Have you ever felt like everything in your life was falling apart within a 5-minute window? Same. I’m actually walking through a season like this right now.

At the beginning of June this year, God gave me a heads-up about what this summer would look like for me: He simply told me that this would be a summer of “undoing.” The undoing of me.

I took Him seriously and decided that if I was going to be undone, I would start fresh. I did things like chop my hair and re-arrange my room. I know it may sound weird, but I felt a new freedom and actually learned something in the process.

Normally it would take a solid two hours of sweat, tears, and a ton of pivoting to rearrange my room. I would rush the process which, in the end, only made it take longer.

But this time, it took a total of one hour to rearrange my room, and 45 minutes of that time was spent undoing it and 15 minutes remaking it.

Want to know why? I took my sweet time. Which ironically made it go faster.

I was able to analyze my room from a fresh and freeing perspective (there is something beautiful about an empty room and a fresh slate). Then I decided where things would go BEFORE moving them. Once I was able to analyze everything and see a clear plan for where things needed to go, the remaking began—and it was fast.

All I had to do was push my bed to one side, move the pieces of furniture, and re-decorate. I put the drawers back inside the dresser, moved all my things into new and fresh places, and stood back—proud of what I had accomplished.

I think this is how God desires the undoing of our lives to look.

When we allow Him to take His sweet time undoing us, then when the time comes to remake us, it is fast and final. Nothing gets lost or broken in the process. Priorities get rearranged and sometimes things get removed. I didn’t even realize there were so many things I had been holding onto that I was never meant to carry. When you let God take His time undoing you, there is a new sense of freedom and readiness for what’s next.

I’d love to tell you what the final product looks like, but honestly, I am still being undone. And I want God to take His sweet time.

So, if you currently feel like things are coming apart in your life, or if it feels like God is undoing you, be encouraged that this process is for your promise! You can join God in the beauty of undoing yourself. This isn’t something to be afraid of, but rather something to be thankful for because it means He is getting ready to remake things in your life in ways you could never imagine.

“I pray with great faith for you, because I’m fully convinced that the One who began this glorious work in you will faithfully continue the process of maturing you and will put his finishing touches to it until the unveiling of our Lord Jesus Christ!” —Philippians 1:6 TPT

I would love to hear how God has been moving in this area of your lives! Please leave a comment about your undoing process and how God is moving within it.

 

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33 Comments

  1. My husband kicked me out (I also have our 2 little kids) 3 months ago. He blamed me for all the wrong I did in our 9 years together. (I accept my part but am confused because I have been dealing with it, discovering my self worth and identity in Christ. He has been witnessing it and will even say I’ve positively changed.) My husband is a teachers and (had) a pastorship role which he stepped out of after ‘removing’ me. I had been spending 3 years in trying to wake him up to the fact he was involved in an emotional affair. We even renewed our vows a year ago where I thought we had forgiven, we were going boldly ahead in our faith, he had left her behind…but and instead this is where we are now. He finally gave in to couples therapy, now he wants me (us) to move back. The therapist wants us to move back because she says in order to see it work we have to make it work under the same roof. I love him, I want to be with him but I don’t trust him…what if he does it again, what if he takes the kids away next time? I don’t need him, I need God. God is who has helped me through this and I would not have managed otherwise. My unwinding confuses me because I feel like I’m trusting God to work within him. I feel uncertain of what God wants to do within me. It drive me crazy to the point that I don’t want to think and feel.

    • Hello. Thanks for sharing. I love your hope, its amazing. I feel like God is telling you not to worry. Just dont worry, he has already caused everything to work for our (your) good from the beginning of time. The bible says All things work( not all things are working). It’s a final and decided thing. Your story ends in an amazing way, it ends in joy and praise and He will be glorified.

  2. “Process is for your progress.” SO GOOD. Thank you so much for being vulnerable, stepping out in faith and sharing with us. Such an amazing encouragement and so needed.

  3. Sarra Herring

    Brooke!!! You are so incredible. Isn’t that a crazy comparison, the rearranging of your room? We so often forget to see the similarities in our every day life. The undoing takes so much longer than the putting back together. I’m thankful that God is quick and wastes no time, and I’m thankful for you speaking into this. xo

    • Brooke Herzog

      Sarra!!! Amen. Sometimes it feels like God takes forever to move swiftly…but when He does move – it is swift! Love you.

