Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Just some thoughts.

Life is not so much about 'what' you go through but more about 'how' you go through it. I will sadly admit that I have gone through a lot just kicking and screaming along the way. But, I can also say that I've gone through quite a bit with my eyes on Jesus, resting in His peace. And believe me... what a difference it makes. It's kind of like a tornado. I can get caught up in circumstances and be swirling around frantically, or I can take hold of Jesus and keep Him at the center of my life, and realize that the storm is just 'around' me... and I'm not a part of it. I've had quite the week last week... truth be told it's really been quite a year. I've had so many ups-and-downs, liike all at once and sometimes constantly. Oh, but what a difference it makes when I'm walking with God. The sweet smell of victory is in the air... not the stench of defeat that I get used to dwelling in when I try going my own way. I read somewhere that when you're walking through hell, you don't stop and take a seat. But isn't that what were used to doing? We lose the momentum to save ourselves and would rather sit and grieve over what's going on in our lives. Sit and look around at our 'scenery' - our circumstances. It's when we do that, that we truly become the victim. I've finally realized that the hard stuff in life is just 'scenery'. My circumstances are not happening 'to' me... it's just something I'm going through, or walking through. It's like I'm on a stroll. If I'm smart... I'll walk with Jesus and keep Him by my side. He promises to carry me when I can no longer make it on my own. Isn't that amazing? I'm so thankful that God is faithful... even when I am not. The Bible says that if we falter in times of trouble, how small is our strength. It says the joy of the Lord is my strength. And... it says there is joy in the presence of the Lord. So, if we are spending time is His presence we have his joy - which is our strength - which is what we need in times of trouble. If only I could remember this...

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