It’s a true pleasure to welcome back a friend and fellow blogger to the blog today who’s such a sweet and generous soul, not to mention a fabulous prayer warrior to have in your corner. Her words never fail to encourage and build up, and you know they are all tried-and-true words, straight from her own heart experiences. It’s my pleasure to turn this little corner of the blogging world over to Bethany McIlrath. Please give her a heartfelt welcome!
And be sure to check out her prior visit to the blog as well!
Beneath the headache-inducing fluorescent lights of the high school’s health classroom, my scrawny self learned something life changing.
It didn’t seem all that scientific back then.
I learned the word resilient.
In a passing moment, the teacher said “want to impress college reps? Use this big word. Resilient. It means you bounce back.” He went on to teach his subject. I counted the minutes until I could look the word up in a dictionary.
Resiliency is the scientific process of courage.
Before the moving moment when someone down and out stands tall on the movie screen, they get knocked over. Our favorite superheroes come from bad situations or are faced with impossible tasks. The heroes of the faith rise up after opposition and discouraging challenges.
Before we are brave, we have a reason to be.
Something scares us, plows us over, and tramples us down. We get the wind knocked out of us. The odds drive us to our knees.
That’s when resiliency draws us back to our feet and arms us with what we need to fight.
What does resiliency look like?
It starts on our knees or flat on our faces, venting to God Almighty:
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“Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk.” -1 Samuel 1:13
“David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground.” –2 Samuel 12:16
“And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.” –Luke 22:44
Then, according to the faith-science of venting, we stand.
“Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.” -1 Samuel 1:18
“Then David got up from the ground…he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped.” -2 Samuel 12:20
“When he rose from prayer…” Jesus bravely submitted to God’s will- even unto death. –Luke 22:45
What magical thing happens in the venting time? What is about the method of venting that makes us resilient, drawing us up from our knees to joyfully, worship-fully, humbly enter the Lord’s will?
Hannah wasn’t instantly pregnant nor did God tell her right then she would conceive.
David’s son died as he vented to God. His harsh prospects became reality.
Jesus’s captors made their way to arrest him as He sweat blood in prayer. He rose to meet the beginning of His (joyously temporary) end.
Venting isn’t about changing our circumstances, but changing our stance. When we vent to God, we cast all our cares on Him. We put an end to worry. We fix our eyes on the author and perfecter of our faith.
When we vent to God, we are bent to His will. We are fit again to stand.
Going down to stand up.
Letting out to be filled with.
That’s the faith-science of courage.
A learner at heart, Bethany McIlrath believes that listening to the Lord’s Word, and being attentive to all that He teaches her through daily life, is a priceless blessing.
Eager to share about her Savior, you can find Bethany’s writing on her blog: Firstandsecondblog.com
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