"Falling in love is the easy part.
It is quite different from being in love.
If you are blessed,
you fall in love with your spouse again a little bit every day.
Love is a choice,
a decision to love no matter what the day brings.
You are in love because you choose to be in love.
You made a promise, a commitment, to love each other."
Author Unknown


Thursday, January 10, 2013

God’s revelation in our suffering

Below is an excerpt from a little book in our library called “Seeking a Simpler Spirit” by Deborah DeFord.

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C.S. Lewis once said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures. God shouts to us in our pain.” With each joy and happy surprise, God’s whisper says, “I love you this much.” With every sorrow, every ache, every loss, God’s shout says, “You need me this much”.  Our pleasures are the buoyant resting places of our lives that energize and elevate us. Our pains are the training ground, the wake-up call, for the kind of gutsy understanding, wisdom, and commitment that turn us firmly toward God.

There are many ways in which suffering has the potential to make us stronger, more compassionate, more aware of our dependence. And I know that when people seek God in the midst of suffering, looking for understanding in all of God’s messages in nature and Scripture, their gifts and their pleasures, they often find hope and courage and a sense of purpose that has otherwise eluded them.

We will all have our share of suffering before we die. Insofar as we let it turn us toward God, let God speak to us through it, and exercise the spiritual muscles that God is inviting us to develop, our suffering can become a powerful engine for good in this life.

At the heart of God’s presence is love – love for each of us both as we are and as we can be.

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FlowerLady Lorraine

4 comments:

  1. Wondeful
    I do know
    that without God's word
    constant prayer
    in my lifetime
    I would not be here
    at this moment.
    The peace I have now
    is a gift
    I do not take for granted.
    Thinking of you...

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  2. Wise words well written that help us all on our journey through this life on earth after the loss of loved ones.

    Dearest Lorraine, my thoughts and prayers remain with you as you continue on your journey.

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  3. Lorraine, I came here through your comment on Rhonda's blog. I just wanted to wish you strength through this difficult time, and to let you know I'm thinking of you.

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  4. Dear Lorraine, Beautiful quotes in your post today, and may they truly be your experience. God is so good. PS. I love the picture of your husband waving to me as I type this comment. :)

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