Wednesday, November 17, 2010

How You See your Circumstance is All About a Choice

The title for my blog today comes from a song by the group 33 Miles, called "Jesus Calling".

Bad things happen, but we have the power to decide how our circumstances make us feel!

I have been told that I have a "Pollyanna" attitude many times. If you are familiar with this Disney movie, then you know that Pollyanna was a little girl who ALWAYS searched for the good, in every situation. Her parents were killed, and she had to live with her aunt...later she fell and broke her legs - and would never walk again. She looked for the good in all situations.

I always make the best of things. I trust God!
My firm belief is that everything happens for a reason, and God will not let me down.

If something bad happens, and there are bad things all around us, I believe it is up to me to learn something from it.

This is sometimes easier said than done. For certain, I still get depressed. I still cry, and blame myself. I still have feelings. But I do not let the "bad things that happen" rule my life!

I pin them on Christ and watch Him work through the challenges that have been presented to me.

If we follow God's directions in the Bible, we will walk with Him, and he will guide us and uphold us through all the difficulties our world may bring up on us. It is our decision whether we look up on the challenges as ways God is teaching us, or if we view them as the awful things that are thrown in our way to keep us from following the Lord!

So many people walk away from God, because they feel He has given up on them! I tell you, God will NEVER give up on any of us! We can sin, and we do, but He will always forgive us and be willing to take us back as His sons and daughters.

I am thankful for His forgiveness, and for His understanding that I am not perfect. I will make mistakes, and learn from them that God has blessed me in more ways than I can count. It could always be worse...I could lack the trust in God that he will make my life into something that will bring Him Glory!

Dear Lord,
I pray that I will see my circumstances as Your way of showing me how I should live.

"...give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18

"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control." 2 Tim 1:7

"I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved." Psalm 16:8

"Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be moved." Psalm 55:22 (AMP)


  1. I really relate to this post. We have had a lot of challenges this past year, but through it I have learned that I can trust God. He is always faithful and He always has a purpose and a plan. I can trust Him!

  2. Thank you, Lisa!
    It means a lot that you would relate to this post and possibly learn something from it! :)

  3. Kristen, I too try to find the good in everything and I have a rule to just believe the best about people... it's challenging at times for sure. I loved what you wrote because I believe there is a point in our walk that we stop asking God "why is this happening to me"... feeling sorry for ourselves and we start asking Him "what do you want me to learn." It's a Spiritual maturity thing and huge blessing thing because it marks a time where we begin to see the best of Him in all things. Great post!

  4. This has been an ongoing theme for myself and many of my dear sisters; joy despite our circumstances. No matter what comes our way, we have to make a choice to keep our eyes fixed on Christ and keep His joy. Thank you for this post.

  5. Thank you AveryHome and Jenifer! :) I appreciate your feedback!

    It is a choice, to keep our focus on God's plan for us, and live for Jesus instead of in our own views of what we think our lives should look like!

    God Bless you!

  6. Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog.

    Have a nice day!

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    Have a blessed day!