Tribulation: trib·u·la·tion ˌtri-byə-ˈlā-shən Anyway you look at it, life’s pain and trouble aren’t pretty. There’s almost never a road map for the season when sickness, suffering, or sadness present themselves. It isn’t easy to face hardship with joy. And that’s why this week’s Monday Mindset is to take Romans 12:12 and set my mind on each word. What am I to rejoice in? It’s easy to be confused by the current main stream and think that to be growing in godliness I must will myself to see joy in all of life’s pains. Does anyone else ever feel a bit morbid trying to feel joyful because of suffering? I think of the life of Christ as he was often moved with compassion, even to weeping, over death and suffering. So it isn’t the hardship that I find joy in, but rather, my ultimate Hope is where the joy and source of rejoicing is found. And my Hope is in Jesus, the Gospel, faith birthed by the Spirit.
That first part was a bonus for this week, but where I really need to rest is in the middle of that verse. Patience. Patient in tribulation. Isn’t it interesting that Paul says patient, because my flesh says push through tribulation, distract yourself in tribulation, wish yourself out of tribulation, or even ignore tribulation. So as I struggle through being sick again (in RL) I am breathing this verse in and settling my spirit with the truth and hope of Be Patient.
Finally, I just love Paul’s heart for believers to pray. Constant in prayer. Pray without ceasing. In every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Continue steadfastly in prayer. At first, in my life of faith, I was overwhelmed by his exhortation. It seemed “super spiritual.” But then slowly the Spirit taught me to direct my self talk to Him rather than to myself. You know those internal thoughts we all have. Yes, those. Changing them from circular, where the start and end is me, to vertical where it starts with me but its hopeful end is Him.
I don’t know what this week may hold for me or you, but I’m resting in this Mindset.
Have you heard of the IF:Gathering? I’m okay with being behind the times. :: Christianity Today
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If you’ve ever felt this tension: parenting is not a technique to master, but a day-by-day trek toward greater patience, deeper love, and gutsier faith :: Poem: Book Learning on TheArtofSimple.net
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