We listened to this book because it was on the “recommened because you read…” section. In some ways, it was a much slower paced book and harder to listen to. In other ways, it was just as enjoyable as Anne or Pollyanna. I did enjoy the consistent focus on God and the importance of service in the book.
Matthew 6:34 tells us not to worry about tomorrow, because each day has enough trouble of its own. However, each day – even in trials – also has joy. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4). The reminder to rejoice came from a man in prison for preaching the Gospel. Every day is a new opportunity to see, feel, do, and become!
If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. This is true whether you allow the difficulty to defeat you or you rise to overcome the obstacles. This quote reminded me of pearls. A pearl begins when an irritant enters a mollusk. We can let the irritants of life get under our skin and give up OR we can create something beautiful. You choose how the challenge changes you.
Even when we decide to make the most of the opportunity to overcome, we still have fears. If we are still alive and breathing, that is reason enough to keep going. If we have enough, the possibilities far outweigh the obstacles. When we focus on the positive in gratitude, fear is driven out!
Our soul, through the Holy Spirit can share everything with God, even when we don’t know the words (Romans 8:26). Best of all, we can take everything – our fears, our heartaches, our sorrows, our joys, and our victories – to the Father. He wants to hear from us, any time about anything!