Thursday, October 4, 2012

Survive and Thrive

How do you thrive ... when life gets tough?

When going through difficult times, so often Christians give up on doing the basics, because they don't "feel" like it.  Now is not the time to give up!  

  • Stay in the Word - you need to hear from God through reading His Word through your eyes.
  • Stay Praying - you need to hear from God in your innermost being.  If you are all "prayed out," just call on the name of Jesus and then wait and listen.  Sometimes during quiet times you'll be able to hear God speak.  Sometimes you just need silence to be refreshed.
  • Stay in your local church - you need to be involved in corporate worship.  Often, the Holy Spirit will touch you.when you've been obedient to His Word to not give up on assembling with other worshipers. So many times, church is where something is said that resonates with you and you get just what you need.

These things are what you do to survive when you are in a trial.

Our focus today is not only surviving but thriving.

May I suggest what works for me when I am in a dark place?

  • Worship, and then more worship: When you go through a bad time, the best thing to do is to sing yourself through it!  Ephesians 5:19 advises "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord."  You're putting positive thoughts in your sub-conscious by doing this instead of listening to all the negative things the enemy whispers to you about your situation. The enemy is a liar anyway - why listen to him?
  • Work:  The old saying that an idle mind is the devil's workshop is so true.  It is too easy to give in to despair when you are doing nothing.  Anytime I've thrown myself into good old-fashioned work, I've felt so much better afterwards.  The bonus is that at the end of the day, my house is cleaner, my to-do list is whittled down and I'm ready for sleep.
  • Watch for ways to help others: Instead of focusing on our pain, if we actively look for ways to bless others we will learn the secret of thriving in the midst of tough times.  If you are busy doing something to bless someone else, you won't have time to dwell on what's wrong in your life.  You'll find joy in giving (it's more blessed to give than receive) and you will kick in the law of sowing and reaping.  If you sow blessing, at some point, blessing will come back to you. Who but God would have come up with that idea?

The next time you face tough times decide to worship, work and watch for opportunities to bless.  You'll come through better than before!


I'm excited to link up at the very first Thriving Thursday!

Thriving Thursdays is a link up for family-friendly bloggers, who are choosing to THRIVE in their lives.  It’s a place for us to encourage and inspire one another to live life to the fullest–in Jesus Christ.

If you'd like to join in, visit Crystal at her blog, Serving Joyfully.


Crystal @ Serving Joyfully said...

Jerralea, thanks so much for participating in Thriving Thursday! These are fabulous tips! And you're right, so often when life gets us bogged down, the first thing we do is give up all those necessities...and then wonder why everything seems to get worse? Love this post and thanks for sharing it with us!

jennifer anderson said...

so cool