Thursday, March 22, 2012

Seeing the blessings/Refocusing

Lately, there have been a lot of tears as friends are losing their jobs. Friends, acquaintances, doesn’t matter who you are or how I know you or how often we speak to each other, if we do at all. Please know I’m thinking of you and praying for you.

I think about what I would do in this situation, how devastated I would be and how in a way, it can be a blessing- a tremendous, awesome blessing! You may think I’m crazy because you’re wondering what will you do? How will you pay the bills? What’s going to happen next?  Please do not think I’m being flippant, I’m simply trying to see the positive- something I try to do often.
I see this as a blessing because I know Who I have put my trust and faith in. I know Him who controls all things and will work this situation out for the good of those that love Him (Romans 8:28). I know what HE did for us when hubby lost his job a few days after our son was born (and, yes, we are DEFINITELY a 2 income family).

While you can’t see it now, it is a truly awesome time in your life. You get to grow and develop, start fresh (which is a blessing and bother at the same time at times). You get to see God’s plan for your life work itself out. (Jer. 29:11) How cool is that?

This time is a bittersweet time. Bitter because at the moment, it stinks- hardcore stinks. Sweet because it allows God to work out His purpose for you (Jer. 29:11) and for you to let Him lead you and guide you, showing you His awesomeness, grace, mercy, and goodness. There is excitement in the unknown as He opens doors and shows you new things about yourself, your abilities and character, and most importantly Him – His Providence.
Yes, it’s hard, but it’s also fantastic. Praise God for what you have and what He’s going to do for your life. Don’t forget to praise Him every day and thank Him for working out what He will.  During this time of turmoil and upheaval, seek Him, praise Him, thank Him. (Jer 33:3, Phil 4: 4-8, 11-13, 19). Let Him work in you to prepare you for your future work.

Col. 1:11-12 is my prayer for my friends/coworkers/acquaintances/anyone going through this time. I love you all.

I’m giving you a playlist in this post to help in troubling times. It’s amazing! J

To help with worshipping and praising, I’m giving you a playlist in this post to help in troubling times. It’s a compilation of some of my favorites that help me refocus and realize it's all gonna be okay- not easy, but it will be okay.
1. Sovereign over us- Aaron Keyes
2. Because of Your Love -Phil Wickham
3. Blessed be the Name of the Lord - Matt Redman (what helped me when hubby lost his job a few days after our son was born. He was jobless for 2 years.)
4. Be My Everything - Tim Hughes
5. How He Loves- David Crowder Band
6. One Thing Remains - Jesus Culture
7. Mighty To Save- Hillsong
8.  Our God is Greater - Chris Tomlin
9. Your Love Never Fails- Jesus Culture

1 comment:

  1. Amen! I needed this for a variety of reasons. Thank you Cheri!