My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

When The Storm Is Consuming You

I’m struggling lately. All twisted up and unsure of what to do next. Unsure of what direction to go. Unsure that I even belong.

Have you ever been there?

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I know that all sounds vague, but the reality is the problem doesn’t matter. For me, right now, it involves writing. It involves where to invest my time and resources. For you, it may be something different. Maybe it’s work related. Or not. Maybe it’s where to live or whether to have a baby. Maybe it’s life decisions or maybe it’s little decisions.

No matter the size of the decision, it can twist us up inside until we feel stuck.

God didn’t design us for being stuck. But He didn’t design us for smooth roads and neon signs either. This life thing is work. It’s hard and it’s uncertain. And when we get wrapped up in our struggle we are consumed by that: the struggle. But that’s a problem.

When we're consumed with the struggle we are not consumed with God. Click To Tweet

I don’t know about you, but I want to be consumed with God. I know, that sounds easy in black and white on a screen, but in real life, well, that’s another story. Right?

It doesn’t have to be.

In those moments where we’re spinning in our own struggle, those times that we feel the tornado raging even if the sky looks clear, we get to choose.

Storm or God

This doesn’t mean we won’t struggle. It doesn’t mean the storm will magically disappear. It does mean one thing:

When we look at God, the storm will no longer consume us. Click To Tweet

Every time you find yourself spinning in that vortex, call His name, open His word, get on your knees. Do whatever you need to in that moment to seek Him.

There will be storms. There will be struggles. He tells us that in red letters. But the struggle is not the end. Hold on today friend. God has overcome any storm you are facing. Look to Him and let Him consume your heart and your mind.

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Linking up hope this week with Jennifer Dukes Lee, Holley Gerth3 Word Wednesday, Faith Filled FridayGrace & Truth, & Susan Mead!

About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I’m here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

21 Replies

  1. Becky, one line hit me deeply, “Do whatever you need to in that moment to seek Him.” That is so it! In that very moment, we must deliberately seek Him out. And we live moment by moment – – all the way to victory! Thank you for sharing the words I needed to read this moment!

    1. Becky Hastings

      It’s all we can do, right? Moment by moment seek Him. Some moments will look better than others, but it’s all in the SEEKING!

  2. I sometimes wonder why life seems so hard for some and easy for others. I could try and live life without Him and do things my own way, but I’ve done that before and I was a shell of a person. Seeking Him is the only way to get through life’s storms.

    p.s. you won the book giveaway on my blog! Jennifer Ferguson’s book, Pure Eyes, Clean Heart. If you email me at asimersky at gmail dot com, with your address I will get it sent your way! Thanks!!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Amen! We can try going it alone, in our strength, and we may even feel like we get somewhere. But are we the best version of ourselves or are we lonely and empty? I love how you describe this process…a shell of a person. Look toward Him instead of the storms!

      (and thanks for the book giveaway! I shot you an email!)

  3. So needed by so many today, including me! Thank you Becky for the wonderful reminder of God’s peace in every storm!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks Jill. I’m so glad we can point one another to Him in all things!

  4. Wow what a great post… yes I have been struggling with a trial in my marriage. It has been wearing on me. But I have to learn to focus on God and let Him Consume me. Praying through it!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Rhonda, I am so glad you’re here! Lord, please bless Rhonda and keep her eyes steadfast on you. Help her through whatever she is going through in her marriage today and give her new strength in You!

      Check out Matthew 11:28-30 in the Message verion!

  5. A great reminder that we can let our troubles consume us or Let God. Beautiful post.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thank you Maryellen. Praying God shows you more of Him today!

  6. “The struggle is not the end.” Love this. And so true. I felt like I was in the middle of a storm throughout the winter, but God was there. I held on. He brought me through. Hope your current storm leads you to a new kind of refreshment in Him.

    1. Becky Hastings

      I’m so grateful God brought you through your recent storm. He always does because He wins…every time! Thank you for your sweet encouragement!

  7. Oh my goodness, Becky, we seem to be on the same ship perhaps lost without our maps!

    1. Becky Hastings

      At least we’re in good company! 😉

  8. This is a beautiful thing to remember.
    When troubles weigh us down, it’s important to lift our eyes to God. To remember that God is bigger than the storm we face.

    Thank you.

    1. Becky Hastings

      He always is and always will be!

  9. I love your post, Becky. Quite a few years ago, God gave me a ‘vision’ in my mind when I was going through a very difficult situation – I ‘think’ in movies of the mind…I was stuck in an ocean storm. It was dark, rainy, windy and the waves were immense. I struggled to keep my head above water – but I knew I was failing – and drowning – just like how I felt about this situation. It was all so overwhelming. Then I hear the thumping of a helicopter and see someone jump out into the water. It’s the Coast Guard! He swims effortlessly toward me and wraps His arms around me. He begins to swim to where we can be lifted up into the helicopter, but I am not making His job very easy. I am fighting, wrestling, still trying to keep my head above water because I wasn’t trusting the Coast Guard to rescue me. He told me that I’d make His job a whole lot easier if I just stopped fighting and let Him rescue me. So I did. I stopped fighting. And we made it to the helicopter safely. It was then that I realized the Coast Guard was Jesus. He was rescuing me!
    Thank you for sharing on Grace and Truth. I’d love to feature your post this week. Please stop by my site Friday and get the “I was featured” button to share in your post!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Aimee, what a beautiful picture God gave you! I can relate to it so much, and can only imagine how much it helped you in your storm. Isn’t it amazing how He is so patient and loving to show us His heart for us (even when we make it hard)! I am honored that you shared your story! Thank you for the feature on Grace & Truth!

  10. Love this, Becky -God always knows what I need right in the moment. I found this via Sarah Koontz but I have been here before and need to visit again…I say that because just your mini bio alone resonates with my soul!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks so much for your encouragement today Meghan! I’m glad you’re a kindred spirit in this longing for what is real in world that spins wild around us. Looking forward to seeing you again — and I hope you’ve signed up for my free ebook…I think it will really speak to your heart 🙂

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