A Life Changing Choice

I have a choice.  You have one too. 

“If you ask people who don’t believe in God why they don’t, the number one reason will be suffering.  If you ask people who believe in God when they grew most spiritually, the number one answer will be suffering.”

Wow, I just recently read this quote by John Ortberg in Michele Cushatt’s new book, *Relentless: The Unshakable Presence of a God Who Never Leaves. She wrote this book for “those who find their faith flagging, their fear fanning. It’s for the men and women who feel beat up by a faith that has failed them and a God who has disappointed them. It’s for those who doubt but want to believe.”

Does this describe you? Do you feel like God has forgotten you in the middle of your unexpected storm?  Does your mind flood with questions like “where are you God” and “why is this happening to me”?  Are you feeling heartbroken and alone and doubting God’s goodness? 

I know exactly how you feel.  I had these same questions.

There is something about being taken to a place of complete heartbreak where you have to choose either to run to God with your pain or run away from God in anger.

In the middle of my tears and devastation, I chose to run to God with my pain, and I want to encourage you to do the same.

Friends, this is a life changing choice.

God never meant for you to walk through your heartbreak alone.  He wants to give you the gift of His presence in the middle of the pain.  He wants to comfort you and help strengthen you as you fully depend on Him. 

Are you going to turn toward Him or away from Him?

I want to share with you a prayer I found in my journal. In the middle of your tears, cry out to Him and say,

God, I am running to you with my arms wide open. I need you to get me through this tough time. Please help me to keep my mind and my thoughts focused on you and you alone.

God wants to meet you in your pain in a way you never knew possible.

Michele shares in her book that “His presence is relentless.” Keep running to Him daily. He will strengthen you during this storm.

I believe going through heartbreak on your own is nearly impossible. But, going through heartbreak with God walking alongside you and even carrying you, leads you to place of great strength. 

I have a choice. You have one too. 

Love, Jodi

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One Letter Makes A Difference!

Her words jumped off the page at me. 

As I read the difference between these two words, it was a like a light bulb was clicking on in my mind.

Jennifer Rothschild points out in her book that “the only difference between becoming bitter or becoming better is the letter I.” 

Before I continue with her quote, let me share that Jennifer Rothschild is blind.  She lost her sight at the age of 15 due to a retinal disease.  In her book, Lessons I Learned in the Dark: Steps to Walking By Faith, Not By Sight, she shares some important truths she has learned as well as some struggles that come with her blindness.

Have you ever struggled with your life circumstances? 

Have you ever wondered why you have to walk the hard path you are facing? I know I have.  When life throws us a curve ball, it is easy to wonder why is this happening to me?  I am sure that Jennifer thought this same thing at age 15 when her world turned dark.

I think that is why her quote really stood out to me.  She says, “The only difference between becoming bitter or becoming better is the letter I. Approaching our difficulties from the standpoint of what I want, what I have lost, or what I think is fair will embitter us.”

I know that I have focused on what I have lost or what I wish I had as I walked through a hard circumstance.  Honestly, I think it is natural to ask the hard questions like why me, but the key is not to get stuck there. 

Jennifer continues by saying, “Bitter eyes can perceive only the injustice and the sorrow in our situation.  Grateful eyes, however, will always see the grace of God, regardless of how difficult circumstances might be.”

Friends, we want to move from bitter eyes to grateful eyes.

Let me say that this is not easy.  It is difficult to do in our strength.  But we can as we remember Phil 4:13. “I can do all things through Christ that gives me strength.” 

You might be saying, how can I be grateful for this hard circumstance. 

We are not thankful for the hard circumstance, but we are thankful for God walking by our side through the hard circumstance.

Fix your eyes on Jesus.  Thank Him for giving you strength each day.  Focus on His comfort and love.  As you do, you will see that this hard circumstance is making you better not bitter.

Love, Jodi