Navigation Through Hard Seasons

Encouragement for those sick or in hard trials: take what God has said & is saying and yield it like a sword.

I am lifting you up. I have been there; sick in body, tired, strange ailments, numerous near death experiences, bad doctor reports, job loss, family & friends who died, and serving others in the midst of extreme circumstances. I joke I have been through 7 levels of hell and back. My encouragement today is sink into what God has said.

No word from God ever fails, it accomplishes EVERYTHING it is sent out to do (Isaiah 55:11). Unlike humans, God always speaks with intention. His words are seeds and when we believe God those words they become a weapon in our hands. Paul told Timothy to wage war with his prophecies.

It is not simply knowing the truth that sets us free. It is believing the truth that sets us free. What we agree with we empower. I confess some days the body will not want to align with truth because it is tired. The body gives out before the mind. There have been moments of professing God’s truth in my mind.

Some things that helped me through hard times:

  1. Getting alone with God and asking Him what aspect of His character I am learning through the trial.
  2. Worship of God. Worry is worship of the problem. When we turn our eyes to God it recalibrates what we see and our hearts. Sometimes I sleep with worship playing or scriptures playing.
  3. Go back and review previous victories with God. Each battle victory becomes a memory stone. Call the mind to remember who God is and what He has already done.
  4. Ask the Holy Spirit to search me with the finger of God to reveal any lies I believe or soul wounds unhealed. When we believe lies, we empower the liar (Satan). When we have soul wounds that are unhealed, they can be breeding grounds for infirmity and spiritual attack.
  5. Put the word, His promises in front of my face. I have a wall covered in sticky notes with promises from God in my office area. I review and recite what He says.
  6. Journal. Get alone with God and write out what God is saying and what is on your heart.
  7. Eat healthy, whole foods and drink water. Processed foods introduce major inflammation in the body.
  8. Only share struggles with faith filled people not negative, fear filled people. I keep most people on a need to know basis.
  9. Cut off the negative medical diagnosis. Yes on paper it says this, yet my destiny is tied to what God is saying. It’s not denying, it’s choosing to align with a greater report. Cease saying “I have …..(insert negative report).” I learned to say they told me this, yet I am believing God for restoration. I stopped claiming what I did not want.
  10. Reduce stress. Sometimes that stress is people. I limited some interactions with toxic behaving or needy people. I was drowning and they wanted me to be their savior. No! Go find Jesus and leave me alone.
  11. Give thanks daily. I would write out 3 things I was thankful for daily. Gratitude releases feel good hormones in the brain.
  12. Stick my feet in earth. It’s called grounding and it does wonders for the body. Whether it was sand or grass, I stick my feet on the earth. There is scientific evidence it greatly improves the health of the body.
  13. Find a way to laugh! Laughing boosts the immune system. Laughter truly is medicine for the soul.
  14. Let some calls go to voice mail. People have sometimes tried to use me as their crisis manager and it’s draining and not my job. Some people I do not answer the phone for them. I had one lady who would try to take up hours of my day just because we were in a ministry network together. She was selfish and draining. I always felt like I needed a 2 day nap after dealing with her. I set boundaries and prayed her away from me. I was glad when she moved along to her next victim. Set BOUNDARIES!!!!! You also do not need to keep everyone informed of your life details. Some people do not care and just use it as a gossip tool. As said before, I tell people what they need to know only.
  15. Take authority over each day. I learned to pray, “I take authority over this day in Jesus name. I bind all accidents, sickness, death, destruction, spiritual attacks, and works of evil.”

What has God said? Stand on that. Proclaim that. Repeat that. Post it where you can see it. Meditate on it daily. Focus on the goodness and power of God. God gave us seed to be used as a weapon against the darkness. Satan works through deception and human agreement. Agree with God. I am alive today because God is faithful to His word. Doctors can say whatever they want, yet God has the final say. In grief and loss, the comfort of God is supernatural. He can be trusted. God loves you!

Love in Christ,

Erin

Interview with Author James Michel

I had the honor of interviewing author James Michel. James has an incredible story of overcoming adversity.

  1. Tell us about yourself and what prompted you to write this book? My name is James Michel. I am a believer of Jesus Christ. I am also a husband and a father. About 3 years ago I lost my first wife unexpectedly to cancer. During my grieving process, I felt compelled to share my story in the form of a book. “Perplexed But Not in Despair: My Spiritual Journey from Faith to Functional” is a testament of her life that has been sown, a legacy for my children, and a testimony of God’s redemptive power.
  1. What has the book writing process been for you? Honestly, painfully rewarding! Painful in the sense that I had to discipline myself to take the thoughts in my head and put them into words on paper. Despite these challenges, it has been a rewarding process, because of the fact that I believe the finish product could be a source for hope and comfort to many. What would be your advice to those who have an untold story to tell? Do it for the one! Your story could very well be the key that unlocks someone else’s destiny. Also, don’t be overly concerned about everything being perfect. There are a lot of resources out there to help you write a book with excellence.
  1. What would you say is the major take away of your book? The ALL-sufficent power of God to redeem every situation. God’s grace carried me through the darkest season of my life, and took my faith to new heights.
  2. What do you want readers to walk away with after reading your book? My prayer and hope is that every reader would encounter the Love and the Faithfulness of God through the pages of my book. I pray that they would be challenged to engage their faith life even harder.
  1. Has writing this book been a part of your healing journey? If so, how? Very much so! It forced me to sort out and process my emotions. It challenged me to ask questions I wouldn’t normally ask, self reflect on a deeper level, and find peace in the answers. What has God done in your heart and life since you started writing this book? Having had the opportunity to journal and as a result write this book, I am now experiencing a deeper peace and intimacy with God. I’ve had my Job moment- “My ears have heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you (Job 42:5).”
  2. Part of your book speaks about “Functional Faith,” what does this mean for your reader? The Bible says, “without Faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6)”. A Functional Faith to me is a faith that works in the middle of hard times. A faith that is fully persuaded of the love and faithfullness of God. A faith that is content in simply knowing who God is. I think Job said it best when he said, “though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him (Job 13:15).”
  3. How will this book help those who are going through hard seasons and loss? God is no respector of person. What He’s done for me, He’s more than willing to do it for another. It is my prayer that as others read my book, their sense of hope will be renewed. It doesn’t have to be the end! What advice would you offer readers? Don’t lose hope no matter what! Trust God! Believe that ALL things can work for good and God’s glory.
  4. How can people get a copy of your book? Or reach you? It’s super easy! People interested in reading my book can order a copy from Amazon. All feedback and questions can be sent to James@generation228@yahoo.com

Thank you James for sharing with our readers about your new book! I believe it will encourage them to cling to God in every season!

You can connect with James in person on March 6th in Columbus, Ohio at his book launch event.

James Michel Book Launch-March 6th, 2020. 6:30pm. Zion Christian Church. 5780 Baltimore Reynoldsburg Road NW, Pickerington, Ohio 43147.

Link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Perplexed-But-Not-Despair-Functional/dp/1951630262

Blessing you!

Erin Lamb