Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Trying Times

   I am sure I have blogged about this before, but what is it about the valleys that makes us stronger? Why do we have to endure hard times? Why does it seem that just when things are looking up, God decides we need a little more faith? Call me a horrible Christian, but these are the questions flooding my mind and heart these days. It seems that no matter how much extra I do, I run into another wall. Money is tight and the job delay has a vice on my heart.
   While people experience this all of the time, it makes me wonder why certain do and others do not seem to have any problems. This is, of course, the child in me pouting and saying to God, "It's not fair!" Instead of realizing that we each have battles and just because I cannot see yours does not mean they do not exist, I choose to allow my selfishness and lack of faith to rule my thoughts. The result, well in my life my body is FABULOUS at showing my recent thoughts, concerns, or lack thereof. When I'm stressed and not trusting God, well it's amazing the amount of makeup I suddenly have to wear and how sick I get just out of the blue. I keep thinking, I can fix this, I can trust more and have a bigger faith but at the end of the day I am just as discouraged and stressed. Why? Because I decide to tackle the problems instead of letting my Creator handle them. I sometimes imagine myself like the child in this picture. I am tired, cranky, and want to play with my toys and this person is trying to feed me. NOT what I WANT, but most likely what is good for me.
   Today, I ran into more walls. More than I thought I could. Instead of focusing on that, I am going to count some blessings. Being a visual learner, I am going to post some pictures of the blessings from the last few months. This is not to brag on myself, but that which God has done for me and because this post is for me to encourage you to count your blessings. Pictures can say a thousand words. I would encourage you to make a "Blessings" folder somewhere that you can always access it. Technology allows us to have pictures everywhere. I am going to post a few from my folder. Remember, no matter how discouraged you become, there is always someone with less than you have. We are so blessed as individuals with incredible things like health, a place to sleep, and people who love us. Be encouraged today!


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