An important aspect of reflecting is to do it within your relationship. If you are past the honeymoon phase and the googly eyes stage, then you'll understand what I'm talking about. Reflection helps you remember the good days and the bad ones. Hopefully, the good outweigh the bad. If not then take a moment to think about why the bad was so bad. Is it that you haven't been able to forgive your spouse? Or is it that you don't know how to forgive yourself?
I find myself having to reflect more and more these days. Partly because my hormones are all over the place and everything (including my husband) irritates me 22 hours of a day. Mostly it is because of the storms we are going through right now. I've made it no secret that our finances aren't always the best. With me in grad school and not working, we've had to stretch a penny into a dollar, countless times. Nonetheless, we are still standing and still fighting to stay afloat. But it was something I learned in Sunday School that grabbed my attention. I often wonder why my trials are my trials and what did I do to deserve them. It's not that I question God, but that I question myself and my actions. In Haggai 2, I learned that God will orchestrate events to get your attention so He can speak to you and help you grow. He may take things away or put a blessing on hold until you are mature enough to appreciate it and Him. This changed everything! I'm learning to stop wondering what I did and focus more on what God wants me to do. What lesson is God trying to teach me?
So far, I've learned that I need to really release control and work on my issues. I've also learned that I need to release my anxieties and stop worrying so much. Yes, it's all easier said than done. This week, I challenge you to do some reflections of your own. Go back and read Haggai 2 and look at the messages God spoke to the children of Israel and what priorities they needed to reshape so that they could focus on God and not man. Then look at your own life. What is the hardest trial you are facing/have faced and how did God bring you out? What lesson did you learn and were you able to share your testimony with someone else?
The hardest part of life is going through a storm with no detours. Life's lessons can't be avoided, but the best teacher is always available to guide you along the way.
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