“For I hold you by your right hand–I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.” Isaiah 41:13, NLT
DEPENDENCY ON GOD
Season of Grief
Grief, sorrow, and exhaustion tax our ability to be self sufficient. God did not design us to walk the hard paths alone. Once we recognize that God is there to support and help us, we begin to trust and depend on Him. Our character begins to yield to His character.
Over time, this yielding establishes a dependency on God. We develop a discernment to recognize and avoid things that provide a false comfort or peace.
Season of Rejoicing
The more we depend on God during the difficult and painful times, the easier it becomes to release self dependency during the ‘good seasons’.
Hard times are a catalyst for our roots of faith to grow deep. We learn to walk in God’s strength and trust Him more. Even though we won’t rejoice at the circumstances of difficult seasons, we can rejoice that we know that God is with us and wants to help us through the difficult and the not so difficult seasons.
Our resolve and connection to Christ during suffering (and rejoicing) becomes anchored and strong. Dependency on God is birthed in the hard seasons of life.
Dear God, I know I don’t have what it takes to walk this path of loss on my own. I am tired, weary, and hurting. Please take my hand and provide the help Your word promises. Teach me how to yield my heart and mind to You. As I am yielded, help my character become more like Your’s. When this hard season is over, help me not forget the lessons I have learned about your presence in times of trouble. Teach me how to embrace them even in the good times. I thank you teaching me how to depend on You instead of myself. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
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Thank you for this reminder that God is with us in our grief! I am stopping by from the thirty one days Facebook group. I hope that you have a lovely day!
Glad to have you drop by.
Grief does have a way of showing us how much we need to depend on God and that we need community. I’m thankful that he is faithful and cares so much for us.
Blessings to you!
Tammy, good post! I’m curious- what inspired this series? Reading how these words or what has helped you learn about grief in your own life would be fascinating. I know it would help people too! Keep writing!
Thank you Julie. In 2012 my family had one of those losses that “made no sense”. God was so gracious in our loss to let me see (or have a ‘shifted vision’) His presence in the midst of it. It didn’t make the loss any less painful, but an awareness of His presence helped me trust that I wasn’t going through it alone and that He was aware, present, and loving on me and my family. From that time, I have felt called to a ‘ministry of grief’. I have walked with many others who are grieving, written books on my story as well as a book, workbook, journal combination to help those who are grieving the loss of a loved one map a plan of HOPE during the Holidays. I have become a certified life coach with specialty training in grief and loss as well as become a certified chaplain. My heart is to encourage the hearts of hurting people so they can ‘see’ God and experience the same HOPE we experienced.