Faith

Recently and even before with all the things I’ve been through, the people who really know me sometimes ask “how are you so happy?” or say “you seem pretty happy even though”…

It’s kind of funny because I sometimes wonder…I have always tried to think of the positive in life and keep going from there.  When I was sick, it was much more difficult, but I tried my best.

Even now, with the teaching thing(I didn’t tell you everything…that could be tons of stories!!)let’s just say it didn’t end well, the furniture thing, and today being scammed.  Tonight, I actually started to laugh because I sometimes feel like I’m being tested.  When I was really sick and going through a lot, a friend of mine asked me if I ever read the book of Job in the bible.  I had to confess that I hadn’t.  He suggested I read it.  It was very inspiring! If you haven’t read it,here’s a summary: (from http://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Job.html )

Brief Summary: The book opens with a scene in heaven where Satan comes to accuse Job before God. He insists Job only serves God because God protects him and seeks God’s permission to test Job’s faith and loyalty. God grants His permission, only within certain boundaries. Why do the righteous suffer? This is the question raised after Job loses his family, his wealth, and his health. Job’s three friends Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar, come to “comfort” him and to discuss his crushing series of tragedies. They insist his suffering is punishment for sin in his life. Job, though, remains devoted to God through all of this and contends that his life has not been one of sin. A fourth man, Elihu, tells Job he needs to humble himself and submit to God’s use of trials to purify his life. Finally, Job questions God Himself and learns valuable lessons about the sovereignty of God and his need to totally trust in the Lord. Job is then restored to health, happiness and prosperity beyond his earlier state.

Just think, it’s easy to be happy and praise God when you have it all!  But how strong is your faith, when it is all taken away?  The hard things in my life have made my faith stronger than ever.  I might not go to church all the time, or even read the bible all the time, but I do pray quite often!  The hard things in life remind me to be thankful even more for my safety, my health, my family, my friends, and everything!  I don’t feel bad when I think about all the things that I can be grateful for.  It’s like today (on a Sunday) when I saw the garbage collectors, coming around picking up garbage smiling away!  Who do I know is happy to do that line of work and especially on a Sunday?  I love being here because I’m reminded all the time of how happy people are with being alive, healthy and safe!

I think another hard part for me was that the guy today started talking about God.  Don’t bring God into the story when you are scamming someone!  If karma or whatever you believe in is out there, then this guy has it coming…you just don’t do that.   Isn’t that like right up there with stealing from a church or something?  Ok, maybe not as bad, but still…

Anyway, my whole point of the post is that it’s okay when bad things happen…it just opens up the door for other good things to happen and for you to be more grateful for who you are and what you have!

I don’t have a picture to go along with this post, but this quote is now one of my favorites!

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