Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

challenges – life is filled with them

I’ve been thinking a bit about challenges.  It seems that life is filled with them.  Challenges can be a good thing.  It can motivate me to be a better  person, to do greater things,  and/or to help others.

Yet challenges can also be trials or (to keep it positive) opportunities to grow.  Sometimes the challenge is so great that it does make me want to quit and give up.    Challenges can shake me to the very core of who I am.  Yet when that happens  God is still there. 

C – Choices  — Do the right thing even if it doesn’t ‘feel’ right.

H – Heart  — Guard your heart  (Prov 4:23)

A – Attitude  — positive or negative it is up to me.  I may have no control over the  situation but I do have control over my attitude.

L – Letting go  —  God is in control.  He will take care of me and the situation.  I can trust Him.

L – Listen  — Let us be silent that we may hear the whisper of God.

E –  Enjoy — There are still things that we can enjoy even in the midst of the most trying circumstances.  Look beyond the problem.  Focus on something that is good. 

N – Nice — be nice.  Don’t take it out on others.  No matter what the problem – rudeness is not acceptable!

G-  Giggle  — find something to laugh about — it releases stress. 

E – ??  Can’t come up with another E — any suggestions??

S – sorrow — remember joy does come in the morning (Psalm 30:5)  Sometimes the night seems really long but in the words of Helen Steiner Rice “This too shall pass.”

Sometimes it seems that it will never end.  That is when I know that I have taken my eyes of the One who holds my life in His hands.  God is at work in and through each and every situation.  He has a plan (Jeremiah 29:11)

til next time

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September 12, 2009 - Posted by | just thinking about stuff, spiritual reflections | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. How about “Encourage” for the other “E”? It’s easy to fall into the trap of being really critical about everything and everybody around when struggling through a challenge. Forcing oneself to find and to give encouragement instead of criticism during such times can sometimes result in a strengthened resolve and you never know when that proverbial hen may come home to nest…encouragement that might not otherwise be there could end up being returned when the person might not even realize they were needing it.

    Comment by LisaB | September 13, 2009 | Reply

  2. I like it Lisa — good E! We all need encouragement and giving encouragement talks our eyes off us.

    Comment by Gloria | September 13, 2009 | Reply

  3. Good list! Can I quote you to yourself the next time that you are facing a challenge?

    Comment by Pastor Curt | September 14, 2009 | Reply

  4. here’s a comment from the posting of this blog on facebook.

    [You’ve gotten me thinking of E words now. So I opened my bible to look for a few suggestions. How about :
    EFFORT- Hebrews 12:14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men, and to be holy
    ENDURANCE & ENCOURAGEMENT- Romans 15:5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus
    EVEN-TEMPERED-Proverbs 17:27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
    EVER-INCREASING- 2 Corinthians 3:18 We who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit…. Read More
    EVERLASTING LOVE- Jeremiah 31:3-4 I loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness. I will build you up again.
    EVER-PRESENT -Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

    Ok, I’ll stop now. lol. I got on a roll there for a sec.
    Nice post! Thank you!]
    Thanks Tonya — great ideas!!

    Comment by Gloria | September 17, 2009 | Reply

  5. I then asked about a different “S”. here is what I got on facebook

    [SELF-CONTROL – Galatians 5:23 & 1 Peter 1:6
    SERVANT- Philippians 2:7
    SHINE- Matthew 5:16
    How’s that? :). ]

    very good — thanks for the imput.

    Comment by Gloria | September 17, 2009 | Reply


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