It All Connects

So last night I was at book club (I totally forgot and was almost late!) in which we are studying 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp. Last night we were discussing ugly-beautiful. You know, the negative in life. The struggles we go through. When I think of ugly-beautiful, I first think of my self-image. But that is for another post. What I learned, though, is it is the struggles we go through. Even if it is your children arguing with each other. Yeah, I do not have children, but I do have students and I interact with their drama lives and I consider them my "children".  How does this work, you ask? Well, it is basically, but not easy, to find the beauty, the grace, the gift God gives you in that moment: Be thankful for health, life, the curl of the hair, the color of the eye. Help turn from the negative to the positive.

The group discussed how this is hard. We are not "wired" this way and we need to rewire our brains. What about a phrase to repeat in those hard times? Could this help us rewire? Maybe. I find myself telling God "It's in your hands. I trust you." But what about times of catastorphes? You know like what happened at the Boston Marathon or even what is going on in West, Texas.

As you know, I live in Texas. If you are following the news you have heard of what happened in West, Texas. To us, West is an institution. We always stop there to get their home made German bakery goods. If you haven't heard, there was an explosion from a fertilizer plant in West which could be felt 85 miles away and register on the Richter Scale. What the what? How easy is it to question God and rail against Him. But even in the catastrophe, we need to be thankful and look for the grace.

Even though I am not personally effected by the events going on in the world, I can only trust in the Lord and His plans. I am thankful my loved ones are safe, the fire fighters and first responders for their ability and dedication, and for a community/nation pulling together.

I have a devotional app on my iPhone.

This was Monday's devotional but applies today.

Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. (NLT) ( Psalm 143:8 ) 

Sometimes circumstances happen in life that are outside of our control. We can't always be in control of test results, promotions, or computer crashes. It is in these times that we should lean on God to show us the way. This is the time to earnestly seek His will and being open to fulfilling it. Trust in Him. Download this app to get your daily devotions:

 Does it just not bring home the message we received in book club. While our thoughts and prayers are with the latest catastrophe in West, Texas, we need to remember everyday struggles and Trust in Him.

What do you do to get through the tough times? To think positive?

I am also linking up for the first time with Peacoats and Plaid's Bloglovin' Collective Hop.


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