We all have those days when we feel like we’re just surviving.
I would be lying to say today didn’t start like one of “those” days. Overnight my ears plugged up and felt like I was on an airplane rapidly descending from 40,000 feet to sea level for about 3 hours straight, my youngest cried out for me to come sleep with him (toddler translation, “seep it me mama” multiple times so naturally I curled up under the blankie in his TODDLER bed all three times until he fell back asleep…yep I did), my oldest climbed in my bed and asked for water at 3 am and when 6 am rolled around I was one very tired and not feeling so great mama.
Morning comes and I get out of bed go to the kitchen and YIKES! Dishes everywhere, toys all over the floor and I stand there in my falling apart PJ’s and crazy bedhead and feel a little confused by what appears to be a bomb site. I think to myself what happened in here?
And then I remember that yesterday all three kids fell asleep on the way home from church and NONE of them could fall asleep last night so I laid in bed with them and read several books while they tossed and turned as I nagged over and over “close your eyes!”
Yes, it was me who left those dishes out last night and left toys spewed all over the floor. It was not, in fact, a bomb that went off in my house, but my sincere neglect of household duties for a night.
No, the day didn’t have the best start. I was in survival mode. So, naturally, I skipped making breakfast and took them to whole foods for vegan donuts for breakfast (healthier, right?), left the mess at home (obviously to deal with it LATER) and off to the zoo we went for the day. Out of mind out of sight, right?
And sometimes we just have those seasons of life that kick us out of the self contained mess we’ve made and spin us out of control.
We start just trying to get through the day, just trying to keep our head screwed on straight, grasping for a little sanity in the insanity.
God never intended for this life to be “comfortable” and He never meant for us to just be survivors.
He has this life that bled out on the Cross and washed over us to cleanse us from all the things we’ve tried to make survive on our own. (John 1:9) That is the definition of unrighteousness….any areas of our lives we are striving to make right apart from God.
The story didn’t end at the Cross. He died and took with Him all the broken parts of our lives and all the mess we’d been trying to make right. He rose again and in His rising, He gave us the power to rise up out of our circumstance and find new life in Him no matter what we are going through, even if it is a mess we’ve created.
He breathes life over us.
His grace washes us.
He is always enough.
Brokenness, heartbreak, chaos, financial meltdown, stress, marriage issues, loneliness. We might not get delivered from our circumstance, but when we understand the power He gave us to rise up and out of our circumstance and to walk in abundant life with Him we get set free. We can find life in Him and move from surviving to thriving in the midst of any mess we face.
He has made me not to just be a conqueror, but MORE than a CONQUEROR.
And you too.
“In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” –Romans 8:37
He came not just to bring salvation, but to raise us up to LIFE in those dead and broken areas where we’ve just been surviving.
His grace covers and it is always MORE than enough.
So I say to myself and you today: Rise up! Take your eyes off the mess and place them on Him and His abundant grace that has been poured out to cover every area of your life and to make you more than an overcomer no matter what trial you face.
That is the power of grace.
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than He who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
I want to hear your story! How has God helping you to rise up to be more than a conqueror in what you are facing today? Do you have a testimony of how God is helping you or did help you overcome your present circumstance and walk in abundant life in Him?
- More Than A Conqueror (achristianmeditation.wordpress.com)
- The One Jesus Loves (markhornish.wordpress.com)
- Mom on Strike! (everydayfamily.com)