before the dawn

A couple of weeks ago I got to hear Sheila Walsh speak at a Women of Faith conference .  She spoke about how sometimes we let how we feel overpower what we believe.  As women, I know I am so guilty of this; letting my emotions dictate my whole day or even how I perceive a situation.  Its amazing how much truth I know about God; he is faithful, he is always there, he always provides, and yet if I don’t feel happy, I somehow let my thoughts negate those truths.  I am my own worst enemy as I let my feelings overshadow God’s promises.


That afternoon I listened as Sheila said, “We need to be trusting and saying yes to God through a storm, before the dawn even comes.”  Often my faith is one where I wait until the storm passes or the dawn rises  before I am able to acknowledge that God is even there with me.  Its a continually struggle as my brain says, “Well I know God can do these things, but can he really do this?”  She reminded all of us that what comes to our mind when we think about God is what truly defines us.  If our identity is really  found in Christ, than what we believe about Him is such a powerful thing.

I believe that God is a adoptive father who delights in us, not a harsh judge of our actions.  I believe that He is a God of love and grace, not one who chains us with guilt.  I believe that He never leaves me, even when I am lonely.   There is no bigger comfort than knowing He holds me in his arms as the waves of life crash around me.

Psalm 107:28-31

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,

and he brought them out of their distress.

He stilled the storm to a whisper;

the waves of the sea were hushed.

They were glad when it grew calm,

and he guided them to their desired haven.

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love

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