Focus on God’s deliverance, not the drama


Have you experienced circumstances lately that threaten to darken your outlook on life? Are you struggling with a health problem? A tight or dreary financial situation? A broken relationship? The loss of a loved one?

It might be easy right now for you to resent your circumstances, question God, or even look for someone to blame.

If you do that, though, you might be speaking or acting too soon.

A woman we read about in the Bible did that. Her name was Naomi. Although her name means “Pleasant” she soon found her circumstances were not, and neither was she.  After moving to a foreign land, losing her husband, and then losing both of her grown, married sons, she changed her name from “Pleasant” to “Bitter.”

“Call me Mara (which means “Bitter”),” she told everyone she met.By changing her name she was, in essence, saying “I’m not pleasant to be around anymore. I’m bitter.

She let her circumstances define WHO she was. So sad.

But Naomi spoke too soon.  She reacted emotionally to the circumstances right in front of her, instead of responding maturely to the God who had her life in His capable hands.

Naomi gave in to the drama. But God was about to change the scene.

Naomi’s daughter-in-law, Ruth, developed a close relationship with her, then met a man, Boaz, who married Ruth and provided for her mother-in-law, too. Long story short, Naomi’s life wasn’t over after all. God was just starting to bless in a big way. Naomi, through her bitter-at-first circumstances, eventually found a new life and became the great-great grandmother of Israel’s King David.

Sometimes you and I have to go through the dark to experience the deliverance. We’ve got to see the bad before we witness the blessing. And when we start to look for God, we will ALWAYS see Him at work, even if it’s just a work in us — a slow, gentle, character-building — that He is accomplishing.

Is the drama in  your life attempting to define you right now?  Don’t be the woman who says “Call me bitter.” Be the woman who remains pleasant to be around because she’s looking for God to show up and keep His promises. God is never ever late. And, because of that, David the Psalmist was able to say:

Wait for theLord; be strong and take heart and wait for theLord (Psalm 27:14).

How will YOU focus on God’s deliverance rather than the drama in your life? Let me know in the comment section below so I can pray for you. And, to help you in the waiting, I’ll give you an additional $5 off of the already reduced price of my popular book, When God Sees Your Tears, so you are constantly reminded that God knows you, hears you, and sees you. (Just use the coupon code GST5 in the shopping cart on my website. But hurry. This offer is only good for the first 50 readers who respond.)

Cindi
About me

Cindi McMenamin is an award-winning author and national speaker who helps women find strength for the soul. She has nearly 30 years experience ministering to women and inspiring them to let God meet their emotional needs, grow stronger through their alone times, and pursue their dreams with boldness.

28 Comments

Phyllis Landrum
Reply November 14, 2017

love it- Keep up the good work-- You are helping somebody- So please don't stop- Each time I read _ I am inspired to read more.

    Cindi
    Reply November 15, 2017

    Thank you, Phyllis. 😊

Pam Eudy
Reply November 16, 2017

This fits me to a "T". I've been seeking God's divine intervention for a very trying time I'm going through right now. Please pray for me and my teenage son, who I'm raising alone.

    Cindi
    Reply November 16, 2017

    You are in my prayers today, Pam. Thank you for your comment.

Amanda Singh
Reply November 17, 2017

Hi Cindi I am reading your book when a woman overcome life hurts: your book inspires me as I am a single mom with three beautiful girls. I have been abused my ex for 18 years each and every type. Reading this book is helping me to understand I am not alone.
Thank you keep up the great work and please pray for my kids and me.

    Cindi
    Reply November 17, 2017

    Hi Amanda, I'm so glad you're reading "When a Woman Overcomes Life's Hurts and you're being encouraged through it. You and your girls are in my prayers....Lord, strengthen this precious mom and her daughters. Protect, comfort, and encourage them with Your presence in the name of Jesus.

Phillipine
Reply November 17, 2017

Somethings in life are trully let by the Holy Spirit, I am in a very difficult period of not having a home, job,broken marriage and in debt, with three daughters to raise alone and the story of Naomi is comforting and I know God sees me and hear my cries for help

    Cindi
    Reply November 17, 2017

    Philippine: Thank you for taking the time to comment. You are in my prayers right now.
    "Lord, I know You see all that is going on in this single mom's life. I know You care about her and her daughters more than she will ever realize. Please comfort her with Your presence, give her confidence through Your provision for her family, and draw her and her daughters closer to you during this time of aloneness. Thank You that nothing happens outside Your knowledge and that You have a plan for her life as she surrenders fully to You. In the name of Jesus, Amen."

Edith
Reply November 17, 2017

Hi Cindi, I am surely facing the circumstance which is threatening... it's both financial and health as well, but the good news is that i found your are so encouraging.
so please let's stay in touch.
Thanks

    Cindi
    Reply November 17, 2017

    Edith: I am glad you are encouraged through my message. Make sure you are signed up for my weekly blog/e-newsletter and I will do my best to continue to encourage you with God's Word and promises to those who are surrendered to Him. May you sense His presence, His protection, and His provision in your life today.

Suzy Lasley
Reply November 17, 2017

I left my abusive husband after 12 years of marriage. I have healing to do.. I am trying to seek gods direction and him with all my heart.. my dreams are shattered but what I had was not real.. it was not a marriage. It was one-sided. Pray that God would watch over me and shelter me under his wing and nurse me back to health emotionally.. I need God every moment...

