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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thankful for your trial? Really Lord?





For the month of November Iris at Grace Alone is hosting Thankful Thursdays. Today's thankfulness is about trials!

I think a vast majority of Americans ~ Believers and non-believers alike ~ would say they are in the middle of a trial right now.
Everywhere we turn......TV. RADIO. INTERNET. NEWSPAPER. BLOGS. we read about someone in a trial


Trials are no respecter of persons. They affect everyone BUT it is in HOW we choose to face them that is the difference! As a believer I am thankful for so many things during the trials that I face.

* The Lord ~ my Heavenly Father who so lovingly provided for each trial that I would surely face ~ even before I was born. It is in these trails that HE shows HIMSELF strong!!

* Jesus ~ who faced trial after trial and has compassion for me in every one of my trials. He can share an example of those times for me when I am down, or mourning, or frustrated ....He gives me the HOPE, the PEACE, the PERSEVERANCE and so much more in EVERY one of my trials.

* the HOLY SPIRIT ~ who Comforts me and Guides me in my trials. HE prays for me when I don't know what or how to pray. HE leads into all TRUTH so that when I am having any "stinkin thinkin" goin on HE corrects me!

* the WORD ~ all I EVER have to do in a trial is look in the WORD and there I will find any and every trial imaginable and how to face those trials. Here I will find HOPE. Here I will find how to renew my mind in this trial. Here I will find answers, examples, and encouragement to continue on.

A cloud of witnesses ~ friends who love and support me during the trial. They point me to our Father, to JESUS. They lay me and my trial at the altar knowing and trusting that the answer is coming! The pray over me, anointing me with oil, or call with an encouraging word. They share a scripture the Lord has given them in regards to that trial. They listen, they love. They pray. It is such a gift to be surrounded by these precious people the Lord has so graciously given to you during these difficult days! I love and appreciate each and every one of you!! In Blogland and those at home ~ I wouldn't want to even try to make it without any of you!


Yes I am very thankful for trials because I know that as I face them and as I grow stronger because of them...... Everytime I am victorious and on the other side of that trial.... I can rest assured that ...... a healing took place and more of who I am became more of what Christ designed for me to be. Because of this trial I can share and encourage others who are dealing with the same. Isn't this what Christ longs for us to do....to have mercy, to share grace, to be kind and loving to those who are going through a trial and prayerfully while we are ministering out of our experience, the Lord will be glorfied!

What about you ~ are you thankful for you trials?


14 comments:

Denise

Amen,to God be the glory.

LisaShaw

I have been reading on blogs today on the Thankful Thursday Trials and have enjoyed each one but yours Loren has really resonated with me because I feel like I wrote it.

You have captured my heart on this so completely in the LORD. Thanks for sharing and your last paragraph says it all for me.

Love you dear sister. Hope we meet this side of heaven but if not we'll be rejoicing together at the Feet of our LORD in GLORY!

Edie

What a beautiful list Loren! It is so hard sometimes to be thankful through our trials but God is still in the details of our lives even then.

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. Much love to you girl!!

Heart2Heart

Loren,

You have definitely captured the joy in the midst of all these trials today. They make us better people and show the world how Christians navigate these storms and make it through the other side.

I will offer up a hearty AMEN to this post of yours!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Red Writing

Oh yes..much harder to say in the midst of a trial but faith is born when we do. Love your title...

Debbie

Loren, I am echoing my sister Lisa as she commented above me. That last paragraph said so much truth. The other point you made that resonated with me was about the Holy Spirit. Lately, I find that when I am so overwhelmed in my trials, I cannot even pray. I bow my head and humble myself before the Lord but the words don't come. I know that the Spirit is interceding for me when I don't know what to say or how to verbalize it all. I'm so grateful for that.

Such words of wisdom and truth on this thankful Thursday.

Love,
Debbie

Debbie

This was an awesome post. Everything you said is so true, and it has really blessed me. Thanks for sharing it all. Have a wonderful week, many more blessings to you, Debbie

Cherie Hill

It is DEFINITELY a struggle...to give thanks in ALL things! But God's grace is abundant...which means we can do ALL things through Christ...and because of Him...we CAN give thanks...simply because of God's great love!
Funny...I have two articles written that speak to this very thing! :)

http://cwahm.com/wordpress/2009/cwahm-columnists/give-thanks/#more-4077

http://cwahm.com/wordpress/2008/articles/thankful-things/

Many blessings to you sister!
With joy,
Cherie

Saleslady371

Beautiful thoughts from a beautiful sister in the Lord! I love you, my friend, and thank you for always being there for me. You are a delight.

Beautiful pear tree lane

Hi Loren, As always I am so blessed and inspired!! I am a firm believer that when we go through trials and when we come out, that the reason is for us to know how to help others with these same trial, all for God's glory. Such a great post.
Blessings,
Sue

He & Me + 3

So so true. I am so thankful for the trials because that develops patience...Lord knows I need some more patience. Great post today. We have so much help during our trials if we are Christians.

Beth.. One Blessed Nana

Oh yes, thankful for the trials. It just affirms that we are doing what we have been called to do!

Love this post Loren - thank you for your prayers for Mercie!

Rona's Home Page

Our current trial of being unemployed and underemployed has brought frugality into our lives. It's truly a blessing to discover what truly is important to our family.
Thank you for sharing.

christy rose

James 1:2 Count it all joy when you fall into trials and temptations because in the end you have an opportunity for the world to see the evidence of the love and power of God shine in your life. (my paraphrase, of course)

It would be impossible to be happy that you encounter trials in life unless you know that God has promised to see you through and take care of you! Unless you know His character is to never withhold anything good from you and to always act on behalf of who He is (LOVE), trusting Him in the mist of trials would be impossible and no one could ever be happy about encountering them. Thank God He is who He says He is! And as we know Him, the world will see Him in our lives, especially amongst and in the end result of our trials. Amen

Great post Loren!
Love,
Christy

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