Stumbling Blocks

My classes started this past Monday. I have Issues of Christian Counseling for my counseling class and Behavior Modification for my psychology. It surprises me how much they relate to each other and things going on in my life when it really shouldn’t because I know God is doing the guiding in my education.  It’s funny how in some areas of my life I can surrender to God were in other areas I struggle to give up control.

Recently, there was an area in my life where I was fighting for control. Things seem to be going okay then I hit a few stumbling blocks. I would find myself to the point of wanting to throw my arms in the air and saying, “I give up things are never going to change” and I would lose focus of my main goal. Foot-in-pain-CopyYou see hitting those stumbling blocks hurt and I would find myself needing to take time to attend to my wounds first. In all this, I would pray to God to help me. Then something would change. Help would come from an unexpected person or thing and I would find encouragement, love, and hope again. I would start fighting again to gain control.
On one day I hit the same block I kept hitting and I got upset because I thought I was getting nowhere but something new happened. It seems as if the block moved a bit out of the way but after a few days, it came back again. I look around and saw the best way to remove the block was to sacrifice something precious to me and give up control. So, I placed my precious gift into someone hands I trust to hold on for me. In doing this I created new stumbling blocks that will take time and a different kind of strategy to remove. After attending to my wounds and praying to God for strength and courage I believe these are the blocks that God wants me to focus more of my efforts on so I can attain His goal for me.

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

In case you are wondering some of this week class lessons are about relationships, discerning the Holy Spirit, and behavior modification with 1 Corinthians 13.

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