Who are you in the trials?

Who are you in the trials?

Trails always reveal to me who I am and how much more I need Christ. Some trials are enormous spiritual battles, and others are everyday moments demanding that my flesh dies, (I guess that’s a pretty big spiritual battle too.)  In trials, I am reminded of John 16:33

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., Jn 16:33). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

Yesterday, the family sat after Bible study discussing some of the Truths we had just read.

As it often happens in our home, Bible study ended, and a family meeting/conversation began. One of the children commented on making sure to resist pride when they have success. They shared how they picture themselves successful and how they purpose to respond to those situations.

 

Then, I asked… “Who are you in the trial?”

The room became quiet, and everyone thought for a moment. I continued, “We can often picture ourselves having success. What we would do with a million dollars, what we would do if this business deal works out, or if this move takes place, but do we ever picture who we want to be in the trial?”

Trials can take us by surprise. We are wise to consider our response in advance, so we are purposeful in the decisions we make and words we choose to speak. Consider who you want to be when financial, health, family or any other trials happen. Will you whine, complain, get angry at God? Or will you decide ahead of time to say like Paul,

Philippians 4:11

“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things, I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

Salvation does not grant us a free pass from trials instead it offers us an eternal Hope in the midst trials.

There are two things for sure in the Christian life: Sin and Affliction. There will be troubles. Salvation does not grant us a free pass from trials instead it offers us an eternal Hope in the midst trials. How many times, have I cried out for the Lord to lead me to green pastures, to make me rest, and to anoint my head in the presence of…

Who do the Scriptures tell us are standing by watching?

Our enemy!!!

Even in green pastures, even in places where He leads, our enemy is standing by watching, waiting, ready, just as a lion to attack. Who will you be when the enemy decides to make his move?

1 Peter 5:8 

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

Now is the time for each of us to decide who we will be in the times of trial.

Who will I become in the Trials?

I had a dream some time ago. Suddenly standing before the Lord, I didn’t see him or anything else for that matter. Everything was light, but I knew I was standing before the Lord. With bewilderment and surprise, I said, “Is that it? is it over?” I didn’t hear Him reply, but I knew His answer was, yes. With a deep sigh, I replied, “Lord there’s still so much I didn’t get done. I would try to accomplish something, and then a trial would arise.” His reply woke me from my sleep, “The trials made you love me more.” I knew He was right. Had it not been for the trials I would have fallen in love with this world.

DISCOVER 5 ESSENTIAL WAYS TO OVERCOME TRIALS!

Discover 5 Essential Ways to overcome trials.

  1. Study the Scriptures for heroes of old who have given us an account of their trials and how they responded. Lor for similarities, list the negatives as warning signs and the positives as guides.
  2. Write your discoveries in your journal under a page titled, “How to Navigate the Trials.”
  3. Pray. Ask the Lord to strengthen you in your weakness, reveal areas of growth, and give you the courage, tenacity, and peace through the process.
  4. Connect with others. Finding a group of women to support you through the trials before they arise is always helpful, but it’s never too late. Get plugged in with ladies who want to pray for you and encourage your success. If you need help, email me and I’d love to connect you with others.
  5. Encourage and help someone else who’s in the midst of a trial. One of the best ways I’ve found my way out from under the pressure of the trial was in helping someone else. When I focus on my trials, they grow larger, however, when I focus on helping others somehow my trials seem dim.
  6. Trials cannot be an excuse for us to not accomplish what God has set before us. Yes, it’s challenging; life is not comfortable. However, if we’re intentional and thoughtful before the trial we can navigate them more successfully.

 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, “When Christ calls a man He bids him come and die.”  

I pray that God will show Himself strong in my weakness; I pray for the courage to crucify my flesh, the same flesh that will fight against that death. Finally, I pray that I will be a vessel who brings Him eternal glory instead of seeking my temporal comfort.

If the thought of trials brings us, anxiety let us consider this beautiful reminder from Robert Hall:

“If your mind is overcharged or overwhelmed with trouble and anxiety, go into the presence of God. Spread your case before Him. Though He knows the desires of your hearts, yet He has declared He “will be sought after;” He will be “inquired to do it for you.” Go, therefore, into the presence of that God who will at once tranquilize your spirit, give you what you wish, or make you more happy without it, and who will be your everlasting consolation, if you trust in Him. He will breathe peace into your soul, and command tranquillity in the midst of the greatest storms. How much are they to be pitied who never pray.”

Fixing Our Eyes On Eternity

Let us not look for our treasure, comfort, or a life free of trials here on this earth. Instead, let us set our eyes on eternity, take up our cross, and follow Him!

Who are you in the trials? Life has plenty of them to help us answer this question.

