I had a bad day. Not today, but a few days ago. I was so stressed out that my stomach burned for at least 24 hours. I couldn’t think straight, and all I wanted to do was to cry. I think I went through every emotion possible that day, and by the end of it all, I was drained. My body was aching, my head was pounding, and I was exhausted.
Once my head hit the pillow I was ready to pray:
“Thank You, Lord,” I said, “thanks for this trial…
Thank You for teaching me that I’m stronger than I ever imagined I could be. Thank You for teaching me patience, by allowing mine to be tested. Thank You for showing me that my way isn’t always the best way. Thank You for shaping me as I yield to Your will. Thank You for preparing my heart for Your service. Thank You for opening my eyes to those things I am truly grateful for by removing them from me. Thank You for reminding me how much I need You. And truly I thank You Lord, for Your unfailing grace…”
When you go through a trial, the sovereignty of God is the pillow upon which you lay your head. – Charles Spurgeon
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In Daniel Chapter 6, we read about a trial that Daniel was going through. More importantly, we see his reaction to adversity as Daniel got down on his knees and gave thanks to God three times a day. Your challenge today (or this week) is two-fold. One is to read Daniel Chapter 6, and the other is to practice giving thanks for your trials.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4, NIV)
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Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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