The Lord has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations. - Psalm 98:2
Have you ever had one of those days where nothing was going your way, and you just felt like God was against you? I know it’s an over-inflated ego thing to think that way. But that’s partly why I wrote my book, Reframe you Life. In that book I try to outline how you can change the way you view your life.
Have you ever sat in the doctor’s office waiting for the doctor, and he’s running late. You become irritated at the doctor and his lack of consideration for other people’s schedules. But instead of getting irritated, have you ever thought to use that time to think through more carefully what issues you want to discuss with the doctor, or to stop and think about your day, your week, or the things you want to do and people you want to call, or stop and use the quiet moment to spend some time praying for your friends and family.
That’s just a small example of reframing your thinking. Reframing will keep you from asking the “why” questions in life and just accept those things that don’t have answer and move on. Yes, there’s still pain to work through, but it helps to realize that everything in life hasn’t been targeted to you. God is not your abuse. He is not your past. He is not all the bad and hurtful things that happened to you. He is a loving God who wants the very best for you and who went to great lengths to let you know how valuable you are. So valuable that he allowed his Son to go to the cross for you.
Learn to reframe your thinking and you’ll see life differently than you ever have.
“I’m not funny. What I am is brave.” - Lucille Ball (1911-1989)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
Whether he was there or not during your youth, your father has shaped and continues to shape who you are and how you function in every aspect of your life. And while our culture devalues the contribution that a father makes to a family, it is clear that those of us with an absent or detached father have an empty, undefinable longing–for Dad. Making Peace with Your Father offers you a comprehensive look at the role of the father. It celebrates the positive influence a dad can have and uncovers the consequences that absent or abusive fathers have on their children. Most importantly, it takes you through eleven steps that will move you toward forgiveness so that you can make peace with your earthly father for the pain or difficulties he has brought to your life–allowing you to develop a closer relationship with your heavenly Father.