Why God Allows us to go Through Hard Times
Author: Charles Stanley
Why I picked up this book:
I was so blessed by this book when I read it several years ago. As I have been organizing my office over the past several weeks, I thought it an appropriate time to revisit it. In this season of Advent, we wait for God and are reminded of our brokenness and desperate need for him.
Who Should Read The Blessings of Brokenness:
This book will strengthen, encourage, and bless anyone who is going through a difficult time, find themselves in a valley, is weak, weary, or suffering.
What’s in Store for You:
“Brokenness is often accompanied by emptiness—a void that cannot be filled, a sorrow that cannot be comforted, a wound for which there is no balm (9).” We suffer in this world because of its corruption, lack of knowing ourselves, or the gravity of our own sin. So God often takes us on a path of brokenness to remove the blinders from our eyes, and help us see more clearly. Through suffering, we become more like Christ, and the objects of our affection shift to pursue the purpose and work for which we have been called children of God.
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The year is drawing to a close and it has been a wonderful time of learning, growing, sharing, and writing. I will be taking a Sabbatical over the next few days and look forward to connecting with you in the New Year. There are some exciting things on the horizon and I can’t wait to share.
What to Expect in 2014?
In January, I will start my final independent study and blog series on the topic of biblical justice. I plan to continue some of my regular topics on Mondays, but will primarily be focusing on various justice topics and introducing you to a few new friends who care deeply about this topic. As part of this series, we will also have a “Refuse to Do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery” chapter-by-chapter book discussion on Tuesdays beginning January 7, 2014. I hope you will join in.
In the meantime, I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Here are highlights from the year to keep you company as you hopefully enjoy some days of rest:
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A friend of mine released a book that was titled, Permission Granted. I thought to myself, “That’s such a cool title.” Far too often, God gives us permission and makes us aware of things that we can do or should do, but for whatever reason, we do not respond in obedience to those promptings of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we don’t respond to a nudge because we are too distracted or too busy. At other times, we do not respond out of fear. I have observed in my ministry, that women often don’t respond to God’s prompting because of guilt, shame, or pride. Guilt brings the lie, “I could not possibly do that.” Shame follows with the question, “What would people think if I did that?” And pride is the tricky one because it masks itself in all kinds of ways. One of the uniforms of pride is the “Superwoman” cape. With this uniform comes the lie, “If I don’t do it, then it won’t get done.” It is a prideful posture and one that allows us to maintain a false sense of control. Most of the time, all of us are wrestling with the pressures of guilt, shame, and pride and we don’t even recognize it.
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