Recognize one blessing in your life that may be "in disguise." It is something that looks like a negative, but you have found it to be positive in your life.
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"But He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
I have been married and to my dear unbelieving husband for 20 year. We have 4 great kids ages 18,16,14, and 12. God has used our unequally yoked marriage to help me to see my sin and repent of it and for me to truely know how to love my husband with the love of Jesus. His refining fire is a beautiful thing! God is always at work around us and we just need to be willing to join him! A neat blessing this morning after my 6am WOD....I heard the sweet sound of song coming from the kitchen. My husband was singing "Come To Jesus" by Chris Rice. God is good ALL the time.ReplyDelete
Beautiful - thank you for sharing. My husband too was an unbeliever when we married. Through God's grace that has changed and he is trully the spiritual leader in our home. I struggled and grew personally to become a more lovng and Christ like wife.ReplyDelete
Needed this today!ReplyDelete
Meggin~ i read this and thought of you. Was going to send you the link. But you already found it. I was needing this too!ReplyDelete
Awesome, stuff. I've had a couple big challenges in life that have in the end been a good thing or have at least strengthened my wife and I in big ways. First, before we were married or even knew each other, I was in a bad ski accident and was hospitalized for 3 months. I was in a coma for about 2 weeks and had to work back from a nearly vegetative state to learn to sit-up again, learn to walk, learn to talk, brush my teeth, tie my shoes, and just learn to function again. It was a really trying time for my family and I, but I could literally feel/see God's hand in it all and He brought me to almost a full recovery after about 2 years. In that time, the whole course of my life changed - I was disqualified from pilot training but was allowed to finish my last semester and graduated from the Air Force academy, I met and married my beautiful wife, and started a new course in life with a new found appreciation and commitment to God and His plans for me.ReplyDelete
Since, we had two great boys, who offer a different kind of adventure and challenge in life, but just after the second was born I came up for deployment to support the efforts in Iraq. My wife was scared to death to be alone with two boys and a minimal support structure on the opposite coast from family, but she took it head on. It turned out there were many more challenges than just being a single parent for more than 6 months that made it the toughest time in our life together, but once God brought us through it all and into the next phase of life we have been able to recognize even more how blessed we are. Now my wife and I are stronger, better off than ever and are grateful for our blessings even through the challenges we've faced since. It's all part of life, but in the end we know that God is in control and as long as we have Him we will be ok and will be forever blessed.
I have a son with Cerebral Palsy and Autism. Many people ask "how do you do it?". I tell them that he is my inspiration a lot of the time. I can do things that he will never be able to do. When I think "no, I can't even try that." I think again and say "why not, why not at least try" I'm amazed at the things I have accomplished with this attitude. At 44 I am more mentally and physically fit than I was in my 20's. Without my son would I work as hard as I do? Would I even attempt some of the things I have done? I don't know the answer. Having a disabled child helps me to see what a glorious gift God has given us. We have bodies that are capable of many things. We need to appreciate every breath we take, every step we step, every challenge that we overcome. This is why I believe the sport of CrossFit helps us to glorify God with our bodies. It makes us dig deep and see what we are truly capable of, under any circumstance!ReplyDelete
The Corinthians quote is wonderful. Reminds me of the importance of celebrating the gift of movement through space, as during a cf wod. I am a created creature moving in a striving way to encounter the rest of creation. It makes me think of Genesis. What a WOD that was! Exercise, purposeful movement is, or can be, a prayer of gratitude for God's love in willing existence to exist. I'll think about this during my strength workout tonight at, of all places, CrossFit Purgatory here in Tucson, AZ. I'll strive for PR; prayerful reflection. Thanks folks who put this site together. I was told about it last year and only checked into it today. Wish I'd visited sooner!ReplyDelete