2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
Romans 5:2-5 (KJV)
God has been prompting me to take my tribulations with grace lately. LOL. Hmmm. He must be telling me that I complain and worry too much. So, I have obediently been trying to take my troubles with grace and trying not to worry or complain with each obstacle or disappointment in life.
I put on my happy face and things are going well for the first obstacle, and the second, and the third. So far they are only little things. I may normally get a little annoyed or discouraged with these things, but so far I am able to keep my happy face. I am feeling really good. I am thinking to myself, “Hmmm. Yes, taking tribulations with grace really helps. God has something here with this attitude.”
Then, my back starts to hurt. I am good at first. I smile and know that it will get better soon. Other small tribulations come up and I try to smile. At this point, I am thinking, “Hmmm. Okay God, I know you said to take tribulations with grace, but after a while, it doesn’t get so easy. “ I joke about it with a friend and say, “Maybe God is trying to give me a lot of practice. LOL.”
My back still hurts. It is starting to weigh on me physically and emotionally. It is difficult to do things with a sore back and not being able to do things isn’t very fun. I am not able to help my husband, as I want at the moment. I am not able to be as productive with my business as I would like to be at the moment. This is starting to bring negative thoughts and questions. I have been complaining some. It isn’t easy.
Thankfully, spiritually I am doing okay, because I know that God will give me what I need at the time I need it. I know that God will overpower even my negative thoughts and my complaining at some point.
I have been thinking about the elderly and other people who suffer with chronic pain and how they must feel. I am sure it is a thousand times worse than what I am experiencing. I think that maybe the back pain might be a lesson that helps me care for others better and feel more compassion. It could be a result of me not treating my body well and it is a lesson to teach me to treat my body better.
So, what is the message? You got it! “Take tribulations with grace.” I am thankfully God is merciful, because I still need practice with that one. But… I will try. LOL.
P.S.- Please pray for healing in my back and my attitude, so that I can "take tribulations with grace." Thank you.
One of the things that I had hoped I could do with DUO Inspirations is to give hope and encouragement to others. I know that I have been through hard times and I know the comfort in knowing that you are not alone when you go through difficulties. That is the purpose of support groups. This isn't a support group. However, I hope to show that others go through struggles as well. It is not just you. With that in mind, if you know anyone who is going through (or have gone through) struggles or difficult times and would like to tell their story, please contact me. I hope you will join me in my quest in "empowering people one inspiration at a time" through prayer, encouragement, and in doing what you can to help. Let's work together to do God's will and make our world a brighter place.
Here is an example to ponder. It is about a great Facebook friend of mine, Rhonda Patton:
First, let me tell you what I know about Rhonda Patton. She is kind, caring, talented, and helpful; someone who is willing to help people when she can. We have never met in person, but Rhonda has helped me many times and I know she has helped others many times as well. I have seen it.
Rhonda is struggling right now though and my heart goes out to her. She is facing financial difficulties, health difficulties, and emotional difficulties. However, she is doing it with a great amount of faith and courage.
Rhonda reminds me of the old woman in the Bible who gave two mites in the story in Mark 12:41-44 KJV.
"41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast
more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living."
She will still do things for others out of the goodness of her heart for others, even though she is struggling herself. Rhonda knows that God will reward her some day for giving even when she had hardly anything to give.
Out of desperation, Rhonda has started a GoFundMe campaign. I can tell you that she hasn't enjoyed doing this. She felt horrible for doing it. Ashamed maybe. Pride maybe. Rhonda put it off as long as she felt she could. She and her husband has been looking for jobs, trying to sell their children's books, selling off personal things around the house to try to make ends meet. All this, while they both have health issues that barely make work a great option.
I know that Rhonda worries about how others see her. And, I think that she worries about how she sees herself as well as how God sees her. Some people may look down upon her. I don't know. However, I do know that God doesn't see her as unworthy. And, I do know that God has called us to help others if we can and to not look down on others.
Another verse that comes to mind for a situation such as this is Matthew 25:40 KJV.
"40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
This verse doesn't mean that Rhonda and others who are struggling are less deserving than others. It just refers to people who are struggling, people who are in need, and people who often feel or are called less than others. It is used to show that, yes, you can be kind to other people who may not need too much. But, it is more difficult to help those who need quite a bit, who are hurting quite a bit, who feel like their lives are messed up quite a bit. If you can help those people, than you are showing God that same love and help. God helps those who struggle the most, because after all He really doesn't need to help those who seem to have their life in order. And, if you are helping those who struggle, you are helping God as well.
I would ask you: my friends, my family, my readers, to pray about this situation. Pray for Rhonda and her family as well as others like her. And, pray to see if God is leading you to help Rhonda or someone like her in some way. If you feel called to contribute to Rhonda's GoFundMe compaign, please do so. If you have a job to offer her or her husband, please get in touch with her. If you can't do either, please pray for her. That will help more than you know.
If you would like to get to know more about Rhonda, please check out her page on Facebook, as well as her graphic arts page on Facebook, and her children's book website.
I know there are so many people who are struggling and so many people or causes for which to pray. I can tell you that I feel really blessed that God brought Rhonda into my life. I know that He uses her to help me and teach me things often.
Many of you reading this have already said a little prayer for Rhonda and her family. I want to tell you that I appreciate it and I am sure that Rhonda does as well. Before I close, I want to add my little prayer as well.
I thank you for this day and this idea. I ask that you watch over and guide Rhonda and her family through this difficult time. Hold her in your mighty and healing arms, comfort her, and give her the strength, wisdom, and resources she needs. Lord, please bless her and her family, and all the people who feel your calling to pray for her and help her. I thank you and praise you for your blessings and ask you to continue to use Rhonda for your glory. I ask you this, through Jesus, your Son. Amen.
Hi everyone. I hope you will both find and share inspiration here. Together, we can be "empowering people one inspiration at a time."