One of my church friends just called me... family problem propped up and was spiritually dry, asking why... why problems never cease to end?
I did not know what to say to her but this... "We face these type of problems so that when we can be a "comforter" to others when they are in this type of situation. God allows it to happen to us for a reason, we have God with us, others may not have... we can overcome, others may not... "
Giving words of encouragement is easy ... but the one who is facing the problem now will find it hard to accept. She kept asking, "Why, why.....why....? I have done so much for the church, for God..."
Being a Christian does not mean smooth sailing, in fact, it is more like a tough sail... but then we have God with us, in us and for us. For when we are weak, then we are strong, right?
Makes sense to me... for when we have gone through hard times, we will feel stronger emotionally and spiritually....
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Emotionally Drained, Spiritually Strengthened..
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alamak..reminds me of Aaron Kwoks song Tel Me WhyReplyDelete
me sotplug a bit liao :p
I believed that God allows challengers in our life so that our faith in Him are strong.ReplyDelete
God will bring us through our challengers in His time.
Now, I too faced some challengers in my life. I quitted my job because of the constant verbal abuse and negativity I received from my ex boss daily. I believed that God will provide me a new job.
"When the oceans rise and thunder storms, I will rise with you above the storms, Father, You are King above the storms, I will be still and know you are God".
kathy: i tot anita mui sang that?ReplyDelete
jessie: Still.. yes..
when troubles come, i trust in U
for I know U will lead me through...
I remembers one of my care group member told us that when we are suffering we needed God. Imagine if you gave a good life where everything is provided for...do u still need God?ReplyDelete
chris: yeah true true.. when we undergo troubles, we seek HIM.. when we r back to comfort zone, we forget.. :(ReplyDelete
Thank you very much for posting this, Claire. i need to be reminded from time to time that despite of the not so rosy life, God IS with me. Thank you very much.ReplyDelete
Yes, you are so right!! When this lady says how much she's done for the church, that's wonderful. But look at Stephen, Paul, and the other apostles, how they suffered as well. And of course Jesus himself. I'm thinking you are a good listner and a good counselor! What church are you going to?ReplyDelete
i surely dont think your fren shud think tat life will ever be without problem bcs tat is why God in a way existed to help us go thru all these problematic times, my 2 yen hahah..ReplyDelete
cleff: yes, in all things God works for those who loves Him and who are called according to His purpose :)ReplyDelete
Ginny: no, i m not a good counselor.. lol.. i m just a church goer... :)
manglish: whatever it is, we have to face challenges each day in and out..
Just prove oneself is tough so he/she must go thru the hurdles patiently... and beautiful days will follow! This is what I think :-)ReplyDelete
TRUE....I also believe God allows circumstances to come into our life so that we can gain from the experience one way or another.ReplyDelete
In all things thank God. Hope your friend can see things that way too. Service to God is our gratitude to Him who gave us His Son.
Hi Reana, we enjoy warmth because we have been cold. We appreciate light because we have been in darkness.ReplyDelete
By the same token, we can experience joy because we have known sadness.
Our life will always have its hiccups, and roller coaster rides, and the very strong will survive, with hope, faith and prayer.....and abit of luck.
And what you mentioned is very true re 'smooth sailing'. Even the Queen of flowers has thorns, ready to draw blood to the unwary. No road is straight or without bumps....
And yes, only thru experience do we grow stronger.
And I have been down that path before....
Best regards, Lee.
dora: as the saying goes.. got ups and downs in one life..see how we can overcome them.. time will heal too..ReplyDelete
ann: true true. as long as we continue to stay faithful...
U.Lee: i believe you when u said you have been to that path before.. all of us have to.. in one way or another, we got to face hurdles before us..
yea u're right, being a christian doesnt life with no torn. :( we learn everything in life after we gone thru it. :)ReplyDelete
To me, I felt that everything happens for a reason. Every family will have their own problems and some just dealt with it better than the others. Just ask her to think positive and she will then attract the positive things. The more negative she is, the harder life would be.ReplyDelete
caroline: when we go thru trials, they made us a stronger person than we never thought we were..ReplyDelete
kiasumom: true true.. think positive but sometimes we r not in that position to tell.. i m also the worrying type of person, wanting to settle things fast otherwise i tend to tense up too.. sigh..
Life will be dull without problems,, hahahah, life will be even more dull,when we have problems and we dont have god.ReplyDelete
thank you and amen
I would like to know the reason why too.ReplyDelete
What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger... I'm sure better days will come to your friend :)ReplyDelete
eugene: oh life is not dull if i dont have problems..hahaha.. blissful ma.. i think it is not normal not to have problems.. hahaha..ReplyDelete
barb: this is earth.. a fallen world.. so we have everything.. joy, sorrow, pain, happiness, sickness, etc etc..
sweetwitch: thanks .. this is indeed an encouragement..
Sorry to hear what happened to your friend..ReplyDelete
But life certainly has its ups and downs.. I belive things will have a way out, just have to be patient..
hopefully your friend will be alright soon!
anita mui meh? D 1st time i heard was by aaron kwok wor...one of the song that make him famousReplyDelete
hayley, prayers and time will help one to undergo distress...ReplyDelete
kathy, maybe different songs.. anita mui sang why, why tell me why..
Accept all trials and tribulations in our lives as penance. Jesus died on the cross for our sins so it is only right that we carry our own little crosses too. Give thanks and praise for whatever little blessings that come our way and there are many, I'm sure... We only need to open our eyes and see. Think positive!ReplyDelete
That's a good way to think when you're facing a problem. Funny it never occurred to me that "he" could be using me as an example so that I could comfort others. I will try to remember that.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the post.During tough times one gets to understand oneself as well as the others.Hard times are the true test of characterReplyDelete
stp: +++++++ yes, positive! :pReplyDelete
selfsagacity: makes sense, right?
websdesign: yes, true in a way too..
u r a good motivator lah...next time i am down, i will look for u ler...kekekeReplyDelete
it says in 1 corinthians 1:3 All praise to God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, God is our merciful father and source of all comfort.ReplyDelete
You're a good friend to be there to listen. I think that helps the most sometimes.ReplyDelete
when the going gets tough,the tough gets going(even though many of us aren't tough at all but we pretends to tell ourselves,we're TOUGH !) that's how i survived(for the time being)ReplyDelete
when we face problems, we need to talk with those we can trust.ReplyDelete
Clair: We still have to live in this world with all its problems as a believer.ReplyDelete
Problems will never stop to bother us. :)ReplyDelete
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