Monday, February 15, 2016

When God Asks Us to Sacrifice

As a little girl, I remember flipping through magazines, dreaming of the life I would have someday as a wife and mother.

The home I would build--the meals I would prepare--the fun things I would do with my children.

But sometimes, God asks us to put all these plans on hold.

God never promised life would be easy, but he does promise to never forsake us.

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Deuteronomy 31:6

Our attitudes when we are met with these challenges and subsequent challenges can deeply determine the amount of time we spend in trial--we are either helping or hindering the process.

Often, it feels unfair when God asks us to sacrifice so our spouse may learn a lesson. 

But who are we to question God's plan? Do we really know better? Why is it so hard to humble ourselves and say "God, I give this to you, please help me through"?

Because we are human!

We want things to be stable, comfortable and good all the time!

That's not how this works though, not for anyone no matter how much money or success they seem to have.

What determines our level of success is not our own skill or production, but how we help others in times of need. 

We all know the song: "this is my commandment, that you love one another that your joy may be full!"

God tells us that in our own sacrifices, when we help other, we will find joy!

What a wonderful promise!

Ladies, if we are able to adjust our attitudes and mindset, just think of the blessing we might be to our families, friends and those around us.

Is this something you can commit to? Could you commit to praying for others instead of about them? Could you commit to God's plan instead of pushing for your dreams right now?

I will leave you all with this thought and prayers for all of you in this week ahead!



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