If you have hit the I quit stage leading a church, you are probably right around the corner from breakthrough. If any of you have had a baby naturally, you know the magic words are "I can't do this anymore." This is the stage mamas hit right before they transition to push. That moment of sheer fear and pain, that makes her want to quit and get the epidural. However, any mama that hits this stage, knows she is right around the corner to the best moment of the night. When you want to quit, you now know you are minutes away from having a baby.
What happens when breakthrough doesn't come? There were many seasons of planting and leading a church, sadly I must admit, I wanted to quit. I think we need to pray and seek out discernment in each season, to figure out what is making us want to throw in the towel. As I look back over the past five years, mine was because I needed rest. My husband and I were good about the "go, go, go" mentality and never stopping to rest along the way. I think that really hindered us, and in some seasons we were running on fumes because of it. We were easily shakable, and fragile because we hadn't charged up through resting in Him.
As a result, year five God called us to a year of rest from ministry. I know, wow a year is a long time! That's what I said. But it has been so good, and it has taught us both what it looks like to rest, and what it means to "fully" rest from ministry when we rest. When we step back and rest healthily while leading churches, we can take our binoculars off and let God start to show us the big picture. Rest is good, God did it. Why shouldn't we? There is purpose in it. I think most of the time as church leaders we view it as weakness, or vacation, or pushing pause for a minute. But that's exactly what the enemy wants us to believe it is, so we won't want to rest.
What if breakthrough is coming? You won't know until it comes. A lot of the time in church planting, and pastoring churches we have to be faithful. Just being faithful to Him, and taking the seasons we go through with purpose, and knowledge that we need to become unshakable, immovable, and steadfast. Year four comes, no breakthrough, year seven comes still no breakthrough. God has purpose in those years, and if you're faithful in Him, just maybe you are on your last lap to breakthrough. Like a woman in labor, just maybe you are in a time of transition. Could it possibly be, that you couldn't have handled a breakthrough at year two, until you grew and learned more in every season to year eight? Just maybe, your unwavering faithfulness is what God needed to grow in you, for you to be able to hold onto your breakthrough.
xo a girl who sleeps with the pastor