Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Overcoming

       This morning one of the first things I saw was a post by Toby Mac that said. "although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it" It is a quote from Helen Keller. If anyone understood suffering it would be Helen Keller. How difficult to not be able to hear, speak or see. I cannot imagine.
       Yesterday was a discouraging day. So I just got off social media. I mean people are complaining more and more about everything. I don't really want to be bombarded by negativity. Thinking back on the above quote reminded me of a favorite passage of scripture from 2 Corinthians 4:7-9,16-18,"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed...Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but the things that are not seen;for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal."

       This is such a great promise to us. Are you feeling overcome? Are waves pulling you under? With this pandemic and staying at home a crazy amount of time it is so easy to let it get to you. We also had an earthquake here in Idaho and the South is having tornados. I think we can't get discouraged by all this although I myself struggle too. I take one day at a time. Praise God for all my many blessings and concentrate on all I have to be thankful for right now. Somehow that flips the switch and I don't feel overwhelmed. Another way is to help someone else. That keeps the focus off ourselves.
       It is great to see so many people encouraging each other from our frontline workers, essential workers to kids doing sidewalk chalk to lift their neighbors spirits. I love all the creative ways people can love on each other. Blessings to you my friends! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!


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