    Cindi
    Reply November 17, 2017

    Oh Suzy, I know you are on God's heart and I am praying for you today. I hope you are located in the U.S. and can take advantage of my special sale through Monday (Nov. 20) to get a copy of my book, When God Sees Your Tears for $5 off. I know it will help you. If that's not possible please contact me at Cindispeaks@msn.com and I'll see what I can do to get a copy to you. May you sense His smile today.

Hiram Moore
Reply November 17, 2017

Hello there Cindi, I'm a man and I just want to say that It's a wonderful thing that you are doing although your topics may be addressing Women us Men can also learn from it

    Cindi
    Reply November 17, 2017

    Thank you, Hiram for reading and if God can touch your heart, too, through my words, than I am grateful to Him. :)

Dorothy
Reply November 17, 2017

Hi Cindi, wonderful article and I am so inspired by this, love you & keep up the good works

    Cindi
    Reply November 17, 2017

    Thank you, Dorothy, for your sweet words of encouragement today. I'm so grateful to Him to know that you are inspired by what He teaches me and you are loved, too, my friend.

Donna
Reply November 17, 2017

I've decided to not let the drama in my life define me by choosing to live for today; to create pleasant memories just in case it will be the last memories and let God literally handle what I can't. Let go and let God. When u finally let go, even for a moment in time, it's so breathtaking.

    Cindi
    Reply November 17, 2017

    Donna, you should be writing a book, too! :) Thank you for sharing those refreshing words of encouragement with me and my readers. God's blessings on your life as you continue to live for Him and live each day as if it was your last.

Robin
Reply November 17, 2017

Hi Cindy, I just happened to,stumble across your website (God at work, I'm sure) and it is just what I need. My life has been one of turmoil since I was very young (abuse, parents divorce, always struggling to fit in and feeling alone, worried, anxiety) well in my fifties now, I have a beautiful family but have made some very poor choices along the way and God has rescued me every time. I long to live my life doing God's will and often struggle not knowing what to do. I pray that God forgives me my sins and brings me to a place in my life that I forever do his good works. Bless you, I know God has a great purpose in you.

    Cindi
    Reply November 17, 2017

    Robin, I'm so glad you found my site and thank you for taking the time to comment. My book, When a Woman Overcomes Life's Hurts, is perfect for you right now, because it will affirm to you that God can use and redeem anything you've gone through and turn it into a blessing in your life and the lives of others. Please watch for my email on Friday (or go to my site again on Friday if you don't get my emails) and you will find that book at its lowest price ever for my "Reader Appreciation Sale." Keep in touch. I care about your longing to draw closer to Him.

Cynthia Aguilar
Reply November 17, 2017

Thank you for encouraging me through your lessons, for the great moms that trust the Lord in the midst of their circumstances. Please pray for my daughters as they are prodical daughters. Thank you.

    Cindi
    Reply November 17, 2017

    Thank YOU, Cynthia, for being a longtime reader of mine. Your daughters are on my heart today, as I know they are on God's heart. This is my prayer for you and them today: "Lord, thank You that You know Cynthia's girls --- every detail of their lives, all they are going through, and what it's going to take to bring them back to You. Convict their hearts, show up at every turn, remind them of what they've been taught, and in the Name of Jesus, I ask that Cynthia's Christmas gift this year would be to experience a deep hope in YOU as she sees each of her daughters' hearts soften toward you as they begin their journey back to Your heart. Thank You, God, that our hope is not in our circumstances, or in other's choices or actions, but in YOU -- the God who never slumbers, nor sleeps (Psalm 121:4).

Lori Gonzales
Reply November 17, 2017

That was awesome! That is what has happened to me. After losing my Mother, I fell into addiction but did not stay in that long as My Savior put a quick stop to that. In the meantime lost my home and my home was robbed. BUT, My daughter and Son (in-law) Love him like my own, saw fit to make room in their home some 4 months ago and we haven't looked back one time. Jesus has begun to put in place blessings that will allow us to add on to this house. NONE OF THIS WOULD BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT JESUS! And we all know this. My life has changed so much in these last 6 months all because HE LOVES ME (All of Us, Jesus loves all of us). Good or bad it does not matter, as long as I keep my eyes on Jesus, we will pull thru. I hope to some day be a part of The Rapid Response Team, so that I can tell others to embrace our trials and stay confident in Our Lord. He will not leave us ever! For he has plans for all of us and they are GOOD PLANS! God Bless You and your Ministry Amen!

    Cindi
    Reply November 17, 2017

    Thank you, Lori, for sharing that story of how God has blessed even when you didn't think it was possible. I'm sure others will be encouraged by it. :)

LORNA
Reply November 17, 2017

I'm so much inspired and BLESSED by the word.
Thank You.
And blessings too.

    Cindi
    Reply November 17, 2017

    You're welcome, Lorna.

Alice Sievu
Reply November 18, 2017

I'm so encouraged by the word, may God continue to bless you and your ministry.

    Cindi
    Reply November 18, 2017

    Thank you, Alice. :) God's blessings to you, too.

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