Challenges

 

 

I have had some challenging times and life being what it is I expect more challenges. In life, there are always challenges. One cannot escape the probability of challenges, we all have and will face any number of challenges and difficulties. Those challenges may be due to financial problems, job changes, marital, loss of family members due to death, health difficulties, difficulties with home repairs, automobile repairs, temptations, problems with completing school work or hard tests to take. There is always some sort of difficulty around the corner waiting for us. Some, so overwhelming that one cannot see how they could get past them, how they will be able to afford the cost, whether financial, emotional or physical. Facing challenges has costs that cannot be avoided. If facing a huge bill that they don’t have the money to pay. They see a pending loss of a loved one that they do not see any way they will be able to cope without that person in their life. I remember watching my parents as they slipped away from me. Praise the Lord, they are with Him now, but I faced those losses with such an emptiness that I could never have imagined being possible. There are some challenges that are smaller, less difficult to face and others so overwhelming that a way to overcome them is beyond the grasp of ones mind.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear [it].                   1 Corinthians 10:13

After facing all manner of challenges in my life, before and after my salvation, but since my salvation I find that even the difficult challenges are easier, the hard times less so. Praying to help me see how He would have me react in those times, to see what path He wants me to take and of course, letting Christ carry my burdens for me.

28 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 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.  Matthew 11:28-29

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  Philippians 4:6

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.  Philippians 4:13

So. As I face new challenges in life, because life is full of challenges some worse than others, sometimes more frequent but I will face more challenges. I have His strength to help me be strong. I have Christ to bear my burdens. I have a Lord that loves and protects me in difficult times.

 

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle [you].  1 Peter 5:10

 

I will lean on Him in the challenges; seek His counsel when confused; ask or His comfort when dealing with troubling situations.

 

Lord, Praise You in all Your Glory. I thank You for the comfort You give in troubled times, for the strength to stay the course when I am facing struggles to continue on the course You have laid before me. I know that I will never be at a point that challenges do not come my way but I thank You for being there to help me through those times. I ask in the name of Jesus that others facing challenges, facing big decisions or difficult times, currently or in the future, be given the grace You have shown me and that You speak to their hearts and minds that they know that You are with them and give them guidance and understanding of their individual paths so they know what they need to do. Show them Your will in their lives and give them the peace when You speak to them so that they have the comfort only You can give. Thank You Lord for my salvation through the sacrifice of Your Son Christ.

Amen

Well, its cold in the Midwest and hopefully will warm up soon. I hope all have a blessed day and are able to be a blessing to someone else.

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It’s a Beautiful Day

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Well, here I sit sipping my coffee and looking out the front window. It’s still dark but the ground is snow covered so I can see a little bit out there. And, I hear the wind blowing given the wind and the snow I know it’s cold and then I foolishly looked at the little weather station and see that it’s 29 degrees F, wind is blowing at 15 mph and the wind chill is 19 degrees F. Cold…..its been colder but its still cold. I don’t like the cold. In fact, I greatly DISLIKE cold weather. Oh, I dress for it and go about my business, but I don’t like it. But, still, it’s a beautiful day.

It’s early, I am not fully awake so I am still tired and I work today, a 10 hour shift and I am not looking forward to it since I know there will be things I have to do and people that I deal with at times can be difficult so I am not at all thrilled about it, particularly when I have worked several days in a row. But, still, it’s a beautiful day.

I know that there will be challenges today. Who doesn’t have some challenges as they go about their days? Some small challenges and others, huge and extremely difficult challenges. But, still it’s a beautiful day.

AND…..after all I say, it would be easy to think and say: It’s a horrible day today. But, no matter the weather, no matter if I am tired, no matter if there will be challenges, no matter what the weather and work throw at me. It’s a beautiful day!

I say that because no matter how cold or difficult my day may be I have all the hope and strength I need by my side. I have a Friend, Master, Savior and Lord who will make my day better. I at times do like many and choose to look at the negative aspects of the upcoming day and various circumstances I face during the day but I am working on my attitude. I am trying, and doing much better than I did without Christ in my life, to adapt Paul’s approach of being happy no matter what, in the good times and the bad times, during feast or famine, learning to have joy no matter what and all that is because of Christ with me.

11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

Philippians 4:11-12

 

So, I seek to learn to think that way, to know that I should be content. I know that whether things are good or bad, they could always be worse. I know that as long as I continue to seek Christ, then no matter how bad things may seem at times, it is all good.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

If I remember to seek God first, then He will give me what I need and more.

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19

God will take care of me; He will meet my needs. God may not give me all my wants, but He will take care of my needs, physical yes, but more importantly my spiritual needs. God will bless me and no matter how bad things are, I will be content. He gives me a peace and joy that no matter how they try, people, the world, can’t steal that from me.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

So, I work on learning to trust the Lord and to lean on Jesus, and not myself, for strength, joy and understanding. And, because of that, I say no matter the temperature, the weather or difficulties facing me today. It is a beautiful day!

Lord, I praise Your Holy Name and thank You for making everyday beautiful in its own way and for helping me better see that regardless of the challenges and hardships I face, whether spiritual, physical, financial or in any other way, that YOU make all things better and will see me through those times. You will take care of my needs, You will set me free of the difficulties. Lord, I ask in the name of Jesus that You continue to teach me these important lessons and help me remember what You teach me as I struggle through my days. That keeping You as my focus will make all things better or me and for others and will give You the glory as You help make me a better light to the world. I ask that You draw my loved ones to You and show them all that You are the way, the truth and the light and that without You all days are bad but with You all days are beautiful. Please draw my children, me and all others to You that we may all spend eternity with You.

Amen

 

I hope that what ever comes your way today that God helps you through whatever issues you are facing and that you have a blessed day. Try to be a blessing to someone else as well. Thank you so much for your visit here today.