  4. Katie Ortiz

    Thanks for sharing! Recently I have been going through a lot of overwhelming events this summer. My father is hospitalized, I got into a recent car accident that declared the car to be a total lost, I have a practicum for college, I have family members visiting my parents, and I also have to take therapy because of the accident. After listening to a sermon from Dino Rizzo, I figured out that I have to look at God’s vantage point. As a revelation, watching this video and reading the blog I figured out how this season He is working in me by learning to trust, and be a change for others. He is using me as His tool in order to demonstrate that through it all, He is faithful.

    • Brooke Herzog

      Hey Katie! I am so glad this post encouraged you. You are right, He is faithful and we have to hold fast to that as we go through storms. I’ve had a couple family members in the ER this summer too! That eternal perspective changes everything. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Josh McQueen

    Wow, so helpful to read that it’s not just me! In November last year I was living in the city I’d been in for 7 years. But for some reason I felt like my life was slowly grinding to a halt and God was in it. I felt less and less able to do the things of normal life and was eventually sleeping on the floor of my bedroom and not eating breakfast. Then one morning I woke up and instead of going to work walked to a friend’s house and asked them to drive me over 3 hours to the city where I grew up.

    Since then I have been living with my parents and God continues to unpick some of the tangled mess in my heart. Working through my relationship with my parents and learning to be close to God again in each moment. I’m so ready to rearrange and start life again! But I’m slowly learning to trust his timing – your post helped : )

    • Brooke Herzog

      Woah! Thank you for sharing, Josh. Your comment encouraged me in this season! I am excited to hear how God will continue to restore and renew the purpose He has for your life. I would encourage you to ask God to show you new facets of Him during this unique time in life. I know that He wants to take you into new levels of intimacy!

  6. Arden Bevere

    You did such an amazing job on this post Brooke!!

  7. peyton elise hamlin

    my girl, YES. wow. here i am at 1:00 am… opening Instagram… clicking on your profile + following the clicks as they take me all the way to the very end of this blog and i read the verse Phil 1:6. seconds before i was journaling about this very verse because it kept coming up in prayer + through other movements of the Holy Spirit, and i was awestruck once again by His constant longing to remind me of His promise. and then BAM, here it is again 😭

    so thank you— for sharing your heart, for speaking to me, and for being obedient all in all. your heart is so special and i love seeing all that you do for His kingdom! xoxox, Pey

    • Brooke Herzog

      Peyton! Thank you for loving so well. I LOVE how the the Holy Spirit will connect dots in everyone’s lives. We are all woven together in such incredible ways. XoXo

  8. Wow! Thank you, Brooke! I felt so caught up in the craziness of life and this video was exactly what I needed!

  9. Angelique

    That’s amazing Brooke, what a great word! 🙂 I have felt a similar pressing on my heart that the Lord wants to undo the complexity I have somehow accumulated around me… whether it be physical (tangible) or emotional. I also felt the need to simplify and re-do my bedroom! To me its like a metaphor… our bedroom is a place of rest and refreshing, where we sleep and our bodies are rejuvinated. I almost felt the Lord say it was a physical representation of a spiritual change He would do in me… as I cleaned and organised and decluttered I felt my spirit just come into a real rest contentment. Purpose in the process… thank you for sharing and encouraging!! Xx

    • Brooke Herzog

      I felt the same thing as I cleaned and rearranged my room! It was like cleaning out and rearranging my heart/mind. Thankful you were encouraged!

  10. Emily Choi

    Brooke, by sharing what you’ve been going through you’ve blessed so many people. You are the messenger of God and making it clear that undoing is a longer process than redoing has made me realize so much. We tend to rush the process of undoing because its scary and intimidating but we need to trust God and let him do what he needs to do. I thank you for your courage and I love you so much.

    • Brooke Herzog

      Emily! Love you SO much! Thank you for letting me be a “big sister” and speak into you life. God has a huge calling on your life and I am honored to watch it unfold.

  11. Emily Choi

    Just the fact that Brooke talked in it is amazing💞💞💞

  12. Julianna Bevere

    Amazing Brooke, I’m right there with you girl. The process is apart of the promise.💥

  13. Thank you for being vulnerable and sharing what God’s been doing in your life. Often times we don’t share with others what God is doing because it’s not always pleasant. In fact, sometimes it’s painful to go through a process that involves the exposure of our hearts. However, I’m so thankful for the journey and process God has me in. Like you, I too I’m going through a process of becoming undone in order to become more like Him so I am fully mature and equipped for His plans and purposes for my life. Thank you again for sharing!

