed the natural facts with a supernatural faith that they pursued until they brought it to Jesus.

To say, “I am sick” or “I am blind” is not to attach your faith to the diagnoses, it is merely to say, “I need a touch from the Master’s hand.”

I have met many Christians that seem to operate in a form of superstition— and then they demand that those around them do the same. I have been told not to say the word cancer or whatever word describes the condition needing a miracle. How do you pray for a condition that you’ve been forbidden to acknowledge exists? My faith is bigger than any diagnosis or condition. Do not live in fear of what is a natural fact because we are not putting our hope in facts but in faith through Jesus.

If I am lacking any good thing (provision, help, wisdom, etc), I take it to God in prayer and apply my faith. I know that he is able to do all things! I do not carry on as if nothing is happening— afraid that if I acknowledge my need that I’ve bound myself to it. No, I take the impossible to the One who makes all things possible!

We live as citizens of heaven while
still clothed in human bodies and living amid human suffering. In this natural place we have a divine advocate and a healer who’s name is Jesus. We have a hope that surpasses the plight of our humanity and have a God who can turn our impossibilities into miraculous possibilities.

You do not need to be afraid to acknowledge what you might be facing but don’t stop there! Fall at the feet on the One who can heal, provide, set free and make the impossibles possible. Fear and denial will not provide your breakthrough— it is time to put your faith in Jesus.

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Being Human— Becoming Transformed

By Kathi Pelton

I was thinking about how often, as Christians, we are afraid to show our human weaknesses or reveal our struggles— believing that is will make us appear less spiritual or be less admired.

Yet, we are made of soul and spirit. Most people live out their lives from only their souls (emotions and intellect), ignoring that their souls were created to be a response to their spirits that are submitted to the Holy Spirit.

The truth is that no matter who we are or how far we think that we have grown in Christ, we are continually coming up against our humanity (which is the struggle to see our sin soiled souls transformed). We have been given the constant opportunity and invitation to take that soul struggle to the peace of Jesus, which will then lead us into the wisdom of the Spirit, who shows us how to live— but we must accept that invitation.

In my early years of walking with Jesus, I would have many moments that I suddenly hit the “wall of my soul” and rather than taking the time to process it with the Holy Spirit, I would stuff it down until it was hidden or numbed. This only served to delay in inevitable surfacing of the soul-struggle for another day at another inopportune moment.

I have learned over the years to take time to recognize my humanity by understanding that it has many weaknesses and is in constant need of divine help. I do not allow shame to come upon me when my soul needs help to yield to supernatural strength, wisdom or healing. I recognize that my soul wants control and to have every “why” answered. Yet, surrender brings rest from all the striving and allows His Spirit to teach me the right way to go. Submission to His Spirit brings safety and assurance of things hoped for.

Not one of us can escape being human. We wrestle against our soulish demands, our soulish thoughts of entitlement and our fleshly desires that often go against obedience to His Spirit. But the wrestle, which brings the defeat of a life led by selfish desires, is worth the reward of becoming one with Him. We receive His easy yoke.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

There is also beauty found within our souls and our humanity— we can’t forget that. My soul gets emotional every time I see a beautiful sunset or the way that fog can rest on the dewy grass in the early morning. I am in constant awe that God created great minds that make amazing discoveries. Our souls are not bad, our humanity is not evil— it is only the sin that has infected the souls of mankind that has produced evil. We are really wrestling down sin— so that our souls can come into a spiritual awakening that brings freedom and joy, wisdom and peace.

Today I had a couple early morning hours of wrestling down my soul— or the sin that desired to pollute my soul. I had to wrestle down selfish thoughts and even a bit of envy. The temptation was not sin but nevertheless it had to be wrestled into submission to the purity of His Spirit. If we ignore the assignments sent against our souls then they can remain and grow roots.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12

We are human lives experiencing a spiritual transformation and awakening— but it only happened in partnership with the work and power of the Holy Spirit. We live before the Father, clothed in the righteousness of His Son, but we still must seek first His Kingdom and allow our hearts to be made pure.

“Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Psalm 51:10

Remember— you can pause any time to submit your soul to His Spirit. When a impure thought or selfish desire enters— take it captive!

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5

Practice purity and make a habit of dealing with sin or the temptation to sin in the moment that you become aware of it. We have an advocate who is for us! He overcame all sin and temptation— even as a human. He understands our plight and has a way for us to overcome and live in abundance of freedom and joy.

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You Are Not Alone In The Battle!

By Kathi Pelton

There is a reality that we must grasp as those who have given their lives to the King of Kings…we are in a continuous battle! The problem occurs when the battle becomes our focus rather than the King. That battle is the real battle!

The enemy is always plotting ways to draw our focus and our affections away from the One who holds us in the arms of grace and perfect love; desiring to cause our focus to be upon the darkness rather than the light. We are children of the Light and within the light of His promises, His victory and His perfect love we will find peace and rest in the midst of the battles. Yes, the battles are real but the victories are already established in the finished work of the cross.

You may be facing battles that have touched your family, your body, your resources, your mind and your emotions but know this…YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THE BATTLE! Not only are you not alone but the reality is that the battle is not yours but it belongs to the Lord.

Have you taken ownership of the battles that are before you? If so, give them back to the Lord. He has victory in His hand and rest for you that will refresh you and bring you victory.

Refocus your gaze and affections on the Lover of your soul…Jesus! Not only are you not alone in your battle but the King desires to take your battle upon Himself. As you focus your affections and attention upon Him, He will bring you rest. Praise Him for who He is! Praise Him for the beauty of His holiness, the brilliance of His light and the perfection of His love. These are the only weapons you need in the battle and the Lord will do the rest.

You cannot fight these battle in the strength of man but rather they are won in the position of surrender. Not surrender to the enemy but surrender to the Lord. He will bare His mighty arm on your behalf and His strength will defeat the enemies that have surrounded you. It is in the place of our weaknesses that we see His strength made manifest, but we first must embrace the place of “boasting in our weakness” (acknowledging our weakness) so that He can be shown strong.

Remember the words that the Lord spoke to Jehoshaphat,

“…The LORD says this to you: ‘Be not afraid or dismayed at this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15‬(b)

Jehoshaphat’s response to the Lord’s promise was to fall on his face and worship. Of a matter of fact, all the inhabitants of Jerusalem did the same thing. They bowed to worship the Lord.

The next morning they went out to face their enemy and this is what happened,

“When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the LORD and those who praised Him in their holy (priestly) attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Praise and give thanks to the LORD, for His mercy and lovingkindness endure forever.” When they began singing and praising, the LORD set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were struck down [in defeat].” 2 Chronicles‬ ‭20:21-22‬

Lift up your voice and praise the Lord for His mercy and lovingkindness! Praise Him as you go out today to face your enemy. Do not focus on the enemy but on the Lord! Do not fear, do not be dismayed…worship and watch God strike the enemy down in utter defeat!

You are not alone but you must surrender the battle to the Lord, who will set an ambush against the enemy and bring him down in “utter defeat!”

WORSHIP! His mercy and lovingkindness is never failing and never ending. Victory is in the hand of your King. You are not alone but the Warrior King has gone before you with victory.

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Past Traumas Are Being Healed and Joy Is Being Restored

By Kathi Pelton

I was remembering a time that my husband and I were praying over friends that had been in an situation for many years that caused deep trauma to their souls. As we were praying for them I became aware of an angel standing over them holding a large water pitcher. This angel began to pour a heavenly liquid over their heads. I was taken by surprise by this because I had encountered this very angel years earlier. It had appeared while I was with a dear friend who had experienced a traumatic loss in her life. It appeared with the same pitcher and was pouring a liquid substance over her as well.

The Angel of Healing

There are angels of healing and restoration. The liquid that they poured out was a mixture of healing water along with the oil of joy. The healing water had been drawn from Heavenly healing pools and it was mixed with the oil of joy. It not only heals but it restores joy.

This angel comes to wash away trauma as well as restore (heal) the areas that trauma have wounded souls.

