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"Many times they afflicted me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me" (Ps 129:2).
I firmly believe that God uses the people who frustrate or perhaps even infuriate us, to reveal more of what needs to change inside our own hearts. For years, I was a woman with a "short fuse." When life didn't go my way, I didn't know how to live. So I threw fits. Which is why God put Suzanne in my life.
"Wendy, if you squeeze a lemon, what comes out of the lemon?"
"Lemon juice, Suzanne. Why are you asking me this? It's a silly question."
"Because I want you to understand that life will always squeeze you with irritating people and unfavorable circumstances that you cannot control. Your reactions, in other words, what comes out of you when you are squeezed, belong to you. No one makes you behave a certain way. You, and only you, are responsible for your temper. Fortunately, you were not created to have a bad temper inside of you the way lemons were created to store lemon juice. Are you willing to believe that God will bring about change if you cooperate with Him?"
How do you react when life "squeezes" you? Do you lose your temper? Slip into depression and climb into bed? Abuse alcohol? Take drugs? Shop? Starve yourself? Gossip?
I encourage you today to ask God to hold a mirror in front of you and then grace you with eyes to see. Confess what you see, ask Him to forgive you, and then continue asking Him each day to teach you His ways. And be patient with yourself. One day at a time, sweet friend, one day at a time.
What does this have to do with healing? Just do it, and you'll discover the answer for yourself. Bless you, today!
Published on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 @ 9:26 AM CDT