So excited to kick off November with three weeks of “But God” guest posts!
Thank you to our sweet friend, Sarah Geringer, for sharing her heart with us today. I pray her words will bless as we enter another busy holiday season. ♥
Does your current season of life feel overwhelming?
If it doesn’t now, it probably will soon—because Christmas is only 53 days away, my friend.
I’m sucking in a deep breath as I face the next two months. All kinds of responsibilities and dreams are jumbled in my hands, along with the daily needs of taking care of my family and home.
Most days my head is barely above water on the basic stuff, much less the holiday stuff. Yet I long to enjoy these last two months of 2017 without the constant presence of overwhelm.
The phrase that’s helping me pause, breathe, and stay sane is “but God”—such a wonderful, transformative phrase for me and for you. I’m reflecting on it in the quiet of my van while I drive back and forth from my children’s school.
“But God” is the phrase that marks the transformation in all my life stories.
- I was a child of divorce, seized by the fear of abandonment…but God never left me. “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5b NIV)
- As a teen I was trapped in a pit of suicidal depression…but God rescued me and lifted me up. “You brought me up from the grave, O LORD. You kept me from falling into the pit of death.“ (Psalm 30:3 NLT)
- In my twenties loneliness drove me to rebellion…but God never forgot me. “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.“ (Isaiah 49:16 NIV)
- I could have remained a victim of emotional abuse…but God offered me healing and hope. “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.“ (Romans 8:1 NIV)
- I was constantly overrun in a life without boundaries…but God taught me new lessons. “All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.“ (Matthew 5:37 NIV)
My heavenly Father created so many “but God” moments in my life before, and he’s still creating them now.
Every so often, it’s good to stop and look at how far you’ve come with God’s help. It’s good to track the “but God” moments in your life, to see how God has blessed you again and again. Tweet This
He orchestrated quite a few “but God” moments in past Christmas seasons:
- We felt strung out from so many places to go…but God showed us how less is more.
- Our families criticized and rejected us for saying no…but God strengthened and blessed our family of five.
- We were hyper-focused on family Christmas celebrations…but God opened a door for worship.
If it wasn’t for the “but God” changes, I’d feel even more overwhelmed than I do now. Unhappy. Frustrated. Trapped. Living a life that would look altogether different, and far more negative, than it does today.
Consider what “but God” moments are in store for you ahead.
The phrase “but God” gives me hope for moving forward. Tweet This
I’ll be able to look back on my current season someday and realize that the “but God” dynamic was already in motion. Now, I’m praying for my eyes to be opened to “but God” moments in the upcoming months.
I want to declare these statements as the new year begins:
- Seasonal affective disorder accosted me with the time change…but God gave me strategies to overcome.
- Another extended-family Christmas felt unsteady…but God granted me fresh hope.
- Direction for the future seemed unclear…but God lit up my path at just the right time.
The “but God” moments, both past and current, are propelling me through the busy Christmas season with greater peace.
Questions for you:
1. How has the “but God” phrase indicated transformation in your past?
2. How do you think the “but God” dynamic is already in motion in your current struggles?
3. How does the “but God” idea help you find peace for the upcoming busy season?
Sarah Geringer writes about Finding Peace in God’s Word at sarahgeringer.com and is the author of three books, including Christmas Peace for Busy Moms. Visit her blog today to enter her 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!
Sarah lives in her beloved home state of Missouri with her husband and three children.
Be sure to join us back here next week as we welcome Misty Phillip to the “But God” series. Can’t wait to share her inspiring words with you. ♥
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