Thankful for Afflictions
How could I see good in these afflictions?
Broken relationships with my family
Hurt by Christian women
Struggled in ministry to stay afloat
Years of chronic and debilitating illnesses
Lost of our home (twice)
A Christmas season when we barely had money for food, let alone presents (again)
The inability to pay for our rental home and then having to move again
Living with another family because we didn’t have a place to go
Dealing with my own fears, insecurities, failures, depression and rejection
How do I say, “Thank you Lord, for this life?”
Only because of Him. Only because of His promises. Knowing that all things work together for good.
My afflictions have produced good seeds.
- Strengthened my faith
- Deepened my convictions and resolve
- Brought me closer to Christ
- Weakened me; causing me to cling to Jesus, to rely on His strength rather than my own
- Given me the opportunity to watch for His hand of faithfulness upon my life
- Allowed me, a broken vessel, to be used by Him even though I am unworthy
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. John 15:5
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11-13
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. Hebrews 13:15
Live a poured out life for the Master,
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So very true, I agree.
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