Life’s lessons

No matter what we face in this life we need to either pray for deliverance or pray in thanksgiving and most times both. Life at times can be going smoothly or can be very difficult in the challenges facing us daily. Whether the challenges are small or large we should conduct ourselves with the decorum fit a child of God, awaiting His Kingdom.

His will will be done. In reflecting His character, His demeanor we find ourselves not thinking so much on ourselves but on Him and what He would want us to do. In prayer we confess what we’re going through, getting it out of our system, clearing our mind to think rationally and with His help overcome our problems, our fears. Our yoke will be easier to bear when we lay it all on the table in front of Him. He cares.

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Mat. 11:29, 30 )

The Lord’s prayer we pray includes the verse,Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Mat.6:10) His will on earth is for us to love Him as much as He loves us.  His will in us, His Spirit in us will guide us through any difficulty. He’s our first priority, talking to Him when we first open our eyes, talking of our hope for the day, of our misgivings, asking for His help in whatever is bothering us, and giving our gratitude for the day and all it brings. In doing so the day is met with assurance no matter what materializes, one is able to cope with the situation at hand. God’s peace, support and trust is in our hearts. The key is not to lose faith. The hope that God is in control and as a child of God He’s always there, listening, helping. Ending the day in the same manner gives us the confidence to face a new day.

Life’s lessons are just that, lessons to grow from. In good times we celebrate the richness of the happy times, the accomplishments, success, good works we have done. And in the not so good times instead of wailing in the negative, we pick ourselves up, deciding to overcome this negative force with positive thinking, with prayer, with hope. His help is always there and together we celebrate the good times and shake the bad, the hurt, the pain aside and move on. We might be down for the moment but not for eternity, unless we let it control us instead of us with the Lord’s help, controlling it. We cannot do it alone, everyone needs help at one time or another, sometimes the pain is so overwhelming only through His grace do we find peace, only through helping others do we find solace.

What does it benefit us to stay in a defeated state, what benefit do we get to remain in our weakness or our enrage state of mind? nothing, we gain nothing but misery, in body and spirit. This is not a phase God wants us to be in. Eternity is calling, where there will be no more pain, tears, or misery. Focusing our energy on the good, on doing for others we forget our own troubles and move onward. Doing just the opposite causes further self degradation and pain. It’s not worth the time to wallow in sorrow but learn to trust God to help you find a way out of it.

Pain in its varies forms comes to all of us, no one is immune from its clutches. How we handle it makes us grow stronger or conquers us. The choice is ours. Our hope in Christ is our stronghold, is our medicine, our guide to see our pain in a new light, through our suffering we find ourselves getting right with the author of our lives or we should. A lesson that sometimes we need in order to realize who is actually in control. Through our suffering we find strength only He can give us. God doesn’t like seeing us hurt. Its not Him who causes the pain. God sees the whole picture not just a smitten of time and although we might not understand why we’re going through what we’re going through at the moment, He knows why. And together we overcome the negative, we figure out the whys and find solutions and peace. Our faith should not waver, but stay strong because ‘all thing comes together for our good’.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose. (Rom.8:28)

There is a higher purpose, a higher calling in each of us, our job is to figure it out with His help, calling on Him in good times and in not so good times. Reflecting and imitating His Son. Jesus is our way, truth and life. Together we not only meet the challenges facing us but feel a calmness that things will get better in the long run.

Let’s focus our energy on God’s kingdom and doing everything we can to be good citizens. In doing good for others we forget our own sufferings, anguish, distress and pay it forward to someone who needs it. Thereby healing ourselves spiritually by helping others and making them feel a little better in the process as well. Our life should reflect the love God has for us. Life is too precious to be in a negative state of mind. Look at the birds in the skies God takes care of them, how much more are we in His heart…

In this world we will have pain, BUT Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection shows us there’s more than this temporary place. By keeping Him first in our lives in everything we do. Our life will improve according to His will. Life is a lesson to be learned in all its ups and downs, it should make us stronger, not defeat us. Keep the faith that where He is we shall be as well. And that is something you can count on and look forward to!  Maranatha!

May the Good Lord be with us all as we face the challenges now and the one’s ahead of us. May He give us the strength needed to meet it head on with His Spirit in us. May we not feel downtrodden but energized to do His will. In Jesus’ Holy Name, I pray. Amen.

Stay in His peace. Stay in His love. Never giving up on HOPE!

God bless.

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