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A persistent problem

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The following devotional is taken from "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young, and is written as if Jesus is speaking to you. The scripture is from the NIV.

When you are plagued by a persistent problem - one that goes on and on - view it as a rich opportunity. An ongoing problem is like a tutor who is always by your side. The learning possibilities are limited only by your willingness to be teachable. In faith, thank Me for your problem. Ask Me to open your eyes and your heart to all that I am accomplishing through this difficulty. Once you have become grateful for a problem, it loses its power to drag you down. On the contrary, your thankful attitude will lift you up into heavenly places with Me. From this perspective, your difficulty can be seen as a slight, temporary distress that is producing for you a transcendent Glory never to cease!"

Isaiah 30:20-21 "Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, 'This is the way; walk in it.' "

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 "For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
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PURPLEPEONY 12/19/2013 12:53PM

    I love this... "Once you have become grateful for a problem, it loses its power to drag you down. "

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CASTIRONLADY 12/18/2013 10:23PM

    Bless you for sharing this.

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TXGRANDMA 12/18/2013 10:01PM

    I will try again, Nancy, to leave a comment! I tried earlier today but at that time, both browsers said that Spark People was not responding!

I was saying that I learned a bit of this lesson this past year with all that I went through~ However, I think I still have a lot to learn in this area. It is so hard to focus on anything when your world is falling apart, though the scriptures gave me a lot of comfort!

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KAYDE53 12/18/2013 6:46PM

    Problems are a learning opportunity; I just pray that I can remember this more often when going through them. Great devotion; thanks for sharing! emoticon

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SUNSHINE192DAY 12/18/2013 9:15AM

    Sorry I forgot to subscribe so I have to leave another comment lol.

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SUNSHINE192DAY 12/18/2013 9:15AM

    I really needed this today and I'm subscribing to your blog. Thank you!

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