In January, I binge-listened to Will Smith’s memoir, Will. Let me just pause here to encourage anyone who has not read the book yet, to LISTEN to it! It is a must-hear. Get it?! “Must Hear,” not “Must Read.” Hahahaha! I crack myself up! Seriously, though, it’s the best produced audible book I’ve ever listened to! If you’ve listened to something better, please send it my way! I’d love to check out it!
Anyways, I was listening to the book and I’m not trying to give any spoilers away, but in chapter 9 he describes his rock bottom. Fortunately, I don’t have any moments in my life I would describe as “rock bottom,” but I do have moments in my life where all I could do is fall to my knees due to my inability to stand in my own power.
Around the same time I listened to that specific chapter, “Firm Foundation” by Maverick City Music and TRBL came out. The first verse says…
Christ is my firm foundation
The Rock on which I stand
When everything around me is shaken I’ve never been more glad
That I put my faith in Jesus
‘Cause He’s never let me down
He’s faithful thoughtful generations
So why would He fail now?
It got me thinking about how we see rock bottom. “Rock Bottom” is an adjective defined as “at the lowest possible level.” What if we began to rethink about a rock bottom? What if the fall was softer because we know we have a firm foundation in Christ, the solid rock? There’s a hymnal that says, “On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; ALL OTHER GROUND is sinking sand…” Yes, outside of a good-standing relationship with Christ rock bottom could be deadly and extremely painful. I’d be remiss to say it feels differently in a good-standing relationship with Him. We would/will most definitely feel the pain, but it hits different when you land on the solid ground of a Father who has been faithful through generations… when you land on the solid ground of a Father who is not going to allow you to sink, but Who will pick you up and help you dust yourself off again because He won’t fail at fulfilling His purpose for your life!
So, today I just want to encourage you to put your faith in Jesus. Whether you’re growing through a season where you could use a little more faith, or you’re in a season where faith is abounding. I encourage all of us to keep receipts. Hold on to those moments when God has shown up and showed out for you in the past. We all have them! Even when it feels like you may have hit rock bottom, or you’ve fallen in sinking sand don’t forget Who’s you are.
i’m not sure why this specific encouragement fell on my spirit today, but my prayer as I type these emails each week is that God would use me to bless you exactly where you’re at in this season. Shoot! My prayer is to be encouraged myself, too! I hope you’re not at rock bottom as you read this, but if you are, God does not desire to leave you there. He loves YOU! He sees YOU! He is a good, good Father. My prayer is that this truth would overwhelm you this week.
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I'm a thirty-four year old wife, mother of four, podcast host, and writer from San Diego, California. I'm a former math teacher turned stay-at-home parent and influencer with the unique opportunity to bring women into community with one another and encourage them in their seasons of life through my podcast, Yvette, Unplugged and my online community, Women, Unplugged.
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