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12 Ways to Turn Your Pain into Praise

Sapphires from Psalms

Better Than Jewels

Get Real, Feel, Deal, Kneel, Peel, HEAL Finishing up our template on Praying Through, we feel God’s power to Heal. I love what David teaches us in Psalms about treading through our trials. David is constantly honest with his struggles, but he is ready to rejoice when God shows up. I love how he paints a picture of the Lord’s love for his kids:
Psalm 40:1-3, “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”
I want you to just stop for a second and get your head around this. God, the Everlasting Father, the Designer of the Universe, the Alpha and the Omega, “turns to you,” the person sitting in your seat. I spent most of my life feeling like Tennessee Trailer Trash, so the thought that the Creator of the Universe turns to me, blesses me to my bones. Does it have that impact on you? If it doesn’t, it should. Like an invested mother caring for her hurting child, God turns to you. Like a capable dad concerned about his wounded kid, our capable Father hears our prayers and focuses on us, and he has the power to handle what we cannot.
The next time you struggle, recognize that God is turning to you, you are that important to him. And he is ready, willing, and able to heal your pain. It's enough to give you the vapors!!!


October 05, 2010 @07:50 pm

I definitely think that your blog name should be "Savvy Choices" and perhaps with the subtitle of 'Responding vs Reacting'. The name "Savvy Choices" is more telling of what your blog is apt to be about, and therefore will ideally 'invite' more people to check it out and then find out all the good stuff you have to share. And about 'Fixing Stupid', it does not imply that the work to be done is on ourselves, but rather someone else - a spouse, a family member, etc. Plus, it definitely sounds too harsh and not inviting, and isn't one of the goals for your blog is to share Christ with others? About the subtitle Responding vs Reacting, that is something that came up for me several years ago when I had to deal with a difficult person in my work environment, who I did react to on occasion, but because of that work environment, I started to work on responding to her, which would tend to keep the situation from getting worse. Ever since then, and yes I still need to and do work on 'responding vs reacting', I have been working on this. In most cases responding keeps the situation from escalating, whereas reacting tends to make it worse and thus can cause more trouble for myself. What do you think?


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