Until our next chat,

Mrs. Joseph Wood

P.S. If you’ve not read our devotion in Proverbs, go read it today. The Apple of God’s Eye: Proverbs 7: 1-2 

Proverbs 7: 1-2

Proverbs 7: 1-2

Proverbs 7: 1-2 reminds us that we are wise to perform life checks when we ask ourselves, “Is His Law the apple of our eye?”

It is so easy to get caught up in the busy of life, to become completely enveloped in the news around us that we forget to focus. Focus our hearts, minds, and thoughts on His Law and His will for us!

With much love,

Mrs. Joseph Wood

 

His Law; is it the apple of your eye?

Proverbs 7: 1-2 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.

The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., Pr 7). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

“Keep my commandments, and live”; we hear this encouragement many times throughout Proverbs. It is a common way to emphasize something of importance when we say it more than once. This passage caught my attention on the last phrase “and my law as the apple of thine eye.”  Many understand the phrase, but I decided to do a study on the phrase to find out more what our LORD was saying to us through this passage.

His Law; is it the apple of your eye_

God Cares For His People

From the beginning of Genesis to the End of Revelations we see God’s care for His people.

The beauty of this passage in Proverbs 7 points us to another attribute of God’s love for us. Not only is He a sovereign God who is the creator of all, but He is the God that even reveals himself in our natural reflexes. Zechariah 2:8 explains that God is a protector and no one touches us without his protection. God made the eye of man another example of His wondrous creation to show us how, when we put our trust in him; we are protected by God as we would guard the very pupil of our eye. (See Psalms 139:1-17 for further understanding of his care toward his people).

proverbs 7:1-2

Prayer: Father, please keep us as the apple of your eye; hide us under the shadow of your wings. Lord, Thank you that we cannot go out of your sight that you are always seeing, always knowing and we are always your concern.  We thank you for your love toward us, so much that you gave us your Son so that we could dwell with you for eternity.  Thank you for cleansing us from sin and redeeming us for sins wage of death. Father, thank you that you continually watch over us.  In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

Abiding still,

Connie Renfro

P.S. You’re invited to download our Proverbs 7: 1-2 journal page that we created just for you!

P.S.S. If you’re going through a trial, make sure you head over and read our post, “Who are you in the trials?” I know you’ll be blessed.

Proverbs Journal Page

 

21 Day Anti-Anxiety Challenge

21 Day Anti-Anxiety Challenge

Our 21-day anti-anxiety challenge is not only fun but timely. According to NBC news anxiety in women is on the rise. Keep reading for my favorite sugar cookie scrub, perfect for today’s bubble bath challenge. The Scriptures give us a lot of direction for anxiety. If you would like me to host a series about this topic, let me know. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Okay, so are you excited about today’s challenge?

I know I am.

I’ve enjoyed the conversations from each of you participating. If you’ve not been able to join us, don’t worry, there’s still time! Start today.

Today’s 21-day anti-anxiety challenge: Take a Bubble Bath.

I bet we have three different response to this challenge.

  1. Laughter. You’ve not had time to take a bubble bath in over a decade and can’t imagine finding time today.
  2. Disgust. The thought of sitting in dirty water, or getting a UTI from toxic bubbles turns your nose up immediately.
  3. Applause.  You’ve been waiting for a reason to take a bubble bath, and now you have one.

Remember we’re all in this challenge together, so unless you have a medical concern not to take a bubble bath, let’s embrace this challenge. In fact, I’m going to share my favorite DIY sugar scrub with you.

Trust me; you’re going to want to make this.

I bet you’ll even find the ingredients sitting in your kitchen cabinets.

Are you ready for the recipe?

anti-anxiety-challenge-sugar-cookie-scrub

21-day anti-anxiety challenge body scrub recipe:

  • 1/2 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tbs of vanilla extract

That’s it.

There is no particular way to fix this.

As soon as you mix the ingredients, it’s ready to use.

It’s that simple.

Get ready to smell like you just baked a dozen sugar cookies.

Until our next chat,

Mrs. Joseph Wood

P.S. Don’t miss the note I have written titled, “Comparison: The Theif of Joy.” 

When your friend doesn’t have a child with special needs.

When your friend doesn’t have a child with special needs.

Last week we talked about how to be a friend when your friend has a special needs child. This week, I want to turn the table and encourage all of us who have friends who don’t share our same experiences. Friends or family who may not understand our child’s behavior, beeping machines, medical terminology, or crazy schedules. Grab yourself your favorite beverage and let’s talk about, how to be a friend when your friend doesn’t have a child with special needs. (more…)

When your friend has a child with special needs

When your friend has a child with special needs

I sit listening to the giggles and imagination play from across the room. My granddaughter, Miss Emmy, and Danny Boy (my youngest son who has special needs) are playing. I can hear the exchange of ideas between the two of them. As I peek around my desk, I see Emmy pick up a toy Danny dropped and hand it back to him, without skipping a beat in her conversation. Danny continues to play as well; it’s as if they both are oblivious to the inconvenience of Danny’s limitations. (more…)

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