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Everything has a Price to Pay

There is a story told of a man who lived unhappily in a valley, who wanted to get to “the Peak.” He met a wise old man who lived on a peak and it changed his work and life forever. The old man told him that all our lives are full of peaks and valleys. He likened it to our heartbeat. “Like a healthy heartbeat, your personal Peaks and Valleys are an essential part of a normal, healthy life. So are the Plateaus, if they are times of healthy rest when you take stock of what is happening and pause to think about what to do next. Peaks and Valleys are not just the good and bad times that happen to you. They are also how you feel inside and respond to outside events.” So, he went on to say that we can make good use of our time in the Valley. There are valuable lessons to be learned in the Valley and, you can’t stay on the Peak if you are not prepared. Even though the old man lived on the peak, he would go down into the valley from time to time for provisions. He told the man that both physical peaks and valleys, and personal Peaks and Valleys are connected. How? He told the man…”The errors you make in today’s good times create tomorrow’s bad times. And the wise things you do in today’s bad times create tomorrow’s good times. People who use a Peaks and Valleys approach during bad times make things better when they return to basics, and concentrate on what matters most.” If you look back over the course of your life I’m sure you can see the Peaks and Valleys. I know I can. He told the man “the path out of the valley appears when you choose to see things differently.” Can this story be applied in today’s life? The answer is yes. Can it be applied to your life? Probably. After departure of our son I went into depression. Fortunately for me it was only for few weeks as God came to my rescue so fast – within those few weeks God had brought the real purpose for this great pain – to draw close to Him; and to show me why He had trusted me with so much pain,  there was a price I had to pay for my healing! I had to cooperate with God!

For those few weeks I thought it was the end of life for me; I now see that it was the beginning of a new, glorious life. My despondency caused me to withdraw from the world around me and offered a rare opportunity to become intimately acquainted with myself. Desperation provided the motivation required to delve into areas of my being that had never been explored, and to make some vital changes within. Although depression is not something that I would have chosen for myself, I am now grateful for the blessings I reaped because of it: an understanding of my true identity and worth, an intimate relationship with God, and a strong faith in Him to protect, direct, and provide.

My perspective on suffering has changed. While unpleasant, I know that pain serves a purpose in the life of a Christian. I am also keenly aware that while our difficulties may seem insurmountable at times, there is nothing that God cannot do, and nothing He cannot use for our good. Have you been through a valley OR INSIDE ONE?– a pain, a hurt, a loss of a loved, discouraging doctor’s report or are you going through a difficult financial situation?

Learn not to rely on others.

Spiritual healing does not come from other people apart from one self. There is a saying: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for one day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This same principle applies in Spirituality as well, and even though it is ok to receive spiritual healing from others in some cases, it is best to become independent and develop the ability to heal ourselves. When we rely on others, the distress can return later and then we are not equipped to overcome it. However, when we do healing on ourselves, though it may take longer to see results, since we are independent in overcoming the distress we can overcome it even if the distress returns. In addition, we develop qualities that are beneficial to our spiritual growth by becoming independent in spiritual healing like discipline, fighting spirit and perseverance. This in turn increases our spiritual capacity, which can reduce our distress even more.... “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:5-9

 Don’t Stop Believing

Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 

However heavy the odds against you or however difficult the circumstances, you should never accept defeat but continue working until you achieve what you seek to attain in life.” author unknown.

 All of your days have already been written in God’s book even the hurting ones.  When you go through disappointment, don’t stop on that page, stay the course. Keep believing.  You may be tired, discouraged and frustrated but don’t give up your future for our God is faithful.

 Do or Do Not, There is No Try

Healing especially spiritual and emotional healing requires a personal decision.  You have to believe that the circumstance you are in right now God knew about it and its only Him who can bring forth your healing.  Spiritual warfare has so many different faces.  We need to humble ourselves before God and ask Him for strength, to understand His will especially when life is hurting.  There is no try.  We just have to humble ourselves before God and ask Him for His help. Just do! Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 (ESV) Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life especially when you are hurting.

 Don’t give up. Keep walking.

Sometimes our circumstances are permanent and will never change.  So whenever we are feeling overwhelmed and we are on the verge of giving up always turning to the bible for some inspirational quotes. The bible not only gives us inspiration but it motivates us to find another way.

James 1:12 blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

 Count your blessings

Sometimes when we are undergoing pain or hurt in our lives, this saying may not make sense. But we should remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. –Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!  Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:  Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,  Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,  Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1–5 “

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

What is your comfort zone? Comfort zones are those invisible barriers that make us feel safe and secure. All of us have our comfort zones. Some of us surround ourselves with them. Some of us live in them. Some of us visit them. And some of us have learnt to ignore them.

When we get used to something, or when we have done something in a particular way for a while, or when we just don’t want something to change, those are times when we find ourselves in a comfort zone. When Comfort zones develop they can make us feel so secure, we never want to change the way we do things! And so often we can become scared of what might happen if we move out of our comfort zone. When hurting it is so tempting to stay in pity partying. Wishing this or that did not happen. Leave water sitting in a pot for two or three days and the stagnate water starts to smell bad. So what do you think happens when we stay in our comfort zone — we stagnate and soon we smell bad; get depressed.   God wants to be in involved in our pain. He does not want us to stagnate and smell bad. He wants us to heal in His way; God wants us to carry our cross. It does NOT matter the cross given to you! Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. He’s saying: Make a SACRIFICE, Be willing to take some weight, be willing to identify with Christ, no matter the cost. Let’s not get comfortable, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong crowd. Leave the comfort zone, and enter the cross zone. “People may doubt what you say, but they will always believe what you do.” Nannie Helen Burroughs

Growth takes time as healing from any situation takes time

We live in a microwave society. We want what we want, and we want it now!  Even our healing! The problem is, growth takes time. Take a look at plants and how they grow. The seed has to be planted in good soil, watered, and given the proper amount of sunlight. It takes time for the seed to sprout and become what it is destined to be. Take away any of those elements and it will not grow.

If you are frustrated with your growth (spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, financially), take heart. Don’t get frustrated with the process. Keep the goal in mind and stay focused. Have faith! When you haven’t seen a child for a few months, aren’t you amazed with how much they have grown? The funny thing is that the child does not see what YOU see. Sometimes we are too close to really see the changes taking place in our own lives. When a child is conceived, it takes 9 months for the child to be born. You can’t rush the process. It is nature’s way of preparing the child for living outside of the womb. Look at the obstacles you face with different eyes. God’s timing is perfect. He is always on time….every time. Quit worrying about how things appear and trust that God will help you through it. He will help you grow and fulfill your destiny. Don’t try to rush the healing process. You just might miss the blessing of the journey. Enjoy the day you have before you and learn to live in the moment. Your destiny will unfold when it is time.

Comforting thought of the week

“Everything you want in life has a price connected to it. There’s a price to pay if you want to make things better, a price to pay just for leaving things as they are, a price for everything.” Harry Browne