Let’s talk about discouragement, because it’s been in far too plenty of a supply these days. Grab some tea, listen in on A Happy Home’s first podcast*, and ponder changing the eyewear.
We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.
“What you see in the circumstances around you is dependent upon the lens that make up the glasses upon your face.”
Three sets of glasses to try on:
1. The glasses of opportunity
“Difficulties are opportunities for our growth and sanctification, not enemies nor proof of our failures.”
2. The glasses of vision
“This, too, shall pass.”
3. The glasses of gratitude
“The more we look for things to be grateful for, the more our joy grows.”
What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
Lamentations 3:22-3 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Psalms 77:9 Hath God forgotten to be gracious? hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies?
Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Romans 5:3-5 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Psalms 144:15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose Godis the LORD.
* What’s a podcast? Click here for a very clear explanation, given by my very marvelous husband.