For example, when I went through poverty. It was really hard not being able to go to the store and buy things I wanted, or even a new pair of clothes. To reach for something I liked alot at the grocery store. I had to learn to budget more and be careful to watch where my money went. You see, in the end, it was a lesson to be learned. My children, who before, never truly tasted it, learned that money did not grow on trees.
Learned to be thankful more for what they had...and also we learned to lift each other up. It was through this hard trial, that I learned to simply be. To trust God in each day. Sure, I worried..ALOT about where the money would come from to pay my bills and get groceries, but I still found peace in the moment just knowing, in the end, God would take care of me. His promises each day that I found in His word gave me strength to keep going. Keep trusting. I found joy in the lessons I learned in that moment. Lessons to grow from. Am I finished? Hardly. I still struggle quite a bit with learning to just "be". I want to either push forward or run far away from my problem. To make it happen or just quit before it got too hard. Thats hardly what its like to be a Christian. To be a follower of Christ takes time. To become the person God has designed us to be is a slow process with much painful lessons to endure. Trust me..I know this. Patience is hard. To find pure joy even in hardship is only through having the pure love of Christ in your heart. So today, my challenge for you and me, is to just be in the moment. To trust each step that God may lead you in. To, instead of jumping to conclusions with someone or something...to just be for a moment. To let God lead. Change your focus of sadness to happiness. To the deep foundation of joy that loving God will bring you. Feeling like you are in a trial? Think about the lesson you could learn from it. When you can focus on that, things will be not so bad. Try hard to look to what you can learn instead of concentrating of how bad life is.
Remember, God has it ALL under control
"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. "