Fairy tales...they are a part of our childhood. We listened wide-eyed and no matter what tragedy the story unfolded with, in the end we heard, "and they lived happily ever after."
Isn't that what we all thought our lives would be like. We'd grow up and find the perfect mate, the perfect house with a white picket fence, have the perfect family, and die a perfectly happy & healthy old woman.
I am sure I am not only speaking for myself, when I say that there are a few chapters in the book of my life that I would choose to leave completely out.
But I know now, that God has placed them in my life for a specific purpose. And some especially painful chapters are there not just for my benefit, but for the benefit of others. If it were not for "these unwanted" chapters, I would have not been molded and shaped into the woman of faith that HE desires me to be. I would not be able to reach out to others now walking where I have walked. In HIS likeness I now can.
What HE desires for my life is what really matters, and it has taken me quite a few years, or chapters, to realize that fact and to place my faith and trust in HIS hands, not mine. Points we all will discover sooner, rather than later:
But as Anne Graham Lotz so boldly proclaims, "JUST GIVE ME JESUS!" Yes, just give me Jesus.
As the story of the potter is told, we are the clay in HIS hands. When we are in the heat of the furnace going through the fiery trial, JESUS is there watching the thermostat. The heat of the trial is transforming us into a spiritually stronger woman.
When we ask, "How much more can I take?" Be assured He knows.
"Why can't I come out of the fire right now? I can't take much more."
HE is waiting for the perfect time. A time when I am ready. A time when I am complete. A time when I am a beautiful "piece" that is ready for use.
JESUS is there by our side.
Just as real as your spouse is sitting next to you, be assured, that is "how real" JESUS is by your side.
When we are saturated with HIS WORD, and hide it in our heart, HE is so close that the cloud of fear is dispersed.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
These words from the book of Isaiah have been the "spikes in my shoes" when I wanted to just break down and run from the pain of trials. As the chapters of my life have been added, and as I grow in faith, I KNOW without a doubt HE will be there watching and speaking to my heart during the fiery trials. HIS desire is to shape me into the woman HE desires me to be.
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