Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Blessing of Hardship


     
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4   

Our season of hardship continues and grows. To add to the stress my husband has officially stopped working due to his health. Life was a struggle on one income, now with 6 children and no income, it's getting a little unsettling. It seems we've been left with no way out, no options but for me to find work. Sink or get off the boat.
But what if you believe God had you build the boat, that He called you to and promised you that boat and that His word confirms that this is true? How long do you stand on that sinking ship, and is it really even sinking? If you jump off will you miss the blessing or the miracle that God has in store for you? And are you missing the blessings now by focusing on your hardships instead?
For today, I'm standing firm on the possibly sinking ship and I choose to do something else instead of jump...count my blessings.


Blessings
  • Having Jesus as a best friend
  • The Bible
  • There has been an odd peace during this entire season of hardship and I thank anyone who has been praying for that for us in this time, I truly believe it is because of answered prayer.
  • Having a Women's Bible Study during it all about counting blessings. It was a wonderful affirmation for us.
  • A husband who, though his health is not all it should be, is continuing to try and do his best.
  • Time with my husband that we normally wouldn't have at this time of year.
  • Six beautiful little blessings
  • Finding a beautiful home to rent right on our Church grounds.
  • Two of the most amazing pets you'll ever know. (Everyone who's ever met our pets fall in love with them)
  • Advice and encouragement from people who understand our desire to live fully for God and who put God first in their words to us and are not ruled by the fears of the world.
  • Every blog I've ever read by women who have the same values and beliefs. God has used you to pull us through many hard times and decisions when everyone around us has been telling us to turn to our own means and understanding in all things. Thank you for being a light when the world around has seemed so dark.
  • A garden
  • A van
  • My dad finding us free cute wooden chairs to replace our metal folding ones. (What can I say, I'm a girl, cute things make me happy.)
  • Family and a Church Family. Regardless of our differences in beliefs we are still loved by them the best way they know how.
  • Books
  • Hardships that change and grow you.
  • Relearning once again the difference between needs and wants
  • Life
  • Relationships
  • Love
  • Time
  • Songs like this

So count your blessings dear friend, and remember, the boat may not be sinking after all!

2 comments:

  1. I like your blog. It is encouraging, and honest. I am also a child of God, and Jesus is my very best friend. Our family had been through so many hardships over the past two years that we have hardly been able to take a breath between the waves. However, the blessings are many, and there has been so much growth in our family that only God can get the glory for because it really is nothing short of miraculous. We are still sinners, still fall so short ...but we are learning to be more like the people He created us to be every day. I had to smile at your comments on simplicity...as my children and I were just cleaning out our closets the other day. We realized that one of the things driving us crazy was taking care of all the "stuff" that we have. And we don't even have half of what most people do, but that isn't what matters. What matters is living as simply as WE need to in order to accomplish what God would have us do in OUR lives, and being at peace. Harried living is not for us. Thank you for your boldness, honesty, and words of encouragement.

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