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April, my month of Recovery . . .

 

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"April Is My Month of Recovery" 

By Sara Whitten

 

 

Rowing in the Spirit

 

 

As I was spending time with the Lord on a recent morning, I got an image of a boat with a rowing crew. Unsure of what the Lord was saying, I began to press into this word. There are phenomenal insights into what the Lord is doing in the spirit this month that are direct parallels to rowing, or "crew," as it's fondly known in the states. God is working through small groups to do big things.

 

 

Rowing is a sport that uses anywhere from single-person vessels to vessels with groups of eight. God is doing mighty movements in small groups. Where there is a single surrendered heart, or where two or more are gathered (Matthew 18:20), the capacity exists to create big movements. We will see mighty moves coming from unexpected places. Instead of the mega groups, these will be led by the tiny, modern-day "tribes of Judah.”

 

 

God Is Bringing Spiritual Coaches to Come Alongside You

 

 

Each team has a coxswain (or cox) who acts like a coach inside the vessel, often because rowers are seated where their backs are facing toward the direction they are going, so they can't see where they're traveling. God is bringing confirmation through mentors and trusted prophetic sources to remind you of your direction and His words. This won't be a message of a new direction, but rather, reiterations of things God has already given you glimpses of; clarification of the next steps on the road to your calling; or a stirring up of gifts and passions again, where you have begun to grow cold. 

 

 

Catch and Release

 

 

Each stroke of the oar in rowing is comprised of a "catch" and "release." Catching is the entry of the oar into the water, and releasing is the exiting of the oar from the water. Both are critical to creating momentum. Similarly, this month is preparing you for phases in which the Lord needs you to "catch." This will be a "reentry" or an active "diving in.”

 

 

Interestingly, Merriam-Webster defines catch as "to capture or seize, especially after pursuit." Long spiritual pursuits of callings that have felt fruitless are going to finally have some fruit you can take hold of!

 

 

"To discover unexpectedly" is another definition of catch (Merriam-Webster). Suddenlies will mark this next season, where in an instant, things will turn around or come to fruition. Wordnik adds this to the list of definitions: "To stop (oneself) from doing an action." Habits or routines from previous seasons that have needed to be pruned for lack of fruit are going to be "caught" and pruned as the Lord highlights them.

 

 

Many are coming out of "release" phases right now. They are balanced and disciplined, "pulling back" as the Lord directs. This may be pulling back into rest, pulling back from battles that were not intended for you to fight, or pulling back from certain commitments or relationships. Release is defined by Merriam-Webster as "to set free from restraint, confinement, or servitude" or "to relieve from something that confines, burdens, or oppresses." Ask the Lord to help you do a spiritual inventory of what needs to be let go.

 

 

Release also means "to give permission for publication, performance, exhibition, or sale of: to make available to the public" (Merriam-Webster).

 

 

God has and is commissioning new releases in various sectors, where dreams that have been placed in hearts will finally be "released to the public" for His glory and purposes.

 

 

God Is Doing "Recovery" Work This Month

 

 

Perhaps the "rowing" fact that most caught my attention is the "recovery" phase. In rowing, the point between release and repositioning for the catch (or reentry) is called the "recovery." God whispered, "April is My month of recovery." God is doing mighty works of "release" to position us to catch even more in the following months! Be flexible and allow the Lord to position you.

 

 

Recovering is defined as "being in the process of overcoming a disorder or shortcoming" (Merriam-Webster). While the recent "releases" involved with repositioning may not feel very victorious, stay the course and stay obedient. You are in the process of overcoming and being positioned for reentry into the new!

 

 

Prayer: God, thank You for all You have been releasing in my life. Give me the wisdom to cooperate with Your positioning and let go. Tune my ears to hear what You are calling me to dive into in the upcoming months, and give me the flexibility that allows me to be clay in Your hands as You do Your recovery work in me this month. Amen.

 

 

 

 

By Sara Whitten

Arrows of Zion

Email: sara@arrowsofzion.com 

Website: www.arrowsofzion.com 

 

 

 

 

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17.03 | 00:11

Praise God! He is so good to all of us!

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16.03 | 15:20

I needed to hear this today. Its been sooo very difficult for a long time honestly asked God if I was the toxic one and just didn't realize it so I could repent

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11.01 | 20:32

this is so beautiful and such a testimony to the Lord's healing power and sanctification through our suffering. Much of my walk with Christ is similar to yours.

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Shavua Tov

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