By Joni Eareckson Tada
It isn't what I misplaced. it really is what i have discovered. i used to be purely seventeen, only a lady, while God requested me for every thing I had ... my healthiness, my hopes, my independence, my goals, my freedom, and my mobility. He took all of it. i used to be so indignant with Him that i attempted to push Him away. God relentlessly held me extra heavily. on reflection, 40 years later, I needless to say God has replaced and healed me---my middle and my mind---in the main unforeseen methods, giving me rubies of His knowledge approximately an unbending religion and an adventure of His mercy i will now inform you approximately. used to be it a good alternate, my freedom and no wheelchair for the rubies of knowledge i have been given? totally. during this i've got discovered on the ft of the Lord Jesus, embracing the way in which that God heals us, even if we rage at Him in anger, worry, and melancholy. This ebook isn't really approximately what I misplaced in that diving coincidence goodbye in the past. it is in regards to the knowledge he is given me to reside existence victoriously within the face of disappointments and demanding situations that all of us face.
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Sometimes bitter emotions and acid words can ooze from a crushed spirit. The Lord understands that, as well . . and draws near to comfort. The fact is, gut-wrenching questions honor God. Despair directed at His throne is a way of encountering Him, opening ourselves up to the one and only Someone who can actually do something about our plight. And whether we collide head-on with Him or simply bump up against Him in the dark, we cannot be the same. We never are when we experience God. Airing Our Complaints Most of the time, of course, we can manage.
Wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And hope. And light. And even beauty. Responsible for My Response Paul may not have been responsible for the circumstances that so totally overwhelmed him, but he was responsible for the way he responded to those circumstances. And how did he respond? ” Instead, he said, “For Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses. . For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10). I like that. It’s for Christ’s sake. His glory. For His good name and reputation.
Next was the real work. ” He would ask. ” He reasoned with them. He invited their participation. He challenged them to think things through. He encouraged them to let the real truths of Scripture break through the crust of their brittle preconceptions and rigid prejudices. What you think about God influences your friendship with Him. It affects how much glory you give to Him. ” Please hear these next words. They have come to me as a ruby, hard-won through the years: Your imagination about God — especially in the midst of tragedy — isn’t reliable.
A Lifetime of Wisdom by Joni Eareckson Tada