Today was the original day for our “Trials Tuesday” post, but something happened. My heart and mind were filled with many thoughts and emotions. Ever been there?
My heart was a wreck. And it took some untangling, before writing could begin.
Over the years, I have learned of my inability to emotionally handle certain kinds of trials. Most of the trials I have encountered have required me to emotionally mature. With each trial, I am required to adapt and grow through the trial. Like most growing, it hurts. . .
Today, I am reminded we can control our attitudes in trials – even if we cannot control anything else. I may not be able to control how much of my week is devoted to resting. But, I can control my attitude about spending that time resting.
While resting may not be my favorite thing to do when dishes and laundry are piling up, I can celebrate the Lord God and this comfortable bed. Or, I can celebrate having online friends who love having conversations as much as I do. Or, having the ability to read my Bible or blog through the “stuff of my life” – much like I am doing now.
While there are many things I cannot control, I can control a few things such as: What I eat, if I read my Bible, and my attitude.
In James 1 and Romans 5, we are reminded about our attitude in trials. In both of these passages, we are reminded that God can work out some very amazingly good things for us – even when we are being pressed on all sides through a trial.
Dear brothers and sisters,a when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.James 1:2, New Living Translation
It can seem like the impossible. However, in our lives, we can literally fight through our trials with the joy of the Lord as our strength! We don’t have to complain or become bitter, because we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us – if we have chosen to repent and follow Jesus Christ as our Lord. With the Holy Spirit comes certain characteristics we see in God, things like self control, love, kindness, and gentleness, But, here is the key ingredient: We need this relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ!
This relationship with our Lord Jesus can be the defining moment for our attitudes. I know, it has been for me.
We need our Lord Jesus! He is absolutely essential in our lives, and as we try to learn how to live despite trials.
There is no one like our God.
Amazing things occur when our Lord Jesus becomes the foundation for our lives.
We cannot control many things, but can choose to seek our Lord Jesus Christ on a daily basis – and seek to have His attitude as we live for His glory.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. . .Romans 5:3
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