Thursday, May 31, 2012

trials taught me...

I've found that being in a trial is the best classroom. And like a classroom I don't always see all that I've learned till after the fact. Looking back I've been amazed at the many lessons learned and how close I've grown in my relationship with God. Those are the times my faith is most raw and real. It's no longer a theory, but fact. It's in the trial that I know the bible is true. I see all the promises God's given me come to life. 

These are a few of the lessons I've learned (and are continually learning.) They are my foundation when suffering. I thought I'd share some of what I've learned as an encouragment and a reminder to myself.

The battle is won or lost in my mind. I've never had to control my thoughts more then in the midst of suffering. Every thought taken captive. Walking every step in the Spirit. I've learned to be very conscience of what I put into my mind. I listen to sermons, worship music, and stay in constant prayer.

Verse after verse talks about trials producing steadfastness. This must be what God wants from us, to remain steadfast as we wait upon Him. It causes me to think about what love is. Love is patient. Do I love the Lord by patiently waiting on his timing or do I anxiously just get through until the trial is over. 

Looking for ways to serve others is one of the best ways I've found to work through hard times. Even if I'm sick I make lists of people to pray for, write letters to, or call and encourage. Keeping the focus off of me.

Even in the middle of the hardest trial there are blessings. I make lists of all I have to be thankful for. I also keep a journal of the times I've seen God's faithfullness and I read through it. Recalling to mind the Character of God. He has never left me or forsaken me. 

Every hero of the faith God's taken through trials. Christ himself suffered more than anyone when he paid the price for our sin. Why would I think I'm any different? Why would I expect to go through life untouched? Trials are the refining fire of our faith. I'm truly thankful for every one I've walked through.

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
1 Peter 5:10


Summer said...

thank you for posting these inspirational thoughts. And I will definitely be writing that verse down!

Kirra Sue said...

So great Jess. Thanks for this little list of practical things- it's been such a blessing to me!

bandofbrothers said...

ahhhhhhh. so good jess!
thank for sharing!

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