Angels of healing are even now being sent in response to the cries of the children of God.

“I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me. You refused to let my enemies triumph over me. O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you restored my health. You brought me up from the grave, O Lord. You kept me from falling into the pit of death.” Psalms‬ ‭30:1-3‬ ‭

Cycles of Trauma

When this angel was in our midst I saw writing that appeared before my eyes that said,

“Trauma produces fear, fear produces triggers, triggers produce reactions and reactions produce more trauma.”

It becomes a vicious cycle that wounds and re-wounds the soul and causes people to live in a continual state of trauma, fear, triggers and reactions.

God is with you to break cycles of trauma and triggers. He will send angels of healing and restoration that will pour this heavenly liquid over your wounded soul. These angels are dipping jars in the healing pools of heaven and pouring in the oil that brings joy. You can finish 2022 with old doors shut and new doors open— doors of trauma will receive closure and doors of restoration will be open. November and December will be months of healing and the restoration for many of God’s children.

Invite the Angel to Come

I believe that the Father is asking you to invite these angels of healing to come to you and pour this healing substance over your body and soul. You do not have to see the angel; your faith is all that is needed. You will begin to experience healing from past traumas and all the fear and reactions that have been attached to them.

This is a divine reset from your loving Father who does not want you to suffer any longer. He will set you free from living with trauma and cycles that occur when those traumas mark the soul. Let his healing waters saturate your soul and the oil of joy awaken your spirit.

“He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭147:3‬ ‭

Joy Comes After Mourning

You will begin to experience joy once again. There are seasons of mourning but God wants you to know that as the darkness of trauma is washed away, light will come like a new day to renew you with joy.

“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!” Psalms‬ ‭30:11-12‬ ‭

Joy will come as the wounds are healed. It will surely come…as surely as the morning.

“…Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Psalms‬ ‭30:5‬b

Healing angels are awaiting your invitation to come and pour healing over your body and soul. Their jars are filled. God will restore your soul and bring the light of morning after a long night season of pain. The oil of joy will be poured over you and you will see the light of day.

“…and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.” Isaiah 61:3

Now is the time for your healing!

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Clearing The Air

By Kathi Pelton

The air in our city is filled with smoke today from a nearby wildfire. It’s hard to breathe and hard to see— air quality is poor. As I thought about this today it reminded me about how our spiritual perspective can pollute or clear the atmosphere of our lives.

The enemy is always trying to start emotional wildfires. He kindles strife, fear, insecurities, divisions, doubts and so much more. The moment we begin to engage with these demonic sparks— we pour gas on it. Then all we can see and breathe is the polluted spiritual and emotional atmosphere around us.

In about 24-hours, rain is coming to my region. It will not only clear the air of smoke but it will douse the fire that is raging out of control. Jesus is the downpour that we need when we have allowed all the “smoke and mirrors” to rob us of our peace. He comes and speaks truth while pouring out cleansing over our lives. He clears our minds and calms our fears— he douses the out-of-control fire that surrounds you.

If you are having a hard time seeing beyond the raging circumstances that surround you or are finding it difficult to breathe because fear and anxiety are sitting on your chest— it’s time to let Jesus clear the air around you.

You were not created to live in a polluted spiritual atmosphere but are invited to live in the peace that surpasses your understanding and in the love that gives you joy amid trials. Return to the truth of his promises and stand under the rain that washes away the ash and smoke.

It’s time to thrive—

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The Restoration of Honor That Will Set You Free

By Kathi Pelton

There is great power that occurs as we honoring one another. If there is one thing that I have learned throughout my years of walking with Jesus, it is that He always treats me with honor. He has never treated me according to the flesh but honored who He created me to be and has treated me according to that identity. When He sees me, He sees me through the eyes of honor…this is my true reality.

Many years ago I began a journey of discovering how He sees people. This journey changed everything for me. It was like receiving a pair of glasses that changed my eyes from seeing the distorted dishonor that the enemy puts upon lives to seeing the clear and honoring way that our God views another.

