The Gifts In Longsuffering

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Can you recall something you had to deal with for a long time? Maybe you thought it would take less time or it wouldn’t go the way it went. What about the times when we think we get through something only to find ourselves going through it for an extended period.

Think about receiving gifts during your longsuffering? Can you? How can there be gifts in suffering for a long time? Well you see it’s all in our perspective and the way we choose to live our lives. Below are some points to consider on the gifts in longsuffering.

 

1) Love Developed In Us: Most if not all, don’t like going through something difficult, unpleasant and opposing for a long time. We would take the relief as soon as it could come and hope it comes as fast as it could. Love is a gift that needs to be developed in us and displayed through us in longsuffering. When we can suffer and endure something that God has allowed for us to bear for a long time in the right attitude and perception, we can walk out and live out the love that God wants us to operate in.

 

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2) Fruit Growing In Us: As believers we are called to bear fruit and walk in the Spirit of God and to be led by the Holy Spirit. God dwells in every Christ follower and bearing fruit is the evidence that we are growing in the Lord. Longsuffering is a fruit of the Spirit. Some may question, how can suffering for a long time bring out something good in us? When we are yielded to the Lord, longsuffering will help bring forth patience and self- control in our behavior, actions, interactions and other areas in our lifestyles.

 

 

3) Living In Forgiveness: Just as Christ is longsuffering towards us in our mess and sin,  as  Christ followers we must learn to be longsuffering towards others. Forgiveness is really freedom for our minds, hearts and souls.

 

4) Humbling Ourselves: When we humble ourselves in suffering for a long time, God can raise us up at the right time. We must let go of our will to have a smoother path in life and to attempt to avoid adversity. For every believer, the suffering we face in this world will be wiped away one day.

 

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No Ordinary Route

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It just seems ordinary to be a 20 something young adult and have a stable job. At least to experience having one full-time job. Might not be the dream/calling job yet, but hey it’s a job.

Well my 20s are writing much differently, despite my efforts to change the direction. Presently experiencing this pops up different questions and raises natural concerns. What is God’s will and purpose in this? How long will this be for? Will this change soon?

All I can do is let the Author be in control and let His leading unfold. The several applications I filled out, over and over resume sent out and interviews I’ve went to bring back results this is no ordinary route. The circumstances say you might not understand it now, but one day you’ll wear a crown.

There are times I become frustrated. Then eventually I realize some of the greatest provisions come in disguise. It doesn’t have to make sense and it doesn’t have to look like I think it should. That’s how great wonders unfold,in messes and disadvantages. Guess what? It has nothing to with us, but all to do with the Master who never leaves His throne.

It’s ok if your story is not writing and reading ordinary me, because God is shaping you for destiny.

Here’s three points to think on in the midst of any challenge we face.

Our solid anchor is in Christ alone. 

God’s love speaks to us in the midst of the stormy waves. We just have to stop and listen.

The shed blood of our Savior(Jesus) covers us through it all. 

Living Your Dreams

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Have you ever had a dream that you wanted to become your reality? Are you currently setting goals to accomplish your dream? There are many who have aspirations and goals that they want to achieve. You can accomplish your God-given talents and gifts beyond all the difficulties and challenges you face.

Doing what you love makes a huge difference rather than doing something that others think you should do or doing it only for what you can get out of it.  Inspiring people like Colonel Sanders, Walt Disney, Mandisa Hundley and many more never allowed their difficulty to stop them from living their dreams.

Thomas Edison quoted “I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” There will be obstacles and struggles, but we must not give up on the things we are called to by God.

When we pursue God we are tapping into everything we need. He will show us what to do and which way to go. We must be willing to listen to God’s voice for our instructions. He will never lead us astray, but He will bring those things He desires for us to be into place.

Everything won’t happen all at once, things take time before they come to life. Nothing and no one is exempt from time and seasons. They all have an important role to play in everything.

I have dreams that have not come to life right now, but in time I believe they will. I just want to encourage you that whether you have one, a few or many steps to go, keep working towards your dreams and soon they will become your reality.

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No Limits to Education!

With the internet a person can learn, study and research almost anything. Finances and other circumstances never have to stop us from at least learning what we want to. While traditional education has its good place and is beneficial to many, it’s not for everyone in every situation. Society may say that we have to do things a certain way in order to be successful. That’s far from the truth. The way in which we learn is not as important as learning what we need to learn. No learning path is better than the other, but like the saying goes “What works for one may not work for the other.” Both paid and free learning platforms such as The Writers Bureau, Alison, Udemy, HubSpot Academy and more have helped many to gain the skills and education in a non – traditional setting. My thoughts are that they can be a great avenue, but they also require discipline and perseverance. More frequently people of various ages are enrolling in online and distance studies while trying to get through their circumstances. Others may have no particular reason, but decide to do it anyway. Learn, learn, learn and learn some more! Whatever we learn, must also be applied. It’s a process all in applying what we learn. The start is to find out the best ways we learn, do it and work on applying it. There are no limits to education!

Taking a Stand

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Fear tries to grip a hold of the courage on the inside and threaten the hope that is unseen. Someone must take a stand. Even in the face of compromise and obstacles, taking a stand and lending a thoughtful hand. One may be mocked and at times feel confused, but a stand is where they will land. We all believe in something that radiates from the heart, but will we agree to take our part even when we don’t know where to start? God in His word encourages us to stand “having done all to stand.” Why do we always want to comprehend? There is faith that doesn’t have to see, but in spite of pain will stand in the everlasting army. Marching on and on to the music of the harmony and holding on in the upbeat of the vision. Now is the time for us to stand even after we get weak and bend. The whisper will say why do so after all that’s already happened? When you believe you keep going cause you know that this is not the end. That somewhere and somehow the wonder of God’s goodness is living, breathing, beating and screening. It’s here for all to see. Will you take that stand and join in on the harmony?

Underdog

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Always been an underdog. The one that seemed like they will struggle and always be at a disadvantage. Tried hard with this and that, but through it all I have been kept. I have broke down and cried hard many times. More times than I would like to think. And then all the cloudiness begins to sink. Some could see and hear my tears on the outside, but the pain was like something stabbing me sharp and violently on the inside. There were some things on my heart that I couldn’t understand and that’s the reason I could no longer pretend. Rise, rise above it all and no matter what get up after each fall. See it may look like things could never happen and that you will fail each time you set out to sail, but that’s not the end of that tale. In Christ we always have the victory, even if it seems like success was never meant to be.

Determined

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Whatever doesn’t destroy me, makes me more determined. In the circumstances God allows to happen, He will prove that He alone is my deliverer, healer and source. Sometimes the thoughts of everything seems to go wrong are so strong. I have to remind myself that with God I can still go on. Determined to grow in the midst of difficulty and learning to move on in the face of adversity. The pain is real and sometimes it feels like I’ll never heal. With my Comforter by my side, I know He’ll always be my guide even when I want to run, cry and hide. Determination is the whisper in my soul and one day I know that I will be made whole.