When it Doesn’t Work

I’m linking up with Kate and the hang this week at Five Minute Friday. For 5 minutes of unedited free writes on her one word prompt. 

This week’s word is work. 

What happens when it doesn’t work?  When you try and do and pray and bend over backwards and bite your tongue and confront sin and it doesn’t work.  That’s my question today.

Situations in our life have made things impossible to resolve in a biblical way.  Unbiblical demands have been place upon us, unrepentant sin abounds, those that treat us as children instead of full fledged adults with grown (and almost grown) children of our own.  The struggle is real.

I can only respond with God knows what he’s doing when I don’t but sometimes that’s not enough.  Faith is shaken, rejection and pain are deep.  I’d like to say we’re at peace about all of it, but we’re not.

What is the answer?  I don’t know.  Cling to Christ and trust him seem so cliche.  Oh yes, I know that’s where the answer truly lies but I want feet. I want resolution.  I really, truly want these situations to resolve to God’s glory.  I want restoration.  I want the opportunity for God to redeem the years the locusts have eaten.  But will it happen?  Doesn’t look likely right now.

So for now, we cry, we debate, we argue, we email and text instead of sitting down to talk because that’s already been tried. We pray and we try to figure out the next step where there appears to be no viable step to take.

Time’s up!



  • Andrew Budek-Schmeisser

    09/09/2017 at 11:56 pm Reply

    Praying for you, Christy. I’m so distressed that you’ve had to walk a hard and lonely road!

  • Martha G. Brady

    09/09/2017 at 11:14 am Reply

    blessings christy. are you still in the middle of that situation or has GOD moved you out? maybe you won’t be the ones who will be able to bring about the change you want to see. 🙁

    • Christy

      09/09/2017 at 12:25 pm Reply

      Oh yes Martha, we’re definitely out of that situation, except for a few little annoyances that won’t go away. We’re at peace with it. Sadly, we really don’t expect anything to ever change. The best thing we’ve heard is many have left, we can only hope and pray they are in a grace filled gospel preaching church and that maybe some day their eyes will be opened.

      This post? Reflection on a situation with extended family that we’ve tried to resolve for more than 10 years without success. Truly we’ve tried everything short of things that go against our conscience. It’s a sad situation that we really cannot walk away from and it came to a head about the same time the other situation evidenced itself. It’s been a hard year! Legalism is an ugly enemy that creates arrogance and judgement instead of grace and mercy. Shane and I both have learned a LOT about grace this past year for sure!

  • Tara

    09/08/2017 at 2:42 pm Reply

    Still praying for you and your lovely family. It’s so hard especially when you’ve been hurt. Love you friend! I’m in the 33 spot this week.

    • Christy

      09/08/2017 at 7:44 pm Reply

      Thanks Tara! I really appreciate your prayers and your friendship!

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