Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Learning vs. Living it

HOPE S.H.A.R.E.D. (Share How Abba Relates Every Day)

J after surgery
J before surgery

My daughter, J, had sinus surgery on Monday.  She didn't want to have surgery.  Who would blame her?  It's summer.  She nine years old and wants to play outside (when it's not 100+ degrees like it is this week), go to swim practice, and compete in a swim meet later this week.

I didn't want her to have surgery.  Who likes to watch their daughter "freak out" when getting an iv and almost crying because she has to wait an hour with it hurting her hand?  Or watching her become frustrated with annoying nasal drainage?  No one does.

We want our children to only experience joys, not sorrows; health, not sickness; comfort, not pain; acceptance, not rejection.  We want to same for ourselves.  Don't we?

Then why do we have bad experiences?  Remember, we live in a world where people have chosen their own way, instead of God's way.  Life isn't perfect.  We all suffer the consequences of a fallen world, fallen from perfection. 

God wants to use our daily trials as training ground. 

With trials, we learn to trust God.   

With disappointments, we learn to depend on God. 

With lessons, we not only learn about God, but we live out God's promises. (or at least have the opportunity)

For J, this week is a week of trials, disappointments, and lessons.  She learned about God's awesome power last week in Vacationa Bible School.  This week, she gets to live it out. (or at least try to)  

What is God teaching you through your trial?
Are you only learning about God, or living out God's promises?

Romans 8:28  We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.

P.S.  By the time I finished downloading pics to post this blog, Jadyn feels much better!  She even swam this evening, praise the Lord!


  1. So glad everything went well, and that she's obviously having a quick recovery! That little live wire will be back to normal in no time. :)

  2. Well said, Stacy. We wish our children wouldn't have to learn hard lessons but that's exactly what they need to grow...same as us. I remember my son getting surgery at age 6--so hard to see our children suffering and frightened. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on B&BB and I'm praying you have a blessed week.


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