Some lessons are more fun to learn than others. I’ve learned some
lessons the hard way over the years.
·I should stand farther away from the person
swinging the metal baseball bat if I’m not wearing a helmet.
·Don’t sign up for stuff at the county fair – or at
least make sure you’re not signing up for time shares.
·When using props like fishing poles in children’s
messages, do practice things like casting the line before church. (No one was
harmed, thankfully, in the casting of the rubber fish into the congregation.)
Some lessons I’ve learned are much more fun.
·Being an aunt is amazing – especially when your
nephew asks you to sing “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring” as his bedtime song, or
when your niece asks you to smell her after her bath. Kids are too fun!
·Realizing your husband’s sense of humor when he
texts you comic strips he’s reading that describe your life together to a T.
Seeing the lesson God wants to you learn while you’re in the middle of
a battle is incredibly difficult. I found that most times, the lessons learned
as the result of a battle are some of the harder ones to learn. But, they’re
also some of the most beneficial. I believe I’m coming out the other side of my
most recent battle, and there are some important lessons I’ve learned as I look
back on that time in my life. Maybe these are lessons God is trying to teach
you or someone you know.
1.I can trust God.
Even though it felt
like God was disappointing me, He never did. In fact, He took every opportunity
to show himself to me during the battle. He drew me closer to himself in ways I
don’t think I would have experienced had it not been for that battle. God
showed me that I can trust Him to take care of me, provide for me, and stick
2.I can trust my husband.
Jeff was a constant source of support
and strength during the battle. He demonstrated God’s love in ways he’s never had
to before. I learned my husband is my confidant, wants what’s best for me, and
will do what it takes to provide for our family.
3.It’s okay to ask for help.
We’re not meant to do life alone. We’re
definitely not meant to do spiritual battle alone. I learned that we need to
ask for help sometimes – and that’s okay. In a culture that glorifies independence
and self-reliance, we need to remember that we’re still human. We need support
and love from our families and friends. We need people to turn to when battles
arise in our lives. We need to remember we have a God ready to help us, too.
4.It’s okay not to always be okay.
We can stop putting on the brave face
and telling everyone how great life is all the time. Because the truth is that
while life is good most of the time, sometimes it just stinks. Christians
especially need to be honest about this because our life as Jesus-followers isn’t
going to be easy. Let’s give each other permission to break down once in a
while, to cry when we’re sad, to vent briefly when we’re mad. Life isn’t always
great, and the more we recognize that the easier #3 becomes.
5.This, too, will pass.
Thank God these battles don’t last
forever! It’s true that some will last a lot longer than others, some will be
less intense than others, and some will take more energy to push through – but it
will not last forever. We will have battles our whole lives this side of
heaven. But God has promised to be with us through the battles to give us His
strength and to give us hope. Jesus won the war for us and comes alongside us
to help us in our battles – that’s our hope. That’s what we have to hold on to
when the battle hits us hard. We have our God. We have our armor. We have our
ultimate victory in Jesus.
Yes, the lessons are hard to learn and difficult to see when you’re in
the thick of it. But let’s fix our eyes, our focus, on Jesus. Keep your eyes on
Him and watch how He will fight for you today.
Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my
fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold
and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues
peoples under me. – Psalm 144:1-2
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. - 1
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