Saturday, May 5, 2012

Blessings and Trials

I know that I am sometimes at a loss of where to go when I am feeling as though I am trampled by trials and the blessings seem to fade around me.  Today I was reading my devotional, and I read this quote:

"In situations of suffering, it is better to focus on the future (what purpose God has) rather than the past (what the cause of suffering is)." 

Am I really suffering?  Well, in a sense, I feel as I am.  Physically.  There is so much going on, beyond my hips and it's just piling up everyday it seems.  HOWEVER, this morning, I had some time by myself, and decided to spend some time in prayer and in the Word.  I was led to many verses that just gave me so much comfort.  They reminded me that God has a reason for everything.  He had every number of hairs counted on my head, therefore knew/knows everything I am going to go through...Good and bad.  My part is to lean on Him through it! 

While I was praying, He made it apparent how many blessings have come from the trials that I have been facing.  Not just now, but in the past as well.  There are blessings all around me.  Relationships, time, achievements, awakenings, weight loss...Too much to even write down.  He also nudged my heart and let me know to let it all go before it gets this bad!  As you have read in past blogs, I have had this issue for a long time.  It is something I will have to continue to work on!  He's worth it!

This is a link to the song Blessings by Laura Story.  It touches base on what this is all about.  I hope you'll listen.  <3

Anyway, I thought I would share some of the verses that touched my heart and opened my eyes to the One I need to give thanks to...for the blessings and the trials. 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

Ecclesiastes 7:14
When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.
Philippians 4:4-7
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:2
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Job 2:10
He replied, "You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?"
2 Chronicles 15:4
But in their distress they turned to the LORD, the God of Israel, and sought him, and he was found by them.

Psalm 56:3
When I am afraid, I will trust in you.

Psalm 57:1
Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.
Psalm 23:4
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Matthew 19:26
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Isaiah 43:2
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
2 chronicles 20:12
“…We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you."
Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."

Philippians 4:13
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Isaiah 58:9
Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

John 16:33
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Isaiah 40:31
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Matthew 8:26
He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

Jeremiah 31:16
This is what the LORD says: "Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded," declares the LORD.

James 1:2-3
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
Romans 8:28
And we know that in ALL THINGS God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose

Isaiah 33:2
O LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.                 

I know that was a lot!  But believe it or not, I left over half of them out!  I hope that you have a blessed weekend and that you are able to see that somethimes Good comes through the bad...Regardless, God is with us through all of it!