By Carol DeForest Shinde
“Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.”
These two verses resonated within me. I don’t know. Perhaps it’s because I am so often afflicted with my health issues. I was encouraged by these verses. They reminded me to press on. Continue serving the Lord despite the circumstances.
In the book, The Traveler’s Gift, the archangel Gabriel talks to David Ponder.
“Circumstances are rulers of the weak,” Gabriel said, “but they are weapons of the wise. Must you be bent and flayed by every situation you encounter?” David frowned. Smiling, Gabriel pressed his point: “That is a question, David Ponder. Are your emotions and resolve controlled by circumstances?”
…”Circumstances do not push or pull. They are daily lessons to be studied and gleaned for knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge and wisdom that is applied will bring about a brighter tomorrow. A person who is depressed is spending too much time thinking about the way things are now and not enough time thinking about how he wants things to be.”
There is so much truth in those statements. Circumstances do not need to dictate to us how we feel. Or rather, we don’t have to allow our feelings to dictate how we will respond in any circumstance. The Lord gives us the strength to rejoice in hope, be patient in affliction, and be persistent in prayer.
All three of those things work together. They work ideally when they are practiced together.
I have to admit, I’m not as strong in prayer as I should be. When my prayer time is lacking, I find it hard to focus on rejoicing in hope or being patient in affliction. Prayer is essential and I seem to falter during the times when things go well. However, when things get bad, I am right there crying at the feet of the Father. That is so fair weather of me. I don’t want to be that kind of friend to anyone. Most of all, though, I don’t want to be that way to God.
Diligence is definitely not a strongpoint for me. Well, not all the time. How funny that sounds. I’m only diligent sometimes. That’s a bit of an oxymoron. I know I’m not alone in this though. We all struggle and have our weaknesses. However, the Lord is so gracious to us. He recognizes our weaknesses and gives us the strength and conviction to turn things around. Thank the Lord He is persistent and does not lack in diligence. Thank God He is fervent and patient. Jesus was that perfect model that exemplified all that Paul states in Romans 12:11-12.
So, let’s press on. Let’s practice diligence, have a fervent spirit, and serve the Lord. Let’s rejoice in hope, be patient in our affliction, and continue to be persistent in prayer for each other.
“The Travelers Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success” by Andy Andrews; May 2, 2005
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is a single mother to her 8-year-old son and will be getting married
very soon to a wonderful man who understands the ups and downs of
chronic illness. Although Carol has a number of health issues, including
dysautonomia, she refuses to let them have her.
Carol has been featured on www.OptimalHealthSeekers.com radio and you can listen to her interview here: Carol Shinde: Spirit of the Pheonix. Writing since she was a teenager, Carol started blogging about 5 years ago. Having an affinity to singing, music has been a major part of her life since she was 2-years-old and continues to play an important role to this day.
God is ABSOLUTELY her strength and her song. Hear her sing here.