Have you heard of The Alpha Course, pioneered by a vicar called Nicky Gumbel? (I love the word “vicar” — and I’m waving at you, my British brothers and sisters! 🙂 ). I’m facilitating an Alpha group at my church. Last week was our first meeting, and the central question was:
“If it turned out there was a God after all, and you could ask one question, what would it be?”
One member asked a question that I’m still writing about today, a week later. He said, “When I meet God face-to-face and realize how holy, powerful and real He reallyis, I’ll ask, “Can I have a ‘do over’”?
Picture yourself meeting God face-to-face. What would it be like to experience His presence, power, strength and energy? How would you respond, what would you do, what would you say?
How would meeting God change who you are today, right now? How you live? What you spend your time thinking about and doing?
I found this incredibly powerful, especially when I wrote about it in my journal. If I truly knew and lived out of the depth, holiness and awesomeness of God, I wouldn’t let other people’s opinions affect me. I wouldn’t burden myself with the fears and anxieties of this world — and I wouldn’t hold on to pain, grief or fear.
If you met God face-to-face, do you think you’d ask Him why you lost a relationship, why a loved one died, or why your prayers weren’t answered? Maybe…but I doubt it. I think you’d be knocked to your knees by His power and energy, overwhelmed by His holiness and love, amazed by His light and glory! Everything else would fade away.
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And you may be left wishing you could have a “do over” so you could choose a more powerful, faithful, exciting way to live.
Don’t wait until you meet God face-to-face. Start enjoying His abundance today! Receive His love and grace, and allow His power to heal and energize you. Take time to get to know Him, to build a relationship with Him, and to Blossom into who He created you to be
God won’t make the stormy seas disappear. He may not even calm them for a long time. But, if you let Him, He will calm you.
Sometimes God calms the storm…and sometimes He calms the sailor.
“She Blossoms” Book Update
I’m working with my publishing house on the cover of my first book, Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back. In it, I help women walk through loss and grow into a new season of life.
I share snippets of my story — but even better, I describe how 10 women of the Bible survived their own tragedies. They blossomed into who God created them to be; their courage, resilience and faith echoes through the ages.
If they can do it…so can you. Take heart, for this season will pass. You’ll come through this better, brighter and stronger than you’ve ever been. Take a look at my Blossy character below – she’s sitting calmly in a boat while the seas rage around her. That’s us!
“Sometimes God calms the storm,” Blossy says. “And sometimes He calms the sailor.”
In What Are You Struggling With Today? Blossom Tip 32 I invited you to tell me your troubles, trials and tribulations. I received emails and commetns about custody battles, marriage breakups, job losses – as well as fresh starts and new beginnings!
We’re all walking through different valleys — and even enjoying mountaintop experiences. Sometimes both at once. But no matter where or who we are, we face unknown futures, sad losses, and unanswered prayers.
These blog posts are inspired by readers’ questions. You may see yourself in any or all of these situations…
How to Stop Being So Hard on Yourself – Are you prone to beating yourself up, being hard on yourself, and not forgiving yourself for your mistakes and failures? Learn how to be gentle and kind to yourself.
Do you feel trapped in an unhealthy or abusive relationship? Read Getting Out of a Relationship When You Have Nowhere to Go.
And, in How to Heal Your Heart After Your Marriage Falls Apart, I share ideas for women recovering from a breakup, divorce or betrayal.
I always read the comments and emails I receive, but sometimes it takes time for me to respond. Feel free to share your stories or struggles in the comments section below! I don’t give advice, but I may be able to offer a few “Blossom Tips” to encourage you. I’ll never mention your name or exact circumstances if I include you in a “She Blossoms” blog post, so your privacy is assured.
With the love of Jesus,
Laurie & Blossy
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