Growth and development occur on two levels. We have voluntary growth through the willingness to better ourselves in education, health, jobs, faith, etc. Then, there is involuntary growth…the growth that comes from being forced into handling adversity or situations in life. At the time of the difficulties, it is hard to view anything positive coming out of the situations. Many times we struggle with our faith, our emotions, even our health. We flounder through the struggle, trying to figure out the best way to handle it. The simplicity of this, is that we have one of two choices. We can choose to react in a manner that uses wisdom, maturity, and trust in God; or we can react in a manner of rebellion, anger, and refusal to listen to ‘anyone’ besides ourselves. Both instances have growth and development. One is much more difficult than the other, and leads to a much more extended struggle than necessary. Why do we tend to choose the more difficult pathway in many instances? Why do we struggle with trusting God? God has promised us that He will never leave us. God promises us forgiveness, love, and direction…if we seek Him…and ask for His help. Life is full of development, and each day we will face something new. Our reaction to life is what determines our future. Make the choice to handle each day with God in control. Trust God with all your heart. Ask God to direct your steps. Let God into your heart, so you can grow and develop toward a much more fulfilling and peace-filled life.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path. PROVERBS 3:5-6

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. ISAIAH 12:2

God is with us.


© Layla Freeman 2017
Author of HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE and Layla’s Light
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