A Devotional

I received a devotional book from a friend for my birthday. What a great little book. It is called Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.

These are a couple of excerpts from January 22: “Anything that tends to make you anxious is a growth opportunity. Instead of running away from these challenges, embrace them, eager to gain all the blessings I have hidden in the difficulities.”

And “Don’t waste energy regretting the way things are or thinking about what might have been. Start at the present moment – accepting things exactly as they are – and search for My way in the midst of those circumstances.”

These are hard words to live by. SERIOUSLY! I just read about the passing of a home school dad in our community who has been fighting cancer for a while now. The really sad part is his wife suddenly passed away not too long ago. Three kids are left behind…one six years old, one teen, and one in between the two.

How do you “accept things exactly as they are – and search for My way in the midst of those circumstances” when it comes to situations like this? I could give so many more examples like the one I just mentioned. How difficult, yet I know those words are so very true.

We can’t live our lives with regrets and what might have beens, or we get stuck there. To constanly think on a situation or circumstance is to relive it and the pain it caused over and over.

There is a balance, a very fine line between grieving and holding on. I speak from experience. I was a hold on-er, and a griever too, I guess, for how can you hold on without grieving? The key, the most difficult task of all, is to grieve and let go, and to do so in the proper timing…which is different for each individual.

I am learning to accept things exactly like they are and go from there. Going from there holds the greatest of all possibilities.

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