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Seeing though God's Eyes - A Training Exercise

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by , September 7th, 2015 at 11:18 AM (588 Views)
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This is a training exercise to help us all discipline ourselves to think more positively about life. For each seemingly-negative circumstance that we find ourselves in, let us list it here. And next to it, let's think about (and talk about) ways that God could be using it for our benefit.

By doing this, we can not only train ourselves to see our lives through God's eyes, but also lift up and enable our brothers and sisters here by our examples. Feel free to post past experiences as well as present ones you are facing now. It can be practical, spiritual, serious, funny - whatever you like. If you can't think of anything beneficial at all, post it anyway and someone else may be able to look at it from a distance and shed new light on it.
Grace, I will use my cancer as an example here. There is a saying, "I never knew my strength until I had cancer." And girl, that certainly is true!! I know alot of people who have had cancer, some recovered, some died. I have felt firsthand the fear and dread that come with the words, "You have cancer." I have cried those tears of anger (why me?!), had the responsibility of trying to figure out how to tell my family (I broke down bawling), and I've had the sleepless days and nights of wondering "what if". What if I die? Why me, and not my sister who smokes like a chimney? I asked these questions of myself and God.

It was 2 weeks between the time I found out I had cancer, and the surgery to do a total hysterectomy. I was positive that once they opened me up, they'd find more cancer than what they thought was there. But they didn't!!
I'm one of the luckier ones. I survived, and sometimes I feel guilty about that. So many die, yet I was saved. In the 4 years since my surgery, I've come to realize that I was saved so that I could share my story with others, which I do on here on a regular basis. I have a new sense of compassion for others now with the same illnesses I have/ had. I'm learning how to have more patience with obstinate people such as my mom and oldest sister. I am learning how to tolerate people that I don't care for. But most of all, I've learned that God can indeed change people's lives. He certainly changed mine by giving me cancer, and it's gonna sound crazy, but I'm glad I had cancer because it has taught me alot of lessons about myself, life, and God.
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