(Repost from 2/17/2012)
There have been several songs on Christian radio in the past year that
show a lot of wisdom in how we should look at the trials we go through.
"what if your healing comes through tears" - Laura Story
"I will rise. Out of these ashes, rise." - Shawn McDonald
"I find you when I fall apart." - Josh Wilson
Those are lyrics from just a few of the songs, but there are several more. What wonderful lessons we can take from adopting that perspective!
Lately, I've had trouble getting busy. It's become really easy to just
sit. (Sound familiar? I seem to go through pretty regular cycles of
I've been praying about it, and I definitely
got my answer: a trial. Something will go wrong or unexpectedly, and I
just get bogged down in worry, stress and anxiety, until I can finally
let it go.
But talk about a blessing in disguise! Walking
through this was exactly what I needed to get my spirit charged up.
Christ put me in a position where I couldn't get through it without him,
and while that was frustrating at the time, it was exactly what I
needed. I spent more time reading my Bible, praying, and worshipping.
Now, I'm in a place where I feel closer to Him than I have in months,
and all because He knew what I needed was not the same as what I
It is so easy to fall out of the good habits we set for
ourselves, and take on bad ones. Sometimes what we need is a trial to
get us back on track.
Lord, I'm thankful. I'm thankful for the
salvation You have provided, for my family and friends, for my job, and
all the other coutless blessings You have sent my way. And I'm thankful
for the tests and trials, even though I don't feel that way at the time,
that You have used to get me back on track. Lord, align my will to
Yours, and help me to keep the good habits You have shown me through
this. If I start to slip, help me to realize it without delay, that I
would be able to stand firm in You.
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