You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling. 

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} is our attempt to carry the Sunday message into Monday mornings by walking together and sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. 

The Monday After Sunday, July 28, 2013: Everyday Heroes: Elisha {Listen to the message HERE!}

By Hyacynth Worth

When we lost the first two babies during my third and fourth pregnancies, we called it a terrible tragedy.

When we lost the third, we lost any accompanying words that could make sense of another brutal loss.

And that’s when I really began to question God – was our family already complete with two beautiful boys?

Were we done, and was this God’s way of urging us to call it quits? We’ve been wrestling since our last little one, Selah, went home to Heaven in March before she ever took a breath of air.

Tragedy and depression and anxiety have a way of making us question whether the direction in which we’re heading is any direction we should head at all.

Those things make us take a pregnant pause in forward motion and, for our family, it has made for being still before the Father,  asking Him to reveal His heart for us.

In this pause of movement, we’ve cried out questions to God, and He’s given us answers that don’t seem to have anything to do with any of the questions we’ve asked.

Except for that, also, His answers have been exactly what my heart has needed

In the loss of our babies, God has given me a name, daughter and bride, and He has made His name, Lover of my Life, known to my wounded heart.

I didn’t know it then, but I see now how before I could move forward on His call on my life, I had to know those two things intimately and concretely, not simply in song and dance. Once I had that straight inside of my own heart, I found that our question of “should we try to grow our family?” was replaced by His question to my heart of “Do you trust me with where we need to go next?”

This morning as Pastor Joe spoke about Elisha’s life, I felt the proverbial cloak fall over my shoulders, an anointing to move forward into the terrifying unknown of where God was leading … which I felt included addressing what growing our family could look like after sustaining three losses.

My husband and I both stood at prodding of the Spirit when Pastor Joe asked if anyone felt the Lord leading them into new territory.

Though I didn’t know why John was standing, I shook in in my sandals at the thought of entering a territory I thought I’d desired for the past two years.

Because moving? Well moving forward requires an abandonment of roads I’ve been traveling for years: fear, anxiety, abandonment.

Moving forward requires letting go of all those safety nets that have kept me tangled and secure, albeit falsely.

Moving forward into an unknown territory demands trust that the Pathblazer knows the road ahead.

And there are personal sacrifices we would submit in traveling the road of growing our family – ones that would have me at home longer, have us living on a tighter budget, requiring more of our attention and time. The list actually extends for both of us.

But I think of these words:

“Elisha’s world was better because of the sacrifice he made … consider what would have happened had he not responded to the call … a whole generation would have been lost and without a leader.”

Perhaps generations don’t hinge on all of our shoulders.

But, then again, perhaps, they do.

Because Everyday Heroes, they go where the gentle tugging on their hearts leads, be it to the washing of little feet or the washing of grace over an office or the washing of His truth over a generation.

Last island hurrah for the year. Say it ain't so.

Hyacynth Worth is grateful daughter to the Perfect Father, wife to John and mother to two little boys and three souls she will one day meet. In between mothering and coordinating social media for Immanuel, she writes about grace, motherhood and living a healthy lifestyle at Undercover Mother.

6 thoughts on “The Monday After: Everyday Heroes: Elisha {Hyacynth}

  1. May God bless you and your family always. Stay strong and let your heart be open to out Lord’s wishes.

  2. May God give you the strength to follow His call and courage to handle the cost.
    I am up to my eyeballs in what God has called me to do or so I thought. What I was really up to was fear and doubt and worry covered up by busyness and distraction. Not only was I sitting in a pit of slothfulness but of feeling completely “ordinary”…too ordinary to do what God has called me to do at this time. Well, God is the Great Disciplinarian and has given this child of His a spanking (for numerous weeks now after the sermons). I have been submitting to the evil one’s manipulations and deceptions INSTEAD of submitting to my FAITH in God that He does not make mistakes. He calls whom He wants when He wants and equips those He has called with the “cape” of faith, courage, and knowledge according to His will. All of us He has called are Super Heroes WHEN we submit to the power of His will.
    So, Hyancynth, don your cape and soar on the wings of eagles!

    I love this Monday after blog. This past Sunday I felt like I could have jumped to the ceiling only to get home and quickly become despondent again. This is a great pick me up anytime during the week . God Bless you for taking the time to commit to this.

    1. I’m so glad that you’ve found encouragement here after Sunday mornings have come and gone! May God lead you as you grow closer to Him and see more of His tender heart for you!

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