The trials will not be greater than the strength God will give us. So let us take up our work where we find, believing we will be strong enough to meet whatever comes.
This verse is part of recovery and rejoicing in our trials. “Say what?!”
Since 2014 trials have been on the same journey in my life. I can't even begin to explain all of where God has blessed and brought me though.
Just when the road was not bumpy anymore he started me on the rough road again. I DO NOT LIKE CHANGE!!!!
Now again I am in a battle with self, our greatest battle ever. I loved my friends and small town. I didn’t want to be there at first, but didn’t want to leave it at the end. I still miss it every day, like a friend.
But it is not about us. This reminded me of a story that goes like this... I was gathering the flowers and enjoying their sweet smell. Then this women who had been walking by my side, called me to look at the ugly thorns that were in her way. There she was sadly crying. She was not walking in the path or following the guide, but she was walking among the thorns. “Oh,” she cried, “what a pity that this beautiful garden is spoiled with thorns.” Then the guide said, “Let the thorns alone, for they will only wound you. Gather the roses, the lilies, and the pinks.” (End)
We should think of the good times in our lives. Have we had precious hours when our hearts were filled with joy as the Spirit of God spoke to us?
When we look back over our lives, do we see many pleasant times.?
Looking and reading theses steps brings to the point, thorns will only make us sad. If we gather the thorns and give them to others, we are turning from God’s goodness.
It is very important to listen to our higher power.( Mine is God)
Truly seek His word and will for your life.
Satan tries to get us to use our minds in the wrong way,. When some people study the Bible, they feel they must be able to explain everything it says.
The power of pride is strong, so my friend always ask the Holy Spirit to always be present as you read His word. The Lord Jesus will lend you understanding where it should go.
The experience, strength, and hope of others in 12 Step Recovery and our own experience all contribute to our confidence that God who began a good work in us, will carry it on unto it is completed. That will be on the day Christ Jesus returns (Phil 1:6).
I have no idea what the New Year will bring, for my plans are not His plans. So Rejoice in the Lord Always and again I say Rejoice.
Blessing and Hope in Jesus in the New Year