As we begin to see others the way that He sees them, it causes us to treat them with honor. Honor will always lifts up the one who has felt cast down.

When I was 14 years old I was already living out all sorts of evil that years of dishonor had defined in my life with. I am so grateful that a man at my high school saw me the way that Jesus saw me. He treated me with honor and it was those actions that eventually led me to Jesus.

Here are truths about dishonor and honor:

• Dishonor drags a person down where honor lifts them up.

• Dishonor exposes nakedness and honor covers shame.

• Dishonor weakens and honor strengthens

• Dishonor imprisons a man and honor sets him free

• Dishonor establishes a lie and honor restores God’s truth.

• Dishonor divides a man from God and honor reconciles him to God.

There are so many more!

The culture of honor is the Kingdom culture that we must treat all men by. As we honor someone according the image that they were created in we actually begin to call forth “Christ in them”. We honor Christ as we honor others. Honor redefines the way someone sees themselves and gives them courage to live that truth out.

Whether it is a family member or a friend, a stranger on the street or a clerk in a store, a rich man or poor man, a political leader or church leader, a child or the elderly…all need to experience honor. Honor is to be shown even if it is not deserved because that is what Jesus gave to us (and still gives to us).

I pray that the eyes of the God’s people will be fully opened to see what Jesus sees. I pray that the actions of the God’s people will be aligned with the honor of the Kingdom of God that knows that all men are created in the image of Christ. I pray that the mouth of
God’s people would speak words of life and honor over lives that have been defined by dishonor. I pray that you will see yourself with the eyes of honor.

One of the favorite sayings in our church are the words from Hebrews 12:24,

“…the blood of Jesus speaks a better word…”

If you have been the recipient of dishonor— I pray that the honor that Jesus treats you with will restore and heal you. May his honor wash over you. May honor be restored and your identity in Christ be rediscovered and realized. Today I declare upon your life the better word that the blood of Jesus has spoken…

“You were created to be honored and to release honor.”

Amen~

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I Just Want To Be With You

By Kathi Pelton

It’s simple! As believers we often make the most simple things complex and convoluted— such as intimacy.

Did you know that intimacy with Jesus is that deep familiarity and shared affection that we have with those who we love to share our lives with the most? It is being together, talking together and even just resting quietly together.

So much of our Christian lives are surrounded by strategies, training, equipping and the thing that we need to do next. I am not suggesting that those things are bad, but I think we can wrongly take that mindset into the simplicity of intimacy and relationship with Jesus— often damaging true friendship and joy.

I once had a dear friend that was incredibly gifted in the prophetic. I worked closely with her but found it difficult to form a close relationship. We’d often meet for coffee and I would always begin our time with a hug and questions about her family, her personal life and her heart. She honestly had no desire to talk about those things and would give me short and shallow answers immediately followed by asking me, “What is the Spirit saying to you! What are you getting prophetically?”

I appreciated her desire to hear the Lord and to partner with what others were hearing but I wanted more than her gift and I wanted to give her more than my spiritual gift— I desired her friendship and a deeper connection of hearts.

I often wonder if God feels this way when we sit down to talk with him? Are we coming to get information or to nurture intimacy? I have been guilty many times of coming to “hear revelation” rather than to enter into the revelation of who he is while vulnerably revealing who I am. If this happens too often, he will stop me and say, “I just want to be with you.”

When I get together with my closest friends or my beautiful family— it isn’t with any agenda except to be together. I love their presence, I love the sound of their voices, I love to look into their eyes, I love to touch them and to enjoy them. It brings rest and refreshing to us and it brings great joy to my life.

Many believers need to practice and re-learn intimacy with God. They need to find him as their closest friend and just be with him. They need to have conversations that aren’t about the next assignment but about family, dreams, exciting news and even personal struggles. I even like to ask Jesus about his family— “How are your kids?” He’s happy to share out of friendship and deep intimacy even more than out of a need for more information.

