Better Days

I have had better days, but they are almost over.

Since yesterday, I have written a paper and 5 article abstracts for my two classes.  Plus, I worked, went to class, and went to the grocery.  WHEW!

I will be very thankful when this semester is finished.  I promise to be a better blog friend after this next week!

Things in my life have been stressful, demanding, and at times painful.

I know I promised to share my weekend tonight, but instead I want to talk about something a little more serious tonight.

I have found in my short 25 years here on earth that life hands you lemons.

Things pile up at work, school gets overwhelming, family life is hectic, people do things to hurt or let you down… you name it.

What is a Christian’s response in times of stress, pain, or any other lemon-y life situation?  Like all of us, the temptation for me is to internalize things, clam up, and then take it out on others.  You carry around your baggage.  It effects our faith, how we think, and how we treat other people.  If you are like me, sometimes your Brittany Monster might make an appearance.

1 Peter 5 says:  6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

The Lord must always be our strength in times of dispair, trouble, and pain.  We must learn to trust him in whatever situation we find ourselves in.  We must retrain our human and flesh-driven minds to cast our cares and anxieties on the Lord.  As mere humans, we try to fix everything ourselves and be prideful.  We (I) must learn to let that go and trust in the Lord.

But what about anger?

Let’s look at Ephesians 4 has to say.

25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Let’s keep each other accountable and pray for one another as we live our daily lives, and especially when life hands us lemons!

I’ll leave you all with one of my favorite passages.

Philippians 4:4-9

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

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