James 1:2-4 consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
I don’t know about you, but I know I have faced some very difficult trials in my life. Sometimes I’ve been to that point where I just ask myself, What else could go wrong? How much more can I possibly take?
Ladies, I struggle. When I’m facing challenges in life, I tend to forget to focus on God because this life can be so distracting. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the pain and lose perspective. This verse helps me to remember how God shapes us while we are persevering through the tough times.
I think back on some of the biggest struggles I’ve had and I can honestly say they made me stronger, sharpened my focus, and helped me grow as a Christian wife and mother. Even so, it’s so hard to remember this while I’m in the middle of something difficult.
The best cure I’ve found for this is practice. I know that probably seems trivial, but when you practice something it becomes habit. And I know I’m a creature of habit. Most humans are. We value routine and predictability. So when something hits you hard and knocks the wind from your sails, what do you do?
My ‘habit’ is to focus only on the problem and try to deal with it in my own strength. My mind reels trying to come up with a solution. Something has to be able to change this worry and sadness. And I’m right in that; something can change it. But it’s not my constantly playing over scenarios in my head. It’s our Father.
When I allow myself to worry and overthink, my mind becomes filled with things that don’t matter. My, how the evil one loves that! I have begun a new practice. At the first sign of trials, I pull out my Bible. My Bible has a great resource in it where it refers you to certain passages based on what you’re facing. If you don’t have that, a Google search will provide thousands of results!
This new habit doesn’t form overnight. But, like a good husband, we can be trained! Put a post-it on the bathroom mirror, on your car visor, or write on the dry-erase board on the fridge. It could say something like ‘Got troubles? Grab your Bible’. Whatever triggers you to grab the Good Book instead of focusing inward, that’s what will make you successful in battling these earthly monsters.
Remember, ladies. Ours is the Kingdom of Heaven, and this earthly battle we face will soon be over when we are welcomed into our Savior’s arms. Let’s take control over the evil one and conquer this world!