So, I appreciated this post (H/T Jean):
We also fear being weak and vulnerable and dependent, yet this is what God desires. God intentionally places us in positions were we must rely only on Him. Our comfort and our provision come from Him. When we see our weakness and inability to fix or change whatever has befallen us God rejoices! He says, “Yes, now you are getting it!”Also, this one from Jean quoting Nancy Guthrie:
We often hear people talk about the "victorious Christian life." But isn't the life of a Christian really more about bending the knee, humbling ourselves, and taking up a cross?And this one on responding to trials (I have never heard of Martha Peace her books, but am curious about Damsels in Distress). H/T Georgianne
I don't know what the cross will look like for you. I just know it will require a death to your desires and your dreams to carry it. And it won't be easy.
But I also know that as you die to yourself. God's life will take root and grow within you.
And that’s the point. Mrs. Peace reveals how trials may initially bring out the worst in us: anger, bitterness, fear, laziness, self-focus, etc. And isn’t that the truth? Our first reaction to stress or tribulation may expose hidden sin that needs to be purged, as the “worst in us” is revealed. Yet, as Mrs. Peace points out, God uses conflict and trials to expose and show us our sin, prune it off, and grow in us the precious fruit of righteousness (Hebrews 12:11).Then this one, No Rest for the Wicked. H/T Georgianne
One of the tough things about growing in grace is the way that we don’t get to pick the next battlefront nor the pace of that battle in our growth in sanctification.And finally, this post from Paul Tripp on A Sad and Celebratory Community.