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House Arrest?

Her words caused my breathing to stop. For a moment.

How could it possibly be?

“You are under house arrest. You must stay inside and talk to no one,”

My thoughts raced in a million different directions.

What had I done?

Here I was thousands of miles from home.

I was in the process of completing an adoption

and suddenly this.

Instantly there was fear.

How long would it last?

What if? A million what ifs.

 There was no way to communicate with my family in the states.

No. There I was.

So what do you do when suddenly life changes

and the unexpected happens?

What do you do when you realize that you are helpless to change things?

“O Lord. I really need your help.”

I prayed and prayed.

Hours dragged by as I sat in the small room with only a narrow bed.

One minute at a time.

I never expected that my desire to adopt would lead to this.

Simple meals were brought to my door.

No words.

Then my worse thought  hit me.

Would I ever get out?

To see my little girl at home?

My parents?

Ugh, but I was seemingly helpless. No phone.

It was at a time of unrest in the world many years ago

and for me a time of awakening.

These things really do happen to ordinary people. Like you. Like me.

I just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time it seemed.

House arrest?

Me?

Well, after a few days I was released

and was flown out of that part of the country

and back to a safer city.

But I’ll never forget that scary experience.

While the world kept turning

I sat and prayed for release, for freedom.

And in His time

God made it possible for me to be safely released

to board a small, very old, rickety plane

and to fly. Just me and 3 other foreign men.

Hair-raising moments? Yes.

Today as I remember

I’m grateful beyond words

that I was released.

Quietly set free and flown out of that hot spot.

Grateful to once again experience God’s hand in the details of my life.

And while we experience all kinds of changes and unsettledness today

it’s reassuring to know

that God hears our prayers.

He knows exactly what is going on

where you live

and where I live.

He knows how trapped some people feel,

He knows how much we miss what we used to do.

Yes, He knows.

And even though we don’t understand everything

we can trust Him

with all of our moments.

He has us safely in His care.

We do not wait in vain.

Let’s just rest in His arms while we wait

knowing that we are not alone.

And nowhere could be safer

than in His tender care.

 

 

Anchored- Finding Hope In Difficult Times

Her voice at the other end of the phone gasped for breath

 as she shared with me the painful story of her husband’s sudden leaving.

My heart ached as I listened to her story.

Whether you’re dealing with marriage difficulties,

sudden illness, grief and loss, relationship struggles, etc.

they oftentimes can leave you gasping for breath

with no idea where to turn.

Where is the hope when your world is turned upside down?

Where can you turn when the bottom literally falls out of your lives?

What do you do when everything seems hopeless?

My mind wanders back a few years ago when life hit me with an unexpected jolt.

There was nothing to do – the storm hit before I knew what was happening.

Prayers were reduced to silent pleas for help

   since I had no words.

That’s right.

No words at all.

But in the midst of the storm I remembered something.

Someone cared.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble – Psalm 46:1

I could not see God. I heard no voices. Saw no writing in the sky.

But I knew He was with me. Right there. And I clung to Him as my Help in trouble.

Clung with everything I had.

Like an anchor in the midst of a literal storm

 God held me and kept me safe.

One day at a time.

Muddling through. But never alone.

You see, it makes all the difference when you are experiencing difficulties

to know that you are not alone.

And that there is hope.

Matter of fact, even better than there being hope

He is our Hope.

Yes, then and everyday He continues to be my ever present Hope.

And as that broken woman reached out to me to pour out her wounded heart

 and even in the telling she is anchored

I continue to pray to the One Who loves with an ever-lasting Love

and find the continual Anchor of my soul in Him.

   The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10

Strong Comfort.

Unchanging Help in a changing world

Powerful Hope

    that stands immovable in the face of every storm.

Do you know Him as your Unchanging One in a changing world?

 

 

Bubbles and Trouble

May turns to June and we find ourselves embracing summer vacations,

swimming, picnics, watermelon and so much more.

As I reflect upon summer’s past, especially when my daughters were young,

so many memories come to mind.

And one of my favorite is the time we’d spend

simply blowing bubbles.

You know, those big, big bubbles that would glisten

purples, pinks and yellows

in the sunlight.

We’d watch them dance heavenward until puff-

they’d burst and be only a memory.

Alot like worries.

We worry and fret

thinking about this thing or that,

dreading one thing or another

but when it finally comes

only rarely is it a big problem.

No, the problem is in the anxiety connected with it. It can make you sick.

But just suppose you could learn to pop your worry bubbles

and begin to live free.

Free from anxiety.

Free from fear about today, tomorrow and everything else.

We were created to live in love.

to embrace faith, think faith, breathe faith and live free.

But all too often thought patterns develop, fear patterns are created.

and instead of living free

we live in bondage

to fear.

Horrible, suffocating, trapping —fear.

But, we were created for

Life,

Freedom

Growth,

Love

and there’s simply no way that we can do that

as long as we are trapped in cycles of anxiety.

But the fear cycle can be stopped

the chains can be broken

and we can begin to live fully.

Maybe you have tried to stop worrying in the past

without success.

Many people have had success, though, working with a coach –

one with whom they are accountable,

one who will help them meet their goals,

one who is familiar with the tools and techniques needed to burst those fear bubbles.

 

He said “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.

Do not let your hearts be troubled and

DO NOT BE AFRAID. John 14:27 NIV

 

Powerful words. Words of hope and freedom.

Interested in talking more about how you can break the chains of fear in your life?

Contact me at

sharonbranicoaching.com

[email protected]

 

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