Learning Through Difficulties

Monday, October 21, 2013

Wow, what a week I had last week. So many difficulties. From my diet and exercise to personal relationships. It just felt like a week of struggles. And yet, through it all, I gained so much and learned many blessed lessons.

As I grow as a Christian I am learning that I am often hurt more by other Christians than I am by non-believers. I believe my expectations of other Christians are set at a higher standard and I find myself shocked when something is said that hurts my feelings or I find myself disappointed from a unkept promise. What is the lesson in this? The lesson is that we are all human and are weak in the flesh. Holding Christians to a higher standard may seem like a natural thing to do but is it really fair? Do we somehow become super human when we accept Christ as our Savior? No. We remain in the flesh. We still have the ability to say the wrong thing, to do the wrong thing, to let people down. We are different because of our belief in Christ and because of our faith in His truths. We are different because we want to keep His laws and to live by the example He gave us with His life when He walked as one of us. But being different because of our salvation and our faith does not make us perfect and without faults. What I'm learning is to forgive Christians who hurt me just a quickly as I do non-believers. After all, I'm not perfect either. How many times have I unknowingly hurt someone, or put my foot in my mouth, or disappointed someone? I do make every effort not to do those things. I spend time daily in the presence of my Lord. I ask Him daily to fill me with His love for people but do I have perfect days every day? No, so why does it shock me when other Christians do not either? I'm learning....... emoticon

In the diet and exercise department I am finding that no matter how hard I try to be consistent with tracking my food and paying attention to my food choices and getting in the right amount of exercise, none of it comes easily. Old habits and old lifestyles are extremely hard to conquer and change. As hard as it is to be diligent and conscious of what comes out of our mouths in our words, it is just as hard to be diligent with what goes into our mouths. I am learning that I have to remain in continuous prayer and I have to keep it at the forefront of my thoughts. Do I want my thoughts to be consumed with food choices and the amount of time I am able to put into exercising? Of course not. I would like for it to be just as natural and easy to make healthy choices as it is with tying my shoes or brushing my teeth. But my lessons is this; when we are making changes with behaviors it requires diligence and conscious thought and attention. I believe with that the longer I invest in being diligent the easier it will become. I will hit the day when it won't have to be such a conscious thought. It will become natural for me to buy, prepare, choose, and eat healthier food. It will become natural for me to exercise because it's part of my daily process.

I'm learning that so much that goes on in our daily lives are difficult situations but what makes us better is the time we invest in our Father to help us make wise choices with each situation. The more time I spend with Jesus, the more strength I draw from Him, the more I place my trust in Him, He reveals to me lessons to be learned and gives me the strength and courage to react to situations in a more loving, and forgiving way. For others and for myself.

He is helping me to stay alert with my diet and exercise. My body is housing the Holy Spirit, it is so very important that I learn the lessons to take great care of it.

It isn't always easy getting through the difficult situations but the one lesson that I have learned is that those situations are my growing pains. They are making me a better child of God. They are my dumbbells to strengthen my spiritual body and mind.

He continues to grow me.
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    My daughter has said, everything is a lesson, a blessing or a gift.

    It helps me to go slow during those difficult times.
    630 days ago
  • LYNN09062012
    great blog you are so right we all have problems forgiving other Christians then non believer so do I
    2573 days ago
    Excellant blog, good insights.

    Yes, most of us do expect more from believers, particuarly when they are in leadership.One would think they would walk in love and the Spirit more often... alot to consider... emoticon
    2645 days ago
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    my best friend spoke about this a few weeks ago in a sermon he preached. He said the problem is many people tend to put their trust in men tend to put someone on a higher pedestal thinking because they are Christians or a minister that they have no problems. Whenever someone from that nature has a problem or has a bad day the people just react hurt or angry or whatever. They take things really personal. Yet a minister feels pressure a lot many people think of him as some super saint want him to fix their own problems forget it's only God who can fix them.
    we tend to be more understanding of non believers we know they don't know Christ so therefore we give them more understanding then someone who is a Christian. we forget Christian non Christian no one is perfect we all have our hang ups once in awhile. It's how we respond to others who have them that tells the true story.
    2649 days ago
    Loved this blog!!! It is so true we expect more out of Christians but like we see on TV we're not all alike because we are still in the flesh and will be until Christ's glorious return. You have learned much and shared much. We are all a work in progress! You are very self aware and I'm happy and proud you blogged straight from your heart. I can tell your heart is very sweet and tender. Thank you again for your blog!
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    2649 days ago
    Awesome blog. It is good to share from your experience the lessons that gOd is teaching you.
    I sure can relate to a lot of what you have shared. The greatest lesson I learned years ago, was to remember, that Christians are people too and like any person, they are not perfect, but Jesus is.
    The hardest battle for any of us is to not take the bait of Satan. He loves to get a believer all tangled up with offense. Yet, when we learn how to quickly forgive and let go, how much more peace is experienced.
    This journey takes time, and I agree with you that old habits are hard to break, but you can do it.
    I love the word of God because God tells us, We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
    The mountains that loom before us, belong to the Lord, and His promise is to fit our feet as hinds feet so we can climb over these barriers.
    The greatest truth is that that the power of the Holy Spirit lives within you. He is the Spirit of truth and He will lead you every step of the way.
    I am cheering you on. emoticon
    Have a blessed week.
    2650 days ago
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    Unfortunately we don't instantaneously become perfect when we accept Christ. It is a gradual process of becoming more like Him day by day, and we most certainly do make mistakes.
    2651 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Well said. Sometimes it is through the challenges of life that we grow the most. Blessings upon you today.
    2651 days ago
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