A Good and Necessary Tension Part 1

Written by on May 22, 2013

Dog Abby #1I hope you’re experiencing tension in your key relationships today.

“When direction . . . comes, it drops into the tension between the present and the future . . . this tension doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong. It means that something is happening! It is impossible to move without tension. No one can grip anything without tensing their muscles. Nor is tension all-encompassing. When I relax in a chair and reach out to pick up my coffee cup, the part of me that is in motion is tense while the remainder of my body is at rest.”   (Graham Cooke, Prophecy and Responsibility)

The last couple of weeks, Tim and I have engaged in nasty conflicts. To say they lacked harmony would be an understatement. In fact, if you put them to a tune and sang them out your front door, they’d make the terriers on your block yelp, go pelting for cover in a doghouse, and bury their heads beneath their paws.

Yesterday I heard God whisper, “This is a good and necessary tension.”
What?” I  said. “It’s been a strained day. An impossible week.”
“I never waste tension,” He replied. “Never. And by the way, there’s more conflict ahead.”


“Much worse.”

“Yikes!” I crawl on my hands and knees to the back corner of a crowded doghouse. “Move over, guys.”

(To be continued.)

How does God use tension for our growth?

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  1. Julie Jackson   On   May 24, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Dear Lord Jesus, Thank you for Tim and Lynn. Thank you for being the center of their marriage. Holy Spirit, I ask that you pray for Tim and Lynn today, as I’m not sure how pray for them. Amen.

    Thanks Lynn for sharing your intense msg.

    Love you, Julie

    • Lynn Hare   On   May 24, 2013 at 10:07 am

      Thank you for the prayer, Julie. Good thing this marriage is braided together with Christ as our third strand!

  2. Tim Hare   On   May 24, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I thought I was the one in the dog house! I love the way you turn everything back to God and how He is building our life together. Really good perspective on this. Love you bunches!

    • Lynn Hare   On   May 24, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Tim, behind every (semi-)successful writer is a spouse cheering her on. I’ll shake my tail. You shake your pom-poms.

  3. jane West   On   May 25, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Good thoughts, Lynn – along with a hook. I want to see the REST of the Story! I know Papa God will make it all good, and am wanting to know how. His ways are awesome.

    • Lynn Hare   On   May 29, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      Thanks, Jane! I think we’re all LIVING the rest of the story. With delicious tension and conflict!

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