Comfort or hardship?

As I was out for my run this morning ..

Yes, that is right, I was out running!

Me who always said I was built for comfort not speed, I am out running! Training for Cancer Research Race for Life!

Anyway, as I am  struggling and thinking of giving up on my 10 minute running stint I am thinking about those with cancer and how they have to fight on. That they don’t get a choice .

In my life if I had the choice between comfort and a prize at the end of a little hardship, I would choose comfort EVERY time!  I like comfort, hardship is too much hard work.  But in life we don’t get a choice, hardships come.  Whether through illness, loss, financial, or our own selves, they still come!

So for my 5k training, I have to go out 3 times a week.  I have to show up, I have to put on those running shoes and get out there, whether I feel like it or not, rain, hail or shine I just have to do it.  For me, like most things in my life, I have to do them early in the morning before my good intentions are swalled up by the day.

So also with the hardships of life, how do I meet them, how do I train for them? Well I just have to show up there in the place of prayer, I have to make the time for the training, I have be there whether I feel like it or not, whether it is suitable or not, whether there are other things going on, I still need to show up.

My training is in the prayer room, my strength comes from the prayer room.  To face any of life’s trials I need my Saviour, I need Him there beside me.  Where do I find Him? In the place of prayer and surprisingly also there in the midst of the trial, walking with me.  I just have to show up and He is there beside me, being my strength, my rock, my comforter.  Infact often it is in that place of hardship where I find Him most and where His presence is the most real to me and all the sweeter because of the trial.

So is the prize at the end of hardship worth it?

I do not consider that I have made it on my own.  But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  (Phil 3:14)

Yes, EVERY time!

 

 

Background Praying

What I mean back ground praying is that praying you do in the back ground before a big event, or before you have to face a difficult situation.  It is the praying you do which you may not even share with others, but you are doing it,  praying away, lifting your heart to God, bringing the concern before Him.

Ezra & Nehemiah both did this, they heard of the disasters affecting their country and they prayed .  They sat with the situation, they kept it before the Lord. They didn’t move on it straight away, they waited. They kept on praying.  They worshipped the Lord – giving Him His place, they confessed their sins and saw their own place. They kept on with that back ground praying.

For Nehemiah he got his opportunity and shot up an “arrow prayer”, a little dart – “help me Lord say the right thing”, type prayer. Or perhaps like me you are still waiting for the thing to come to fruition, you have prayed and prayed, now all you can do is submit and surrender and wait. Wait for that Angel to come as he did to Daniel:-

“I have come here to give you insight and understanding. The moment you began praying, a command was given. And now I am here to tell you what it was, for you are very precious to God. Listen carefully so that you can understand ..”
‭‭Daniel‬ ‭9:22-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

So we have done our background praying, let us submit to the God of all creation to act in His way, His time, with His purpose and with His provision. And let us listen carefully to catch those sweet words:

“I am here to tell you what it was, for you are very precious to God”

Faith and Facts

Have just done another wonderful #lovegodgreatly bible study with my lovely ladies. We have been looking at Fear & Anxiety overcoming with the truth of God’s Word. There has been so much in this and I have learnt so much, one of the main things being that I replace fears wth facts.  It is not replacing fear with faith, but with God’s truth.

This may not seem significant, but it is.  You see my faith can fail, my faith can be weak, my faith can be overwhelmed by fears and anxieties, my faith is about me and depends on me.  But God’s truth – that is objective, it stands clear and firm, it is not based on me, it does not depend on me, it does not fluctuate according to my feelings, it stands eternal and sure.

So when fears and anxieties come in and would seek to engulf me, I don’t turn to my own faith, I turn to the truth of God’s Word and I submit them to that.

There I find that God is bigger than my fears .

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; of whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid ?” (Ps 27:1)

There I find that God loves me.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor Angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the LOVE of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Rom 8:37-39)

There I find that God will forgive me:

As far as east is from the west so far does He remove our transgressions from us. (Ps 103:12)

There I find that God does not condemn me:

“There is therefore now no condemnation for this who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom 8:1)

There I find that God will take care of me:

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:19, NLT)

So When fears or anxieties or even worries arise I come back to God’s Word and I believe the truth of His Word over my fears, over my “what ifs”.  I listen to God’s Word and not to my fears, I trust God’s truth to quell the anxieties. I believe that God will do as He says He will in His Word, I believe God is able to deal with every single one of my fears and anxieties, I believe my God is able to do abundantly more for me than what I can even imagine! He is able to deal with every single one of my moments.

My God is bigger than my biggest fear.