Tuesday, March 9, 2010

How Do You Respond to Life's Trials?

     I was sitting here pondering with the Lord what I was to write. I have several things on my list but could not get a peace that any of them was what I was to write on. I had a strong headache again today and I fell into my bed the second I walked in the door from work and got up around 7:00 p.m. My head is feeling much better but I am still in a fog, so I am not thinking very clear. Okay, I am saying more than usual! LOL! As I was asking God to reveal to me what I am to write, I get a beep on my computer and I read what Mrs. T wrote on the comment section of today’s devotion. After reading it, I set here in awe of her testimony. I know she could have shared so much more about the hurts of those situations but that is not her style. What she didn’t tell you is that she struggles with health issues herself and yet, I never hear her complain. She always encourages me with her smile and she has a way of making me feel very special. I have been touched by her spirit and feel blessed that our lives have crossed. I have also been moved by her daughter’s spirit. She is an adult woman who has what some would call handicaps. She has missing limbs; both arms and a leg, but she can out work me any day. Her spirit of service, love, determination, joy, and kindness is very humbling to me. I pray I can be as giving and grateful in this life as she is! However, it was not until reading Mrs. T’s comments that I realized that she got her attitude from her mother. I pray that both of their spirits rub off on me! (Stop and read Mrs. T’s comments from Monday’s devotion)
       Why is it that some become bitter and angry when life seems unfair and others embrace it and let it make them more Godly? I should feel ashamed for the times I complain about what happens along the path God has chosen for me to travel. How can I not trust Him for my trials and tribulations of this life if I trust Him for my eternal life? Can I trust His love for one and not the other? Thank you Mrs. T for your example…God bless you!

Moreover, let us also be full of joy now! Let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance. And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character approved faith and tried integrity (approved faith and tried integrity). And character of the sort produces the habit of joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation. Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.

Romans 6: 3-5 (Amplified Bible)

1 comment:

Steph said...

I remember Dwayne preaching not to long ago on Why do bad things happen to good people? He said (these are not his exact words) that we need to remember that God is in control and he has a plan. We may not understand now or maybe never but that we have to trust Him. So when things happen that seem bad I just remember that and pray. My mom says that prayer is the best medicine no matter the problem.