#thistooshalllast Day 1: Story - Where do I find grace in the hard things or suffering in my story?
For years my answer would have been pointing to a god who forgives my sin because someone else suffered for me. But if Jesus suffered on my behalf, why did my story remain one of pain? And if Jesus suffered for others, why did those closest to me have to experience the pain I inflicted upon them? Why, lost in my pain and trying to cope did I miss years of my son’s life? Or how about the two marriages I destroyed because I wouldn’t (or maybe couldn’t) face my demons?
The second step invites us to trust in a God who is able and willing to restore us to sanity ... and the god I knew was neither able nor willing (at least not in this lifetime). No, grace came with a new God, one found in the same sacred texts but bearing a completely different identity. No need for suffering. No need to inflict pain. No need for retribution. Instead, just an invitation to new life, one that began with a kind of grace that invited me to set aside shame and the justifying defensiveness that came with it.
In it’s place, an unconditional loving embrace that held me close while inviting me to look honestly into the mirror and face the ugly that looked back at me. The lies, deception, and manipulation. The infidelity and the abuse. The continually reconstructed facade of being something more. But also the courage to finally face the monsters behind it all with the assuring voice that all these hard things and all this suffering wasn’t for not. Rather, it can all be redeemed ... and from the divine view, it already is.
And so that courageous battle continues. One day at a time. Facing the struggle of this moment. Embracing the opportunity found in this moment of suffering. Where do I find grace in my story? It began with changing the story I told about God and now I see it everywhere in my story.
I chose this picture because it was while exploring the parable of the prodigal that the story I tell about God began to dramatically shift.
Thanks for the invite @kjramseywrites .
This August I have both felt and sensed huge energetic changes within my life. I’ve not only felt this personally but professionally around me with my cliental.
These changes have allowed me to question my deeper decisions and reflect on any repeated patterns. With the changes, came sacrifice (or a loss of what may have once been a need).This lead to suffering. Suffering is something we allow to spread in our minds, our bodies even years after it occurs. I have witnessed this with the people I meet, people I see. And so suffering was one of the words that stuck out to me in meditation. So I ask, why is suffering so important? Why do we suffer?
I believe suffering is a contributing factor for our successes. The emotional pain we feel allows us to connect with our truth. We always remember the lessons, you know the one we never but do forget - things can always change. We therefore learn to appreciate and cherish what we have. For anyone that’s going through some suffering - be alone, connect within, write it down and figure it out. You can only grow from this experience. Grow your intelligence within your mind and through your heart. ‘’Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional’’ Buddha.
I wish you the knowledge you seek. 👏🏼✨✨✨❤️ love and light #grow#whatdoesntkillyoumakesyoustronger#onelove#universe#truth#truthseeker#lightworker#fighter#warrior#freespirit#iamamencallo#love#life#freedom#suffering#sufferingfromsuccess#slippin#sufferinginsilence#igotyou
Can you rejoice in your suffering? What an odd thing to be asked to do. To rejoice in suffering is not simply finding the silver lining in a hard situation. No, we are called to REJOICE in suffering, to "feel or show great joy and delight" is something that causes us to anguish. But the fruits of that action, doing the harder thing and rejoicing in suffering are made clear. Endurance, character, and finally, hope. And that hope is followed up with a profound promise: Hope that does not disappoint because God’s love has been poured into our hearts. You have the capability. Deep inside you have already been given the tools, now it’s time to do the harder thing and use them. Rejoice. #DoTheHarderThing#DTHT#Rejoice#Suffering#Faith#Life#Support#Community#LifeSkills#Growth
Do you experience suffering?
There is nothing wrong with pain, in some cases we might want to seek it out. Suffering on the other hand is unnecessary. It can be avoided and minimized. .
The difference lies in perspective. The beliefs you hold about it. Disappointment and failure is a TEST. The only way to truly fail is to not get back up and try again. Suffering is when you allow a failure to reflect on your ego. This comes when you think you are a master. Stay the student then everything is a lesson.