Month: October 2014

Suffering joyfully. #3

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This I think will conclude my posts on Suffering joyfully. It’s 230am at the moment,  and I was so close to just sleeping. Then I was lead to my Word for Today app ( an awesome app with daily scripture studies and Amazing writings for upliftment. Look it up on play app and check it out, download it even) 

But through it I was able to find a verse from the bible. It spoke to me and where im at and is the icing on the cake for what I’ve been posting on in the last couple of posts.
I took a picture of a section from Lamentations- the bible was given to my aunty in 1988, my aunty used the bible as her own and passed it down to my mum in 1993 (or earlier), and then mum used it to study from… It’s amazing when i go through it and see verses that they have highlighted and made notes on…. It’s Amazing how relevant it is in this day in age and to me; at a different time in life compared to mum and aunty.  I love it!

Here’s the snapshot of the section in Lamentations: 3 I came across, hopefully it brings everything together for what you can be going through maybe.

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This verse solidifies so many things: if you don’t know of God, you aren’t one to Pray or be spiritual, or maybe youve been way to busy to Pray again and you’ve put God on hold… This verse says that God understands, and He loves you too much to not give you a million and more opportunities to begin again.

God Bless! x

Suffering joyfully Pt.2

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Been quite a long time since I’ve blogged and I’m blaming assignments and life lol…. But I did have the most hectic last couple of weeks of university, and every time I came to add to this post, I always end up not finishing…. Sometimes I just don’t wanna write on it, and so every time I’ll start another post and try to write on something else, it’s like God pushes me write back to finish this lol

since my last post I’ve had an urge to keep writing on suffering joyfully. In that last blog, I wrote about when I experienced a pretty tough day and how that inspired me to understand again the meaning of “purposeful suffering”. I felt inspired to reassure my self and hopefully others, that suffering at times, is God allowing us to know right from wrong, it’s believing in Gods timing and when we suffer with a faithful heart God promises to compensate.

Pain = God saying: “I will personally go with you.”

Personally. Meaning, there is no battle he wont win for us. Not a tear we shed is going to go to waste… Not a feeling of sadness He will ever delight in. That’s the way God works… He is a Loving God because He we are  precious, so not a thought of worry or pain does God want us dwelling in…. And although we are guaranteed more days of suffering (by default because we live in an imperfect world)… God promises that we will never stay there!

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In saying that…

I’ve learnt quite harshly just in the way our world is, that there is so much suffering definitely not of God. This type of suffering comes from abused Free-Will.
….And man do I see it everywhere, daily, and sometimes even in my own actions. It hurts every time I stop to think about how in control we all are of the amount of pain caused by the things we say, we do, and the things we ignore.

Poverty. War. Bullying. Abuse. Infidelity. Lies. Pride that causes insecurity. Insecurity that feeds inflicted pain.  Greed. The unkind words. Neglect. A parent’s pain.

….so many things that I can’t think of right now… But basically anything that we do that goes against “loving others as much as we Love ourselves”….
And I don’t say it lightly,  cause I fall into the same type of actions sometimes. But when I had to think about suffering and really really think about it…. I’ve come to realise that the type of Suffering that is of God for His individual plan for us feels different…like, You know that everything happening ‘in a worldly view’ doesn’t look good, yet in your heart and within your spirit, it’s like you feel that it won’t last Long…. That in a weird way, it’s all meant to be. The type of pain that feels peaceful at the same time. That type of suffering is joyous.
But on the flip side,  is the suffering we produce. And even that feels different. It feels dirty lol. Its the pain that hurts the most, pain that stops us in our tracks and separates us from God. It feels wrong, and looks ugly. That kind of pain that produces little hope.
But what makes both types of suffering similar is that God promises to eventually get us out of them when we lay it on Jesus to carry the burden on His cross and we believe in Salvation. God demolishes suffering caused by the world because He loves those he created.

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The love of others for others inspires me so much.  I believe so much that there is plenty of goodness in even the most selfish people because goodness is innate, love had already been embedded. And I think that we all have the capablity to reach lower than ourselves to Glorify a God higher than us! I so dream of that opportunity and  praying for God to give me that window to give back and help others…. But at the same time, I think that all that is required to stop pain and suffering for others, is.. loving God to Love ourselves… Then from there the domino effect! The filter of knowing this ‘love’ that fits everything into place!

Love this little piece of writing I found on the net:

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Having this attitude sets the spirit to branch out… 🙂

And the final pic for this blog is one I took yesterday evening on the way home. It was so rainy,  and the whether was pretty grey; I enjoyed showering in the rain lol but in a matter of minutes of all the heavy rain… I managed to capture this shot. The sky was something else, beauty at its purest.

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(Yeap, take a look at how beautiful South Auckland, New Zealand is haha 😉