Are My Trials Intruders Or Friends?

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 The following came from 31 Days of Prasie: Enjoying God Anew by Ruth and Warren Myers. It is part of the selection for the 18th day.

            “Father, I am so delighted that you are both loving and sovereign, and that You cause all things to work together for good to those who love You, to those who are called according to Your purpose.”

            “So I thank You for each disturbing or humbling situation in my life, for each breaking or cleansing process you are allowing, for each problem or hindrance, for each thing that triggers in me anxiety or anger or pain.”

            “And I thank You in advance for each disappointment, each demanding duty, each pressure, each interruption that may arise in the coming hours and days.”

            “In spite of what I think or feel when I get my eyes off You, I choose not to resist my trials as intruders, but to welcome them as friends.”

Ouch! I so resemble that last remark too many times.

So, this is also what I am grateful for and how I am praying for myself. And for you, my dear friends.

            I so want to resist my trials, keep my focus upon God, and maintain a good attitude of perseverance and cheer.

            I don’t want to welcome them as friends, nursing those familiar feelings of anxiety, fear, pain, etc.

Can you relate? How do you help yourself in the area of maintaining a proper, righteous focus?

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  • 1. doodah  |  . at .

    There are a couple of scriptures that I cling to:

    James 1:2-4: Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

    and

    Romans 5:3-5 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

    When I start getting discouraged by trials, I haul these babies out and read them over and over and meditate on them and pray that my heart would be molded by these truths.

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  • 2. Theresa Lindamood  |  . at .

    I love that book! My scrapbooking friend gave it to me and I have read it a couple times. I need to dig it up again and read through it…the author has amazing insight. I personally have learned more from my trials than my triumphs in life, but I still don’t find it fun! LOL I find I just have to cling to what I know to be true and He is Truth…like the verses Doodah shared. Faith comes from hearing the Word of God. I also think of the hymn “It Is Well With My Soul”.

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  • 3. susan2009  |  . at .

    Thanks, Doodah, for sharing your “victory” verses for your victory walk. Isn’t it cool how the love of God is right there with us the the midst of our trials. I also love how our trials serve a purpose.

    Theresa, this book has been so meaningful this week. I am thinking about reteat and so many of the days pertain to the retreat topic. IMHO. I agree certain songs also help me in my walk.

    Scripture is soooo comforting. Today L, your Bible teacher for the Giants study, was over here. We had time for a good long chat and after a while we started talking theology. I shared with her 60 things that happen when we become a Christian. We are thinking about doing that as a study sometime. And then we were flipping through Romans and I John reading some favorite verses. Oh, man, that just encouraged me to persevere right down to my TOES!

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  • 4. doodah!  |  . at .

    What are the favorite verses? My toes could use some encouraging right about now. 🙂

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