I love Peter's experience of walking on the roaring sea with Jesus. But the thing is, Peter's story is often misunderstood. Do you have a step you need to take?
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I sat alone tapping on my iPhone keyboard. Names of close friends and prayer warriors filled the “To” field of my text message. Names were added, then deleted and finally added again.
My message was deleted over 29 times before I finally pressed the send button.
I seriously dislike (and that’s saying it nicely) group text messages. Replies come in at the most annoying times. I discovered early on how to silence such threads and truth be told, after sending my message (wait for it) – yes, I silenced my own group text conversation! I am proud to say that I am mature enough to check back regarding replies and I do well at doing just that. No annoying dinging or vibration noises needed – thank you very much.
The message I sent that day was extremely hard.
I felt stuck.
Questioning God at every single turn.
Just at a bottom like none I had experienced in a long time.
I spent time trying to read and meditate on God’s Word. It just wasn’t sinking in past the pain inside.
I went for a jog…nothing.
It seemed like the demands on me were way beyond what I’d be able to give on a good day, let alone today.
I was sinking, fast.
Crying out to God through my tears, I texted sisters in Christ to simply join me in prayer. All I knew is that I needed God to move in me. I didn’t know how or what it should look like nor did I even care honestly. I just felt under attack and the lies from the enemy felt better than Truth.
After I sent the text message, I admit, I waited. I sat in my living room recliner, circled by towels and boy underwear still needing to be folded.
Seconds turned into minutes. Silence. No response.
I silenced the conversation and moved my phone off to the side. I sat in my chair, empty palm up just asking God to fill me with His Promises. I just needed something, anything.
I grabbed my phone and my conversation thread was being filled with prayers simply lifting me before the Throne. Sisters stopping right where they were to remind me that I am seen, I am loved, God is still in control and He is worth trusting.
Not one replied that everything was going to be ok (and for the record, this is the WORST thing you can say to someone that is hurting).
Not one friend replied in a manner that did not include prayer.
Each friend stopped. prayed and joined the virtual prayer circle.
Even later additional prayer requests were mentioned by others. It was just awesome reminding myself how special this bond of sisters truly was in my life.
You are not alone.
I wish I could say that my storm stopped that day. I wish I could say that I began to experience ongoing, everlasting peace. I’m not there, yet. But I can say that I’m learning the amazing gift God gives by allowing us to walk with others.
I live most of my life put together, courageous and yes, thriving. But these sisters have earned their place in my tight circle of prayer warriors. They don’t have a perfect life or walk without their own wounds. But they know the power of calling on God, sitting in His presence and allowing friends to hold their hands-up like Moses.
Do you have a circle of friends like this in your life? In coaching, I find many clients struggle in this area. Can I encourage you to pray that God would bring prayer warriors to walk alongside you in life? It truly is life changing.
Hello and welcome to Step Out And Thrive Ministries! My name is Bethany Boring and I am proud to be called a child of God before any other title or role. I am a mom to 3 amazing boys. I enjoy writing for this Step Out And Thrive community and walking with you as we venture through the ups and downs of life together. I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor, Certified Human Behavioral Consultant (DISC Personality) and an author. As always - dare to do more than just survive, step out and thrive!