Hey girlfriends!!!! I’ve missed you all!
I’ve been adjusting to a new job the past few months, I’ll be writing about that journey and sharing with you soon, because trust me when I say the devil shows up especially when abundant blessings come our way.
Enough of that! I’m so excited about sharing what I’m learning while reading a book that I received last year by Beth Moore titled “Get Out of that Pit”. This book has been an amazing read so far and I plan on sharing more from it with you over the next few blog posts.
A pit is defined as a large hole in the ground. Let’s think about the pits that are present in our spiritual life, the holes that we may have present in that aspect. We all have pits in our life at some point or another no matter how saved we are.
Moore starts out by stating that we often don’t even realize that we are in a pit because we often become so accustomed to our situations. We don’t have to stay in the pit if we don’t want, we just need to realize that we are there and climb out! How often do we stay in a horrible relationship or dead-end job that is driving us mad and we just get so used to the bad situation that we become numb to our pain and suffering? How often do we hold on to grudges when we are wronged instead of realizing that we can’t change what has happened or who has wronged us? We all have times that we hold on to what we don’t need to or stay in dire situations simply because it becomes our norm. Moore states in her book “We feel too buried in our present state to feel passionate about a promised future.” We must learn to trust in Him and step out on faith in order to change our circumstances and get out of the pits that we fall into from time to time.
Moore identifies 3 ways to get into a pit and the first is when we get thrown into a pit by someone else, she often refers to this as a “pit of innocence”. There are many times in life that bad things just happen to us based upon someone else’s actions despite how “good” we are or undeserving. Moore describes the “pit of innocence” as the most complicated pit to deal with emotionally and spiritually because we have someone else to blame for our suffering. When we are dealing with a pit that someone throws us into we have to rely on forgiveness. We stay in the pit if we choose not to forgive despite whether or not the wrongdoer takes responsibility or not.
I will talk about a pit that I was thrown into. I am recently divorced and I would perceive this happening to me as a pit that I was thrown into. I would have never imagined that I would be in the situation I was in last year going through a divorce. I tried to recommend counseling and therapy to no avail in order to safe my marriage and keep my family together for my children despite me not being the one who was defying my vows. I felt thrown into a pit! After my attempts to save my marriage failed, I realized that I had to first accept the situation that I was in and that life for me and my children would be drastically different. This realization was hard to deal with, not only for me but for my family as well. I then grew in my faith and trusted that God would take care of me. I leaned on Him at all times and was able to grow in tremendous ways spiritually. Lastly, and this one is the hardest to do, I forgave my ex-husband. Preaching is so much easier than practicing, but if I’m going to stress forgiveness I have to practice it myself!!! I don’t blame my ex for anything that happened any longer, I’ve accepted my circumstances and I use my experience as a testimony to other women going through similar situations. I believe that God put me through so much last year in order to use me to testify to other women in order to help them though tough times. There is always a lesson in everything we go through! As Moore states in her book, “If God allowed you to be thrown into a pit, you weren’t picked on; you were picked out. God entrusted that suffering to you because He has faith in you. Live up to it. All the way up.”
Girlfriends, I want to hear about a time when you felt that you were thrown into a pit by someone else. What “pit of innocence” were you thrown into and how did you get out of it or how are you working to get out of it?
Love you all!!!