Surviving Unfriendly Waters

It happens suddenly without anticipation or it could have been planned. Change. You find yourself in an uncharted area or time of life, navigating waters that seem unfriendly and dangerous. Cold. You consider your journey. Perhaps you have moved to a new community, or switched jobs, churches, schools or states. Perhaps you have been in a painful divorce or other negative experience. You find yourself among people often, yet your closest friends and fellowship are far off. Difficult days these can be. So how can you maneuver these waters, safely and emerge on friendlier shores? Here are some tips to stay afloat when the raft you are on is a lonely one due to difficult, specific or seasonal circumstances in life.

  1. Immerse yourself in Gods’ Word. If this seems too much, cling to a verse a day.
  2. Take A Walk. Outside. Get outside in the fresh air. Sunny, rainy, windy, snowy weather is secondary to the fact that a few minutes outside puts you in instant connect with the Creator of it all.
  3. Acknowledge God’s constant presence by having a continual conversation with Him. He knows what you are thinking anyway, but speaking it out loud will increase your confidence and trust that He is truly present.
  4. Pray continuously. Include prayers of praise, confession, thanksgiving and intercession. These are those bullet prayers that are part of the above conversation, yet unique and specific. Someone has asked for prayer while you are on Facebook or catching up on e-mail? Go ahead and pray immediately, giving thanks that we can approach His throne boldly and with full confidence that He is ready, able and willing to be actively involved with every aspect of our lives.
  5. Stay connected somehow. God is faithful to provide what we need. Don’t be afraid to ask for prayer for yourself in difficult seasons. Sometimes Christians feel guilty and don’t want to admit that they are struggling. This is the enemy’s strategy for getting sheep away from the safety of the flock. Prayers from grace-filled, loving believers will protect you during seasons where God may have you alone or when you are enduring consequences, trials and temptations. We can rejoice and rest assured He will never leave or forsake us.

Last but not least remember God is faithful. He cannot fail. He is Love and His mercies are new every morning. He is for you and not against you. He is an ever present help in times of trouble, to those who call upon His name in faith. Not giant sized faith either. He will accept your tiny mustard seed faith and increase it in His time.

“Little flock, do not be afraid. Your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)

Dawn Paoletta is a writer who is finally coming out of the closet and following her dream to share her life lessons and insights with anyone who will listen. Being recently laid up with a muscular injury has temporarily curtailed her career in fitness allowing her the golden opportunity needed to reorder her priorities and shift her focus to blogging her greatest passions: Living out her faith as a modern day disciple of Jesus Christ and enjoying spending time with her husband, daughter and family pets. She is a natural coach and encourager who can’t help sharing what she’s learned along her journey with authenticity, grace and truth. Visit Dawn at her blogs, Beneath the Surface: Breath of Faith or Fitness for the Fainthearted.

14 Responses to Surviving Unfriendly Waters
  1. Susie Klein
    March 5, 2012 | 11:30 pm

    Woohoo! This is a great post and very timely for me! I am trying to embrace all of these excellent principles. Thank you Dawn, this is the perfect outline to keep in front of my face daily!

    • Dawn
      March 6, 2012 | 6:51 am

      Susie, I wrote what I also needed to hear! God is good to allow us to share what we ourselves need and in doing so bless others. Thanks for your words!

  2. Meaghan Jackson
    March 6, 2012 | 6:42 am

    Thank you for this very timely post. I too have been clinging to God’s faithfulness this past year. He is always there for me through everything I am going through. I appreciate your reminders to stay in God’s word and to reach out. I shall try that more.

    • Dawn
      March 6, 2012 | 8:50 am

      Meaghan,Each of these is a reminder of something I know I need to do. Some seasons are opportunities to go deeper in specific ones, perhaps and maybe need a bit more effort in pursuing. I am with you in the trying and and grateful for His faithfulness!

  3. Dawn
    March 6, 2012 | 6:59 am

    Meaghan,Each of these is a reminder of something I know I need to do. Some seasons are opportunities to go deeper in specific ones, perhaps and maybe need a bit more effort in pursuing. I am with you in the trying and and grateful for His faithfulness!

  4. Sharon Gamble
    March 6, 2012 | 8:28 am

    Thank you, Dawn! Those little bullet prayers can make all the difference in my attitude each day and remembering who God is: faithful, loving, a rock, my tower…calms me down again.

  5. Shanyn
    March 6, 2012 | 8:38 am

    Dawn – this is exactly what I needed exactly right now. Thank you for the blessing of this post my dear…wise words for us all.

  6. Mary
    March 6, 2012 | 8:48 am

    Beautiful Dawn…great inspiration to start my morning!

  7. Toni Campbell
    March 6, 2012 | 9:46 am

    Wonderful post Dawn. Sometimes when we’re facing difficulties, it’s easy to become paralyzed because everything seems overwhelming. These are simple, easy, practical ways to stay connected to God – our source of power and comfort not only in changing, uncertain times, but every day 🙂

  8. jenny penton
    March 6, 2012 | 10:15 am

    Oh Dawn, how beautiful! This was such a wonderful reminder of God’s love.

  9. sandie
    March 6, 2012 | 4:00 pm

    She is a wonderful gal and she lives what she preaches. And praying without ceasing is a great answer. sandie

  10. Genny
    March 6, 2012 | 8:10 pm

    These are great tips, Dawn! I especially love the reminder to stay connected. I know for me, whenever I have faced hard times, it has helped so much to remember I’m not alone. 🙂

  11. Elizabeth
    March 7, 2012 | 2:56 pm

    Dawn…it’s about time you came out of the closet. We need your insight and advise. I love your post! I work out outdoors and Jesus spots me. 🙂

  12. Denise J. Hughes
    March 8, 2012 | 2:42 pm

    I am so thankful that God remains the same ~ yesterday, today, and forever ~ even in the midst of our own life changes.

    Awesome post.