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These are some lessons we have learned when love has found us in our weakness

 Molting Season Article   1


These are some lessons we have learned when love has found us in our weakness.  Perhaps they will help you, also:  

God's love finds us during our weakest and most embarrassing hour (see Luke 15:17 -20)

God's grace (ability) frees us from self-sufficiency and self-reliance (see 1 Peter 5:5-7)

God's wisdom follows after us and guards us in times of persecution (see Proverbs 2:10 -12)

God's provision feeds us when we are too weak to feed ourselves (see 1 Kings 19:1-8; 2 Kings 4:1-7)

God's rest floods over us during times of crisis and tribulation (see Romans 8:31 -39)

God's compassion fills us for others who are in need of grace and mercy (see Luke 23:39 -43)

God's power flows through us and strengthens us in our weakness (see 2 Corinthians 12:7-10)  

Positioning Ourselves during Times of Weakness  

Below are a few practical things that have helped Trisha and me experience God's comfort during molting seasons so that later on we are able to comfort others during their time of need (see 2 Corinthians 1:3-4).  We are not talking here about acts performed, but a positioning of our hearts.  

1.      We seek to trust in Father's loving nature and not the present circumstances.  It is Graham Cooke who often says, We may not know what God is doing but we can always know what He is like. What God is doing changes as often as the seasons, but His loving nature never changes.  God is always good and everything He does is because His love is always seeking to draw us more deeply into His presence.  For Trisha and me, the way has often been through the wilderness where we become more sensitive to our need for Him and He then increases His fruitfulness in our lives.  (See Exodus 33:13-34:7; Hosea 2:14-15; John 15:1-5)  

2.      We seek to make hourly choices to refrain from pecking on each other and those who may be in a molting season and who in that moment may not smell too good themselves.  We realize that many are also going through increased agitations, feelings of insecurity, no sense of comfort, and a loss of vision.  Molting seasons can be very destructive for all involved if we do not respond with humility and grace to others who do not understand our condition or those who are experiencing a similar transitional crisis.  (1 Peter 3:8-11)  

3.      We seek to spend time soaking in the Son.  During molting seasons we have often found it difficult to even pray or have any sense that God exists.  The Word at times seems completely lifeless and appears to offer no encouragement.  Therefore, we seek to increase time spent in solitude, silently waiting upon Him and being content with knowing that God has not left nor forsaken us.  We've not lost our salvation.  God is not ashamed of us.  He is not condemning us.  We seek to be still and play gentle music about God's loving nature or meditate upon one verse that is a comfort to us.  (See Isaiah 40:31; Hebrews 2:11 ; 11:16 ; 13:5; John 5:22; John 3:16-18; John 12:47-48; Roman 8:1, 31-39)  

4.      We seek out senior eagles and close friends that have experienced this season before.  They have fresh food for us that younger eagles cannot provide.  We would not have made it through these seasons without opening our hearts to receive spiritual mothers and fathers and searching out those who have tread the path of the valley of weeping before us and learned to make it a spring where others may follow and drink.  (See Psalm 84; Corinthians 4:14-21; 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)