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Even in all my struggles, my toil, my pain, and my loss, I remember the Lord and what He has done for me. I see my trials as a way to develop my gifts and my strengths are made new with each dawning day. Afflictions are only meant to bring light into the darkness. Faith is measured by our willingness to pray and seek God’s face in the midst of trials! If not for the pain, where would be the pleasure?

life1Job 10:12 – You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit.

I am responsible for the wrongs I suffer. Everything is a choice. There are always things out of our control, but a decision must be made as how to handle situations. If I choose to stay the victim, everyone else gets the blame, and God is left out of the picture completely. It’s the beginning of a death spiral.

life2Satan wants us stuck because he knows if we face the truth about ourselves and how God sees us, the truth will set us free. I don’t want to be stuck anymore in that cycle of despair. I want the TRUTH! Even if it’s painful at the moment, JOY always comes in the morning!!! I need to keep my eyes on God and not the problem! Aren’t you tired of making excuses for wrong actions? God gave us LIFE and showed US kindness! We are here for only a short while so we MUST make the very best of this life He has given us. We are not here by accident. When we struggle against the forces of this dark world, we must remember that Jesus suffered too for our iniquities. Remember the Lord when you are choosing to give credit to your suffering and remember His sacrifice for YOU and your LIFE!

life3You can read Job 9-12 about Job and his friends at www.biblegateway.com.. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Job

To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from:

James 1:2-4 – Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

We are not to PRETEND to be happy when we are facing trials, but we ARE to have a positive outlook on everything. Every trial is an opportunity to learn and grow closer to Christ who suffered for us all!

Related Scriptures:  John 8:32; 1 Peter 1:6; Romans 8:2