His parents boldly spoke their mind about the situation, often without thinking of how painful their words touched our already bruised egos.
My parents chose silence on the issue, which was equally painful in a passive aggressive sort of nature. It was the "let's not talk about the giant elephant in the room because we strongly oppose the decisions you've made to deal with it," silence.
Honestly though, I don't know what we would have done without the support we were blessed with (both emotionally and financially) from our family. Even though many days I wanted to avoid them at all costs, God continued to push me into their presence either in person or by phone. Despite our personal embarrassment, they did comfort us. Even though we felt like they were judging us, they did still care for us.
Can You Relate?
When we're facing a difficult circumstance in our life, God desires for us to seek fellowship with family and friends. They are His gift to us. Likewise, we are His gift to them. Not just in our relationship, but also in our testimony.
Think about it. Do you have family members who are non-believers or who have been through so much that they doubt God's presence in their life? Many people know someone in their close circle of support who lacks belief.
As passionate Christian's, we often don't think twice about praying over our situation, listening for God's answer, and responding obediently (okay sometimes we're stubborn in our obedience) to what God is asking us to do. God often gives us guidance on specific actions He wants us to take.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
In my own situation, at the prompting of God, we moved our family across country. I started a blog, Christian SuperMom, writing about living a Christian lifestyle. Then I signed up to run a half marathon all for His glory. It's also what pushed me to write the book UnEMPLOYED Faith. The Lord does give us specific actions to take.
However, more often than not, God responds to our prayers with words so many of us struggle with.
"Wait, my child. Just wait."
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
This is the reaction our family members become disgruntled over. "Just wait," seems irresponsible to them. It's lacking action to fix the problem. Perhaps they don't get it because they don't have the passionate relationship with God that would help them better relate to your faith-based choices.
Friend, God doesn't waste a single opportunity to be glorified. He wants you to share your story, your testimony, with others. And the only way that can happen, is if you pull yourself out of hiding and sit in the presence of those who are in your circle of support. Your parents. Your siblings. Your extended family members.
Will it be easy? No. Will it be comfortable? No. Are you setting yourself up for persecution? Probably. Will it be worth it? Absolutely!
When God's timing comes and your husband lands his dream job or your circumstance is otherwise resolved, guess who's going to be watching from the sidelines?
The people you let into your life and shared your story with!
The people who need to experience with their own eyes God's amazing hand at work, will witness it. His miracles. His glory. His answered prayers.
Be delighted in His faithfulness! God is always good.
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