If this is speaking to your heart and you realize that you’ve been relating to God from a place of “ministry partner” more than intimate friend, then maybe this is what he is saying to you today,

“I just want to be with you. I want to hear your voice, listen as you share your heart, I want us to look into each others face, I want to laugh with you, cry with you and share myself with you.”

There is always time for learning from him and hearing what he is doing…that may even naturally flow out of your sharing intimate time together. But don’t make it the reason you come to him every time. Make a place in your life where no agendas, except time together, exist. Let him ask you about personal things and take time to answer him. Just because he already knows all that is in your heart and on your mind doesn’t mean that he doesn’t want to spend time listening to you share it with him.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Come as a friend— you will find rest, comfort and joy in his presence.

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My new JOY devotional is available for pre-orders today!

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This bundle will make a great holiday gift or a great way for you to grow in your faith.

Each book gives thirty days of meditations, personal stories, scriptures and prayers to help you learn to live a life of peace, courage and joy.

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Trust Amid Transition

By Kathi Pelton

Transitions are hard. If you’ve ever been a woman giving birth or been with a woman while she was giving birth you will know that the time of transition can be extremely intense. During the birth of my first baby, I fought against the pain and pressure that came during transition. It was overwhelming and I did not know how I’d get through it and as I fought against the pressure, I only accomplished making it take longer and experiencing greater pain. During the birth of my second baby, as transition began to come upon me, the Lord reminded me of how I fought against the pain and pressure the first time. He whispered to me, “Focus on me and let me carry you through this time.” I very intentionally turned my focus from the unknown and the pain in order to get as still as I could and allow God to carry me across the threshold of birthing my baby. It was an amazing difference— so much shorter and far less painful!

There is a familiar verse in the Bible that talks about this,

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10a

There is an supernatural and spiritual peace that occurs when God calls his bride to be still and trust in him. Suddenly, she makes room for him to move through her posture of stillness and trust. Most people have a propensity to take action (out of a “reaction”) when life feels out of our control. But there is a better way.

Transitions can feel out of control because they can be intense as we step into the unknown. Familiarity is absent which can be disorienting and even frightening. But, if we begin to take the lead, out of reaction, rather than trust in him (out of a spiritual response) things get messy. Reactions will begin to build an spiritual altar of fear and self-protection rather than creating a memorial of abiding trust. Crossover times that are marked and anointed with a trust that causes us to be still, gives him room to take the lead and make clear the way ahead. Peace marks the way and we are carried over.

Many years ago our family was in one of the most significant transitions of our lives and I found my soul reacting to the unfamiliar and unexpected like an out of control train. It was like the time of transition while birthing my first child— I was fighting it and making the entire process so much more painful and terrifying. During this time, the Lord took me into a vision that gave me deeper understanding of how to walk through my transition or over the thresholds of life.

In the vision I was dressed as a bride and was standing next to my Bridegroom, Jesus. We were approached the threshold of crossing into our life as husband and wife. As I approached the threshold I was shocked to hear demons waiting there shouting lies about my future, about what was ahead, about doom and disappointments. There was great warfare against my soul and against my hope and trust. Just then Jesus stopped me and said,

“My bride, allow me to carry you over the thresholds of transition because it is in stillness and abiding trust in me that will give you peace, rest and joy. You will be carried in the arms that provide intimacy, protection and agape love. I am all that you need and I have all that you need for what is ahead.”

His words helped my fearful heart to get still so that he could pick me up and carry me over the threshold. As he carried me over, I saw that there was a great battle that I was being carried above while I rested in the arms of Jesus. Had I rushed ahead or gone forward in my own wisdom or strength I would have faced an army of resistance that the enemy had set against me. I would have walked out onto a battlefield that God wanted to protect me from. Because I allowed him to carry me, I was lifted over it and the enemy was put under the feet of Jesus.

If you are in a time of transition, trust him and let him carry you over. Turn your fearful reaction into a faith filled response and yield to his loving arms.

Here are a few encouraging verses to help you in your pause, rest and stillness:

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14

My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. Psalm 131:1-2

For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15

May you let His strength become your strength as you enter into quietness and trust. Let LOVE carry you.

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