Overcoming Difficult Trials


Hello Dear Readers,
Today was a down day for me. I try really hard to stay positive and see the best in everything. However, that nasty villain named WORRY snuck in and robbed me of my sleep. When I don’t sleep, I get depressed and instead of counting my blessings I start counting all the things that need attention or are in a “hold” pattern. My perspective is affected.

After a year of recovery, I still find myself piecing together the puzzle called my life. Trust, patience, faith, hope and peace all seemed out of reach last night.

The fruits of the spirit are goodness, kindness, gentleness, peace, love, joy, patience, faithfulness, and self-control. My worries robbed me of spiritual fruits today. Yes, I was back in the mud puddle of self-pity but guess what…. a friend threw me a rope. Her compassion, encouragement, wisdom, prayers, and faith has enabled me to write this post.

Yes, when going through trials we will inevitably have setbacks. However, they don’t have to rule us. With God’s help (and caring friends) we can get back onto that road to recovery and live a full life in Christ.
I was angry too.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Psalm 37:8 (NIV)
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.

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  1. Nancy Studebaker on said:

    I’ve heard it said that a woman’s brain is like a computer with too many screens “open.”. Maybe men are like that, too, but I can only speak for myself, a woman. Sounds like you have a lot of “screens” open. That happens to me ALL the time, and is definitely the most common source of my insomnia!!!!

    Maybe, somehow, we need to close them, one at a time. Close each screen, as God is taking care of it. Close it, like it’s already been accomplished, because in a way, it has been- we just don’t know how He has figured it out for us.

    I am in a study group that a couple weeks ago discussed The Fruits of the Spirit, and it suggested that the fruits are in reverse order. Love is actually the pinnacle, and self control is where we begin. Everyone in the group agreed, that is where each of us need to begin. We all made a promise to work on that fruit that week.

    How do I need to use self control when it comes to despair or depression? I suppose use self control over my thoughts. Maybe self control over other self defeating behaviors that I tend to exhibit when I am depressed (staying in my bathrobe too long, making poor food choices, maybe not so much wine, maybe just getting my body out the door, and talking a walk, or reaching out to someone else.

    We’ve all been there, haven’t we?

  2. Nancy,
    Your words met me and kissed my cheek.

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