I was reading a quote from Andrew Murray who lived in the 1800's and was riddled with intense back pain. A woman came to him for advice and this is what he told her:

"In time of trouble, say, "First, He brought me here. It is by His will I am in this strait place; in that I rest." Next, "He will keep me here in His love, and give me grace in this trial to behave as His child." Then say, "He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me lessons He intends me to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow." And last, say, "In His good time He can bring me out again. How and when, He knows." Therefor, say, "I am here (1) by God's appointment, (2) in His keeping, (3) under His training, (4) for His time."

Losing perspective

Do the obstacles you face seem like an insurmountable mountain to conquer? Have you been in this valley before, not seeing a way out of your circumstances? What you do when you are in the valley of life is more important than your circumstances. It may seem as if the pain you feel may never end. "How can I get through even one more day," you may ask. God has given me a bit of perspective after going through many valleys in life. I have finally gotten to the top of some of my mountains I am climbing and there I gain perspective on what I have gone through. I can look back in the low valley in my life and see God's hand at work in my pain. God says He will never leave us or forsake us. Do you believe Him? Are you trusting in your own strength to see around the next bend? Pray through Proverbs 3:5-6 which tells us to trust in God with all our heart and stop trusting ourselves (limited understanding) but in every way lean on Him-HE will GUIDE you! Believe Him today. Even if you are facing cancer, death in your family, chronic pain, adultery, etc...give it over to the only One who knows you and your pain better than anyone. keeping perspective is so important! This life is NOT about us. It is about God-giving Him glory and loving others...YES, even in our pain!

Fight the good fight!
Finish the race!
Keep the Faith!

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