Then {Day 12}

“Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, 

and he delivered them out of their distresses.

~ Psalm 107:6 KJV

I remember the day Erin Brockovich, the well-known environmental activist, visited our town in 2009 and alleged what our community had feared:

We were living in a cancer-cluster and water contamination was to blame.

Each bath, hand-washed dish, or dip in our above-ground pool my family of six encountered meant cancer-causing elements were slowly absorbing into our system. Given my pervious cancer battles, never before had we wanted to move so quickly, yet with this unsettling news the housing prices in our area had plummeted. As a result, we owed more than the house was worth, and the only way out was filing for foreclosure or applying for a short sale, so we thought.

It’s unexpected situations like these that remind me why I love God’s Word so much. In fact, the Lord showcases what triggers His amazing power in Psalm 107:6. This passage retells the story of when the Israelites hit rock bottom, it says,

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress”

(emphasis added).

Sometimes it isn’t until we are wading through hardships in life that we experience our then moment. The bottom falls out, then we cry out to the Lord. It’s like this one act of emptying our emotions finally allows us to become the perfect vessel, weak enough to unleash His power.

In our housing situation, that’s exactly what happened. For a year we tried to finagle a plan. We attempted to short sale, even though we never missed a monthly payment, but as every buyer fell through, I cried out to God to save us.

After a year, we finally gave up and trusted that He was in control. If we were supposed to move, He’d show us how.

So when a new realtor explained that we could rent out our home and buy another, we laughed. “Sure, OK,” we jested, and half-heartedly tried this guy’s plan.

Somehow, within 30 days we found a home, signed a contract, and secured renters who could care less about the potential scare. And wouldn’t you know it, a year later our water contamination problems diminished as no explanation was found for this frightening outbreak.

God loves to deliver His children.

As much as we try, our lives will never morph into perfection, not on this broken earth. And even sometimes it requires the bottom to drop out before we experience our then moment. The beautiful part is we often grow when our knees on the ground and our face lifted high, crying out for His wisdom and guidance.

{Previously published: Daily Devo, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, July 4, 2016}

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When was the last time you hit rock bottom and experienced your then moment?
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Pray and ask God what one area He wants you to release over to Him?

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“Fear makes us forgetful. This is why we must purposefully look back and trace God’s hand of faithfulness in our lives. God’s faithfulness before assures us He will be faithful again.”

~ Lysa Terkeurst, Proverbs 31 Ministries  

“In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;
    he saved me from all my troubles.”

~ Psalm 34:6 NLT

“The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.”

~ Psalm 34:17 NLT

“Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!”

~ Psalm 116:2 NLT

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Well, I’m having another then moment today, guys.

Can I ask a favor? Can you pray for the little people in my family? I have three still at home. We have hit some bumps.

This happens. We’ve all had them. But prayer is so powerful.

So if you could say a prayer us all…that God would give us wisdom…I’d sure appreciate this.

On another note, if you see a typo in this post, or you had to read something twice, please comment below (I’ll include you in the acknowledgment section of this devotional). You guys know I’ve been posting the rough draft version sporadically. My heart is to encourage others.

That’s all.

(Funny how we have faced the craziest things over the last 7 months I’ve tried to finish this thing.)

You guys are the best. Honestly. I’m praying for EACH of you who read this today. That God will bless you. That He will show up in your life today and you will recognize that He’s is with you in whatever you’re doing. That you will hear His voice behind you, directing you.

God. Is. Good.

Much love,

Dabney

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  1. Laura Bennet says:

    So good, Dabney! Yes! Praying for you and your family right now. =)

  2. Stacey Van Nice says:

    Thank you Dabney! I so needed this reminder today and always. Unfortunately, I’m so fiercely independent and forget to ask our Father for help until I absolutely wear myself out. Duh, Why don’t I just do this first? God is so patient with us all. I will be praying for you guys in this season, and if you ever need to chat I’m here for you. He will give you wisdom. James 1:5.

  3. Tina(mom) says:

    You are so in our prayers, even when things appear to be all in place.

  4. Brenda says:

    God wanted to increase your home while fear almost caused you to run from HIS BLESSINGS.

    Children are strong…parents so much want to rescue them.

    GOD, I HAVE NO DOUBT YOU ARE ON THIS SITUATION WITH THE CHILDREN. HELP DABNEY TO WALK IN BOLDNESS TRUSTING YOU EVEN IF SATAN TEMPTS HER WITH FEAR. AMEN

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