Spiritual Spankings!

I’m glad I have struggles. They are just that. Struggles. What doesn’t kill me only makes me stronger. Every time I endure another struggle, I’ve come out of it with more zeal for life. I appreciate them because they make me less critical and judgmental, less egotistical and prideful. I’m reminded how small I am and that He only gives me what I can handle. God loves to discipline us because He cares so much. A parent’s love never comes without discipline. How much more regarding the Heavenly Father’s love? If you love the Lord, you’ve got to embrace His discipline. Everyone suffers. The only difference between Christians and unbelievers is that Christians understand a bit more what the pain is for, while unbelievers do what they can to numb it.

Hebrews 12:1- For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Pain is a kindly, hopeful thing, a certain proof of life, a clear assurance that all is not yet over, that there is still a chance. But if your heart has no pain — well, that may betoken health, as you suppose: but are you certain that it does not mean that your soul is dead?  ~ A.J. Gossip


Just looking at a picture of the Universe makes me feel like I’m just a quark or a free ribosome…whichever is smaller. 🙂 A person’s struggles are even much smaller.

By His Grace, Sheela (via sheelaleigh.com)


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  1. I totally concur! I have endured the same and have realized that GOD’s chastisement, His tests, and His difficult hurdles were all intended for my very best interests. I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful, heavenly Father. I can tell that your heart yearns to know GOD and you realize as I have that trials only help us know Him better who endured far greater suffering.

    1. 😀 Amen! How many times must He bring us to that point just for us to realize we must shed old skin so we can grow more mature! When I’m at my wits end, the one thing I’m really grateful for is my relationship with the Heavenly Father. I can also tell you love Him so. 🙂 Be blessed with more wisdom!

  2. Sometimes I still catch myself trying to numb my pain and yes like you said, it’s really God – avoidance. But glory be to God, by grace I have a relationship with Him and I’m reminded to get back on track. Thank you!

  3. I have tried to numb pain/or deny my struggles, but really I was practicing God- avoidance, hiding in the bushes like Adam and Eve or imitating Jonah and buying a one way ticket on a fast boat to Tarshish. Then I realized that I was being ‘refined’ like silver…yes, what doesn’t kill us does make us stronger, but even that added power boost is not as great as His. Praise be to that!

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