Reflecting on God's Goodness
Challenge Day: 33
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
1 Chronicles 16:34
To reflect on God's goodness I think you have to be able to see the good things around you, the blessings He bestows. If we are always focusing on the negative aspect of life or the tough times that come, we will miss the blessings. God doesn't want us to suffer, suffering is part of sin, and we will go through pain. But if you seek God, you will be able to reflect on His goodness. I have to admit that though I am a born and raised Christian, I never really had a relationship with God until this year. These past few months have been very stressful and it's through this time that I have seen first hand the love of God and His goodness. How, do you ask? I have made a decision to make time for Him everyday and ask Him to take my life in His hands.
First example, I didn't want to be yelling a my kids or raising my voice at them just because I was stressed, irritated, or upset. I didn't want my kids to be afraid of me or not trust me, I really wanted to learn how to talk in a nice tone and handle discipline in a more positive way. I made a commitment to ask God every morning to check my attitude and tone of voice and He has helped me with that. I found that I wasn't yelling at them and when they misbehaved or disobeyed they were disciplined and then we talked about their behavior. They were sorry and we prayed for forgiveness. Peace, that's example number two. Through these tough times, I have needed peace to relax and focus. I can honestly say that when I have asked for peace, God has granted me that tranquility that I needed to get through it all. God is is always there, he's just waiting for you to come looking for Him.