Monday, January 10, 2011

Stumbling Blocks

"though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand." (Psalm 37:24)

       2nd post in a day? Unheard of ;)

       I've been thinking a lot about trials in our lives. I've been hurt a lot and sometimes I dwell on the pain. We need to accept healing from God.

       When we come across a huge stone in our path, we can either use it as a as a stumbling block,  a sitting place, or we can use it as a stepping stone to become a stronger person who is more equipped to serve God and others.
       So let's break this down:
1)   When we come across big changes in our lives, sometimes we become so wounded that it affects us forever. We don't want to move on. In fact, sometimes we REFUSE to move on, as we bathe ourselves in our own self-pity. Horrible, isn't it? Yet it's what we do. We blame those who hurt us as the reason for our problems. Yet it is we, not them, who make the decision not to move on. We have to learn to forgive and move on. Maybe I'll save a post on forgiveness for later. ;) I've learned so much about forgiveness. Ahhh how great it is to forgive, to be set free from the bondage of unforgiveness.
2)  Sitting place? Hmmm... Well...Sometimes when we go through tough times, we are so set back by the shock that we just sit and never seem to wake up. We wonder why and HOW it could have happened. Why did God let this happen? Why wasn't He stopping this? Ohhh, how He cried with you. He hurts when you hurt and laughs when you laugh. We can choose to sit and never move on or we can jump up and allow God to bring healing.
3) This is an amazing point in our life when we come to realize the importance of forgiveness and moving on. He can truly use a person who has been through numerous trials. People tend to listen to those who have lived through the pain they're going through themselves. When we allow God to bring healing to us, we will be renewed and strengthened. We can use our hurts and trials as a stepping stone to achieve awesome and wonderful ministries God has prepared for us.

       "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."

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