    • Brooke Herzog

      Amen, Crystal! It is scary to be vulnerable in a culture that elevates it’s own definition of perfection above being authentic, but THANK you for being vulnerable right back! You already have the key to the process: thankfulness and patient endurance. Keep on keeping on!

  14. Brooks, wow, thank you so much for sharing this and for your curage to do so while you’re still in the process!
    God has for a while challenged me about giving myself completely to Him, something I honestly thought I did a long time ago. But these last couple of weeks He has in his love and truth shown me that I haven’t really dared to let go and let Him do exactly what He wants in and through me. He has also shown me how much I actually care about what other people think of me. And that I really do sometimes ignorera His voice and want to do things my way. The truth is not always pretty is it? Anyway, that’s were we are now. He is, in His GREAT patience and love, over and over encouraging me to let go. To trust Him completely. To die from the fear of what other people may or may not think, to actually die from myself, to completely live for Him. He is beautiful. But it is still hard, crazy hard sometimes, but I somehow also know it will be worth it. That all this dying in fact will give me more freedom to live with and for Him. But yes, this is also a process and I know He isn’t done with me yet (*gulp*). I will keep on dying for a while over here, and it makes me both nervous and excited!
    That’s it, thanks again for what you shared and God bless you!

    • Brooke Herzog

      Hey Hanna! Wow – LOVED reading this! You are right when you say that the truth isn’t always pretty, but it is always freeing. And when we are willing to wait and patiently endure, it isn’t always pretty…most of it feels like a mess haha but it just reminds us that we are not meant to feel like we are in control. There is SO much beauty knowing that He isn’t done with us yet! I also want to remind you that right before Jesus went into ministry (after being baptized) He went straight into the wilderness to be tested and tempted by the devil…so GIRL the enemy’s opposition is evidence of your power for the Kingdom! Stay strong! We are right there with you.

      • Such an encouraging reply Brooke! And thank you for the Biblepassage, I will really carry it with me.
        Yeah about that, having patience when it feels like a mess. I’ve always had a hard time with being patient, asked God so many times to “please give me more patience, and right now would be great” haha.. But I’ve come to realize that the more I know Him, the more I trust Him, and the easier (read less hard) it gets to wait for Him to do what He wants to, when and how He wants to do it. He is SO good. And I felt that your video just breathes so much of that trust and faith in God, it is countagious, in a really good way! (Not sure I used the correct words in English there, hence the clarification haha)
        You guys are awesome, thank you for the support!

  15. Hey by the way a song that has REALLY blessed me through this season is “Do It Again “ by Elevation Worship or Kristene Dimarco sings it also on you tube. Here’s a link:
    https://youtu.be/c–TCjHR01M

  16. Hi Brooke!
    Thanks SO much for sharing! I feel exactly in the same spot. God has been taking away all confidences I have in people and making me desperate to find out for myself what HE says and not what so and so says! Of just leaning wholly on His Word and I’m so THANKFUL for it because He is establishing me on Him and not on people! Amen? Hallelujah! 😂 I’m praying for you!
    Ashley

    “Don’t you realize that grace frees you to choose your own master? But choose carefully, for you surrender yourself to become a servant—bound to the one you choose to obey. If you choose to love sin, it will become your master, and it will own you and reward you with death. But if you choose to love and obey God, he will lead you into perfect righteousness.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭6:16‬ ‭TPT‬‬
    http://bible.com/1849/rom.6.16.tpt

    • Brooke Herzog

      Amen and hallelujah, Ashley! Praying for you too – we are all
      in this thing together 🙂

  17. So needed to hear this!! Thanks for sharing Brooke!! I also feel like I am in a season of being undone, and I have been trying to fight the hard things and rush the process rather than let God do what he needs to. I have been feeling like I need to start letting God do what he needs to and be ok with life being hard and messy, while he is rearranging my life! Your post was such an encouragement and confirmation!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Brooke Herzog

      Aleesha! I’m so glad that this spoke to you. What I love about that hard and messy process is that in it all He gives us crazy peace and hope. I want to encourage you to seek those promises with patient endurance. There is PEACE in the mess and GRACE for the hard stuff.

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