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The Calm After the Storm

Michone' Taylor | Jun 17, 2014

My name is Michone’ Taylor and I am so, so, so very glad to be the newest member of this ministry team.

I was born and raised in the small country town of Longview, Texas, so the sleepy, wooded area where this ministry is located feels very familiar. But, just to be clear, that doesn’t mean that I won’t run for the hills at the first sight of a spider, snake, or any other un-human creature. I have many passions that include dance (see my dance troop and I below), spending time with my extremely close-knit family back home, and spontaneously trying new things! I love a good adventure!


Dance Troupe

Things have been incredible so far, and laughing with Nicole and Jerry here in this office has just been the icing on the cake! It will be such a delight to serve you in EVERY WAY that I can since you, yes, YOU, my sisters, are an answer to my prayer.

You see, I prayed for this job and God answered my request with a “yes!!!” Going Beyond Ministries offered an amazing position with stability and the opportunity to work in full-time ministry.

You know what the interesting part is? Even after God had so obviously given me my heart’s desire, I found myself wondering “now what?” and “what if?”. I’m prone to worry and all too often it steals my affections for God and then saps the energy I should be using to worship Him. I’m amazed that an all knowing, all loving, sovereign God can see this flaw in me and yet still answer my prayers with a “yes” on occasion.

This is grace.

So, what does one do when they’ve been so prone to worry and concern like I am.

I wonder. Then I ask Him.

He whispers in response . . . “REST. Enjoy this place. Don’t worry about tomorrow. Don’t anticipate trials. Get to know me in my beauty and splendor. Be Still.”

I am asking our Daddy-God (that’s what I like to call him) to teach me how to rest in Him. In this pleasant, happy, prayer answered season, my new prayer is that he teaches me how to enjoy the blessing of a “yes” to my request without bogging it down with the unnecessary burden of anxiety. Teaching a heart, that has made its home in worry, not to search for things to be anxious about is going to require quite an effort. But it will be worth it.

In the Sand

The Lord’s desire for us – you and me – is peace, joy, rest, and fullness in Him. Truly realizing that when the Word says “Be Anxious for nothing” in Philippians 4:6, it is a command not a request. I cannot worry and walk in faith at the same time.

Neither can you.

So, God is refining me in deep ways as I start this job. And I’m going through this beautiful, purifying season . . .with you.

Thank you for welcoming me to Going Beyond Ministries. I pray that our Father will teach us how to rest in His goodness, in His beauty, and in His love. In this we will be still and allow God to replace our fears and anxieties with heartfelt affection for Him.