Friday, September 16, 2011

Comfort Through Trials

Streams In The Desert by L.B. Cowman is my favorite devotional.  If you are going through a difficult time, it is a tremendous encouragement.  I absolutely loved this writing ~

Nothing that is not part of God's will is allowed to come into the life of someone who trusts and obeys Him.  This truth should be enough to make our life one of ceaseless thanksgiving and joy, because God's will is the most hopeful, pleasant, and glorious thing in the world.  It is the continuous working of His omnipotent power for our benefit, with nothing to prevent it, if we remain surrendered and believing.

Surrendering and believing....That is all that is asked of us.  When you are going through a difficult time, it is hard to keep believing, but you must.  

All those years of my illness, I rested in this fact...The only reason this was happening to me was because He was allowing it and He was going to use it for my good.  

So much of pain and illness is a mental battle...trying to not go crazy...It is difficult, but you just have to keep reminding yourself of God's truths:  He is in control,  He lives powerfully inside of you, and  You will never be left alone.  His Words bring comfort through your trials.

God has brought a lot of good out of all my trials.  I have learned so much ~

Loving God and others is all that matters.

Living in peace with others is what God asks of us.

Accepting people just the way they are brings contentment.

Being healthy sure is a lot more fun than being sick!

If you are going through a trial, I encourage you to renew your mind with God's great and precious promises.  Try not to grumble and complain but allow God to do His work in you.  Wait expectantly on Him and rest in Him....

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him...  Romans 8:28