Note: This is a personal post written by my daughter Dana Summers ***
I wanted to share with you that the Lord has been doing in my life over the last year and half. This has been a trying year for us, as a couple, a family and for me personally. The Lord began this year by revealing to me, by His mercy, what he was doing. In January 2011, as I was sitting in a Bible study, I heard one word to start off my new year: “dismantling”. “What? I knew that this word was for me, however I hoped it was for someone else. What does dismantling mean exactly? The dictionary defines Dismantle as 1. to deprive or strip of apparatus, furniture, equipment, defenses, etc.: 2. to disassemble or pull down; take apart: 3. to divest of dress, covering. He then gave me the rest: Embrace the dismantling, Deal with fear of exposure, Remove walls of protection, Begin to see weakness as strength, Be thankful for the past, repent of regret & disappointment, Let go of expectations, Receive new directions, Receive new wisdom and Restoration.
Apparently I had been holding on to some things and the Lord thought it was time to deal with them. His timing is perfect, I had to remind myself of that over and over. I am not going to lie, this has been a really difficult year/season for me. The Lord didn’t have to let me in on what He was doing. I am thankful that He did, but still do not have total understanding. I have learned not to try to interpret what God is doing but to trust him in the unfolding, because it never looks like what I expected.