By Julie Clinton
I venture to suggest that the one vital quality which the great saints had in common was spiritual receptivity. They differed from the average person in that when they felt the inward longing they did something about it. They acquired the lifelong habit of spiritual response.
“I used to be what others would call ‘professional.’ My masters degree is in communication arts and I had worked as a public speaker and author for over 15 years when my son was arrested. I was suddenly flat on my face, wondering if I would ever be able to speak publicly again. I wanted to curl up in the embryo position and die. My refining process has been to learn that when I am the weakest, He is strong. When we don’t have answers, He is enough. When I can’t pick myself up, He is ‘the lifter of my head.’ When tears come (and they often do), I don’t have to pretend I don’t hurt. I’ve discovered that God works better through my honesty, heartache, and brokenness than He ever worked through my professionalism.”
“There are times when I’m driving home from the prison after visiting my son, and He reminds me of the joy I experienced as I ministered to the wife of an inmate at the prison that day…
I have observed my son using his leadership, education, and his faith to encourage other inmates and to make a difference in the middle of a very dark and hopeless place. As I open letters from those inmates, telling me what an encouragement and blessing Jason has been to them, I feel the warmth of God’s smile—and that makes my pain tolerable. I sense that God is using my pain to give me a tender heart and to make me more useable. I don’t like the process, but I embrace the result.” 1
I believe our resistance, if we are willing to just look at it and hold it for a moment, will show us where we need healing in our lives. In my life, resistance shows me my fear, which is not always fun to think about…. Often in life, when we feel pressure or resistance, we want to move away. Lean into the resistance; it will make you stronger. Don't run from your pain, and God will meet you in it and heal you.2
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Julie Clinton M.Ad., M.B.A. Is president of Extraordinary Women and host of Ewomen conferences all across America. A woman of deep faith, she cares passionately about seeing women live out their dreams by finding their freedom in Christ. Julie and her husband, Dr. Tim Clinton, live in Virginia and are the parents of Zach and Megan, who is married to Ben Allison.
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