I’m in Bangledesh at the moment, just beginning to explore the situation with the Rohingya, Muslim refugees who have very recently fled Burma to survive significant atrocities & even death. There are likely close to 700,000 Rohingya now in Bangledesh, living under plastic tarps & trying to make the best of a deplorable situation.
Admirable credit goes to the Bangledesh people for being gracious & generous with these displaced people. Everyone is trying to bring some good out of an horrific situation.
Here are some fundamental principles that are useful regardless of the atrocities:
Forgiveness isn’t optional – keep your heart poison free
Look for the positive
Keep your hearts tender to Jesus’ input.
These pictures show some beautiful people & the gorgeous countryside here.
All of us face adversity of different sizes, shapes, seasons & intensities. From what I’ve learned, it’s not always possible to avoid adversity, so shat to do? Here are some thoughts to help you have some success in the midst of this stuff
Focal point: focusing on the adversity seems to make it bigger, focusing on Jesus helps to keep the adversity in the right perspective
Practice: think back over the past struggles you’ve come through & remember that the current adversity is practice ,)
Get Help: more than professional help, all of us need divine Help & this is exactly who the Holy Spirit is, so be sure to ask for Help!
Time: decide to outlast the adversity, one day at a time
Prayer: agree with some friends to prayer for their struggles & that they can pray for you as well – this one helps me boatloads!
Be sure to pass this along to some friends who are going through some tough stuff 🙂
One of my favorite Bible stories is David & Goliath so I always find myself cheering for the underdog. I’m also deeply inspired by David’s courage & confidence in God. There have been innumerable occasions in my life when I’ve encouraged myself with David, a mere shepherd, defeating a giant seasoned warrior.
These points can help all of us when we confront various giants in our lives:
David’s confidence was in God & no one else
David didn’t fight as a warrior but rather from who he was – a shepherd (Saul’s armor didn’t fit & he used a sling for his weapon)
David had to stand against his brother’s derision & insults – sometimes families aren’t the supportive people we desire
David had to speak up & assert himself rather than be a meek & docile wallflower – he let himself be recognized & known
David recognized that previous struggles were practice for Goliath (lion & bear)
Lets allow God to help us be good at who we are rather than pretending or projecting to be someone we are not!
Life has storms, full stop. Storms can be health challenges, financial mishaps, relational pitfalls, unexpected crisis & lots more. As much as I’d like to storm-proof my life, this doesn’t seem to be a realistic option for me, despite my best efforts. So here are some pointers that are helping me & might be useful to you as well:
Focus grasshopper – let’s keep our eyes on Jesus because there’s no storm that He cannot calm and disperse
Watch the Clock – this too will pass because storms have an end no matter how long it seems
Guard the Gates – a storm on the outside doesn’t mean that it has to come into your heart
Eat your Spinach – storms are great opportunities to strengthen your faith; indeed, it seems to me that my faith doesn’t strengthen in serenity as well as it does under stress #selah
Feel free to pass this to your friends & family who might be in a storm & happy Monday to you!
A very nice friend asked me today about overcoming fear & I felt encouraged that I should write about this today 🙂
In relation to fear, there are lots of things that could trouble us: fear of failure, fear of getting hurt, fear of something from the past, fear of falling down, fear of the future, fear of relationships, . . . . . . The Greeks used the term phobia and attached all kinds of things to this word (agrophobia, necrophobia & my personal favorite, snake-o-phobia).
So here are some strategies that could be helpful to overcoming fear:
do it scared – I stole this outright from Joyce Meyer; she’s uber cool!
face the fear a little bit at a time rather than to look at the whole thing
consider that the devil uses fear to control us & that God created us from the very beginning to have authority, dominion & power
catch fear in the early stage so it doesn’t go stupid
choose to trust God & reject fear – yes to trust and no to fear
keep trying – failing is more like practice if we take out the fear ingredient
remember that 1 John says that perfect love casts out fear!
Feel free to add your own advice & pass this along to your fam & friends! 😀
Have you ever been intimidated, afriad, overwhelmed, in over your head and just simply disheartened? Sometimes I go through seasons, situations and struggles that could feel really overpowering – dying babies with Saving Moses, evil people masquerading as helpful, discouraging words from close friends and more. I was recently in some of this kind of quagmire and my husband & I were talking about a few things related to these struggles when I remembered something cool from the New Zealand national Rugby team: the Haka
I showed my husband a video of the Haka & it stirred up a few things in my heart:
nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37)
greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4)
Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33)
Jesus holds everything together (Col 1:17)
this lite & momentary affliction is working in me a far greater weight of glory (2Cor 4:17)
I read this morning in 2 Sam 21 about the 4 sons of a Philistine giant – some of them were quite fierce. One of them had 24 fingers & toes (6 on each hand). Nevertheless, David’s men killed these giants, all members of the same family. I haven’t read anywhere in the Bible about people killing giants, other than David & Goliath in 1 Sam. Here are some of the take aways I noted when facing giants:
get around other giant killers – they’ll rub off on you 🙂
don’t let their size intimidate you – they probably move slowly & may not be very bright
giants often have alot of hot air (the devil goes around as a roaring lion)
only one place does it describe how anyone killed a giant & that was with David & Goliath; method isn’t as important as results
be on the right side regardless of how things may appear to your eyes or thoughts – the giants were losers when they were confronted by David’s men
All of us have giants in our lives (jobs, families, employers, school, teachers, co-workers, relationships, emotional struggles, health challenges, etc). I pray that you will intimidate these giants more than you’re intimidated by them. Indeed, Jesus causes us to triumph in all things 🙂