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Posted on Aug 14, 2010 in Before Marriage Blog, Spiritual Life | 7 comments

Learning to Breathe Under Water

Learning to Breathe Under Water

Psalm 29 (NLT)

 10 The Lord rules over the floodwaters.
      The Lord reigns as king forever.
 11 The Lord gives his people strength.
      The Lord blesses them with peace.

Today I wrote this in my journal: “The Lord DOES rule over the floodwaters.  It may appear that my life is under water right now, but God rules over those waters and I am safely held.  God has given me peace, just as the psalmist writes.  God is my strength during this time of testing, when my life seems to be metaphorically under water.  I think I might be just as blessed right now, in the middle of such strange circumstances, as I have ever been.  I can FEEL God’s arms around me.  I can feel His embrace, His love, His acceptance, His mighty protection and peace and joy.  What else do I need in life?  If all I ever have is this, I trust God to expand my ability to endure and to become the woman He is making me to be.  Change me, Lord.  Help me to endure and to become stronger.  Let the sun shine on me, causing the waters to reflect off me and display Your glorious shine even in this deep place.  Help me to learn to breathe under water!!!

God has supplied my every need, given me tremendous peace, and filled me with wonder.  Circumstances do not determine my joy and peace.  My relationship with the Lord takes care of that. 

These things are hard to explain in words, but I’m trying.  If I have to be covered by floodwaters to learn that the joy and peace of God are mine, regardless of my circumstances, then it is the greatest blessing I have ever received and I stand in awe of God.  Circumstances have just lost their power over me. 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me. Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.  (Ps 23:4 KJV)

After you’ve been “wowed” by God, there’s no turning back.  I pray that each one of you reading this today will come to understand the beauty of what I’m trying to communicate.  My words are feeble, but my prayer is that my life will reflect the glory of God in a way that will speak volumes more than I could ever say or write.

7 Comments

  1. “After you’ve been ‘wowed’ by God, there’s no turning back.” I love that, it is so very true. I have been ‘wowed’ more by Him in the past few months than I could have ever expected, let alone by any human attempts that I could ever experience in my lifetime. There is no one like Him! I see Him in you…

    May we both reflect Him so brightly that people have to wear sunglasses when looking at us! 🙂

    • What a blessing to have a friend to walk this journey with, Pj. I think God is enjoying wowing us both. And He’s showing off a little right now with our friend SP… 🙂

  2. Beautiful! I really needed this today, thank you.

    • Anytime, my sweet friend. Anytime! You are a blessing to me too. Can’t wait to see God show off a little in your life too.

  3. Kimberly, You are an incredible example of God’s grace, love and beauty. Everyone can all see these traits in you! Your words are very adequate and they are a blessing to many. Thank you for sharing from your heart, your soul and your experiences!

    • Thank you so much, Linda. I’m so thankful for your support and encouragment.

  4. What you said “Circumstances do not determine my joy and peace. My relationship with the Lord takes care of that.” is something I will remember this week as I go through my own situations. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Kimberly. They’re always refreshing and insightful. May God continue to show you His love and comfort you.

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