My name is Janelle Keith and I’m addicted to coffee. I live in Oklahoma with two cats (don’t judge), and my loving husband, Terry. I have a big story of losing 132 lbs. and am wholly devoted to Jesus, my Savior instead of my sweet savior of chocolate. God uses my passion for writing, speaking life and encouragement, plus positive eating habits as He punches through your heart barriers. We are all under His grace and drawn in by His giant love of each one of us. You can connect with me more here: http://www.thejanellekeith.com.
"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” --Corrie ten Boom
Ever found your soul just down right parched?
Three years ago I was in spiritually dry place that I couldn't quite speak about. It was a particularly difficult time in such a personal way. God dealt with some issues that left me looking upon Him and the faithfulness that only He is.
I sensed God’s comfort in the stillness and knew that He was good even though it was hard to see forward into all that season held. God comforted in one of the lowest places of faith and where His encouragement helped beyond words. I remember everyday my heart was breaking...open.
God's faithfulness is a quality that endures in every season.
I found comfort in speaking only a few words during prayer time but I had assurance and a sign from heaven that my cries were heard with His open and listening heart. I was unaware of the preparation that God was working in my life. Even though I was seeking Him in many ways, I had my moments where I wanted to give up and give in to weakness.
But yet my trust in His faithfulness endured through a hopeless season.
When you seek, believe, trust and obey in each season, God's faithfulness will lead you. I've been thinking about David's faith and I am so amazed at his endurance through all those up and down years of rule and reign as king. From the outside, its looks like just a few hard years to develop such a strong, rich faith legacy that is captured on a few pages of Biblical history. It took all of his life to seek, believe, trust and obey God ways and walk in the way of faithfulness and devotion to the Lord.
To live in God's ways I've found no other way than to depend on His faithfulness throughout every season. You know it's easy to say that God is faithful when you aren't staring into the face of cancer, house fires, and death. It's easy, but when life brings uncertainties, trials and afflictions, you have to gather up the memories of faithfulness to bolster the hope and faith to get through.
I believe life is full of opportunities to develop deeper ways to know God. What would happen if we asked God to reveal Himself in everyday and in every season? Would it remove us from having problems all together? Would each and every season be smooth sailing or as clear as glass in regards to decisions we make?
Our lives are full of moments and seasons that encourage endurance, perseverance, and faithfulness by seeking God's face. Living in the problems, trials, and struggles to teach us about faithfulness. If your season is dry right now, remember these things to help you find cling to an abiding faith in your journey:
You are not alone, God is with you and knows your needs before you do.
Believe God for who He is, a God of His word.
When you can't see His hand, trust His heart of love FOR you.
Obedience to God by faith pleases God.
Dry seasons are hard, long and sometimes lonely, but I wonder if we would learn any other way. In knowing that I am not alone, it lifts my hope to meet my faith. Belief in God, coupled with trust, removes fear. Experiencing His love in way of trials brings me closer to Him over any other method. My faith is enriched each and every time I trust in God's ways and as I walk in obedience.
God wastes nothing in your faith-building process, there's strength to be received every season. So consider this, in season and out of season:
Your need to control takes a back seat to His omnipotence. Your need to understand is protected by His peace. Trust in Him and fully surrender to His plan as He weaves His beautiful tapestry for your life. You too can trust in the name of the Lord our God in every season.