Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bad days are good days!

I know I have been MIA for quite some time now.  There have been many events and things happen in the last several months that I have found myself having to step back to ponder, reflect, and be quiet.  One thing though I have learned through all this is God is the only one I can truly count on.  Now don’t get me wrong, I have had family members and friends come along side me and try to encourage, lift up, or pray for me.  But what I have found is every time one of them said words to me it was always about God and how He will get me through.  They weren’t words that they came up with on their own.  They can’t make anything change or happen for me.  I have loved every word, prayer, and hug that I have gotten.  They have meant so very much.  But it doesn’t hold a candle to what God can give me.  There have been times of a complete loss for words, times of pain and deep sadness.  Times when I couldn’t even bear to think about getting out of bed to face yet another day.  It is during those times, when nobody else was around, that I have received the most indescribable comfort and peace.  There were times when I couldn’t dry the tears but somehow they were dried.  So many times He has picked me up and carried me through these last few months.  So many times has He told me “It is ok daughter, I am here!  Hold tight and I will carry you till you can walk again.”  It has been such a comfort to know that I have a heavenly father that cares so richly and deeply for me. 

Things have not gotten any easier.  Matter of fact, there has been new things popping up for what seems like every day.  I thank God that He has given people to me that have helped remind me that God is in control and helped by lifting me up to Him! 
This song has really been a blessing to me!  So I thought maybe it might be helpful to others to have a gentle reminder that we WILL get through the bad days.  That God KNOWS what is going on and promises us that we can do ALL things through Him.

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” ~ Philippians 4:13 (NLT)

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” ~ 1 Corinthians 10:13&14 (NIV)

So this is my take on this.  If we can do ALL things through Christ because it is Him that gives us strength then no matter what it is that is thrown our way we will be able to handle it.  Because it isn’t us that is handling it, it is GOD!  Nothing is uncommon that we go through.  Even though sometimes we feel like we are the ONLY ones.  We WILL go through things, sounds like God promises that.  But He ALSO promises that He will provide a way out so that we can endure it!  That way out might look different for each situation that we must endure but He says it WILL be there!

My challenge to you. . . are you looking at the hard times as a good thing?  Are you allowing them to help you grow and learn?  Or are you being grumpy about them?  Are you allowing them to control what kind of day you have?  Are you trying to handle it or are you allowing God to take control?