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Slaying Dragons

Well, chaps, here we are. The first of July. The first day of the second half of the thirteenth month of the century. A year the Mayans didn’t even think we’d reach, which just goes to show the even the folks who invented chocolate sometimes make mistakes.

On this auspicious day, I have decided to launch a challenge. Because I love challenges. I’m OCD like that.

UPW Tip of the Day: “My philosophy is to “kill the monster while it’s little.” The best time to handle a “negative” emotion is when you first begin to feel it. It’s much more difficult to interrupt an emotional pattern once it’s full-blown.” Anthony Robbins.

Here’s the challenge: for the next thirty one days I am not going to say or think any negative things. And I am going to consciously say and think positive, encouraging, life-affirming things. There are Bitterness Monsters creeping up, and they’re growing stronger and stronger every day. I need to nip them in the bud, and what better way to do that than to start while the problem is little, and can be tackled with such positive, life-affirming tactics.

Who’s with me?


Lesson #16: Challenges are OPPORTUNITIES in disguise

Yesterday I was talking about how, if you have a lot on your plate and you’re sure none of it can be taken off, and you live in faith in and dependence on our awesome God, He will equip you to deal with it. The amazing thing is that you grow as you cope. In fact pretty soon you can achieve it all with applomb through Christ, who will strengthen you.

He gives us challenges we can never overcome without Him, forcing us to lean on Him to. He works with us to overcome the challenge, giving us everything we need along the way. As a result, we acquire new skills, learn new truths, and grow in trust and fellowship with God. The more we depend on Him, the more we can accomplish.

It’s absolutely amazing to live in this state of constant state of growth, and it makes me excited (and nervous!) about the next challenge to come my way, knowing that it will be another unparalleled, God-given opportunity to grow in Him.

James1:2 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowingthis, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

Lesson #16: If God brings you to it, He’ll bring you through it.

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying before, but that doesn’t make it any less true. I have been struggling with my workload and time management. I felt resentful that I had to do so much of the housework, the home education, and earn a living on top of that. My beleaguered soul cried out, over and over, “It’s too much! I can’t do it!” I started to notice, more and more, that the refrain was changing to, “I shouldn’t have to do it.”

Angry and bitter, I poured my heart out to the Lord. I apologised for my attitude and asked Him to change it. I explained the predicament and promised that I would do as He told me, since I was already learning that feeling like doing something often follows actually doing something in faith.

I was led to two key passages. The first one is in Titus 2:3-5, where women are encouraged to be “keepers at home.” I prayed about this and understood that the Lord has a clear role for me in my house. It is my job to keep things health, clean and in order. What’s more, I love to do it and feel fulfilled when I do. I do need to train my children to keep their own spaces neat and tidy (that’s part of my job as their mother, educator and mentor), and I can lovingly encourage Papa Bear to do the same. But ultimately, it really is my job and I need to “do it all to the glory of God.” 1 Cor. 10:31

The second passage which keeps coming to mind is Proverbs 31. We all know the story of a virtuous woman – so hard to find. She does her husband good and not evil all the days of his life. His heart safely trusts in her. I have been such a failure in these areas and I confessed that to God. My continual prayer is that He will bring this passage to mind before I cross the line and sin against my man, and so far He has. Not that I’ve always heeded His gentle admonitions …

The other thing about this virtuous woman is that she has a number of enterprises on the go. She buys and sells cloth and land. She plants and harvests. She makes clothes. She sells the goods she’s made and she gives generously to the poor. She works late and rises early. She makes sure her staff have work to do, and that her family have food and clothing. Because of her industry, her husband is well respected and confident to appear in public, in a role of importance. He knows he will never be ashamed by his wife’s actions, words or tales. In fact, he blesses her and teaches his children to do the same.

I have a lot to do but I am in no way as accomplished or enterprising as this lady. And my attitude to it all stinks. I was behaving like a spoiled child, and I realised that we have the assurance from God that “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Cor. 10:13

The things I have to do at the moment are all things that I really do have to do. It’s not a matter of poor time management or an unfair allocation of roles and responsibilities. This verse (above) means, in essence, that if I have to do it, then I can do it, because “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13

Realising this truth (on a daily basis) has encouraged me enormously. I have come to see each challenge as an opportunity … but more on that later.

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