I have refined you, though not as silver;
I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. Isaiah 48:10
Raise your hand if you like afflictions
Nobody. Right? Well guess what? Afflictions are good for us. So are trials and tribulations and struggles. Before you click off my blog and tell me I’m crazy. . .
No, it’s not misspelled. What brand of n-a-c-r-e do you use?
Of course that begs the question, what on earth is necra?
Nacre is the filmy layer of goo an oyster secretes to cover a grain of sand that has embedded itself in the oyster shell and become a nasty irritant. The necra eventually hardens around the irritating grain of sand and exerts so much pressure on the grain of sand that it over time it becomes a beautiful diamond.of inestimable value.
Back to the main question– what brand of necra do you use? Of course we don’t have any necra laying around when things irritate us to the point of distraction. Walmart doesn’t carry it. either. And there’s no limit to the kind or severity of irritants we experience. The irritant can be is pesky as a snoring spouse or a banging toilet or a neighbor who parks two of his wheels on your grass.
Admit it. Things and people irritate us almost every day.
Unlike the oyster we don’t have any goo to make the irritation go away or turn it into a sparkling diamond. If we don’t dispatch that pesky irritation, it will continue to fester and gnaw at us and make us miserable.
Let me share a two-step process it is guaranteed to minimize or completely eradicate any irritation you might experience.
Bathe yourself in Psalms
It doesn’t matter which Psalms you read. Just open your Bible and start reading Psalm after Psalm. . The Psalms will begin changing your attitude and lifting your Spirit. Reading Psalms will give you an entirely new perspective of your irritations and give you God’s perspective and scriptures on how to handle them.
Remember, recite and meditate on Romans 8:28
Romans 8:28 is not just a promise God makes to us. It is something God does for us in our daily lives. First of all every choice we make and everything we do gets filtered through God’s love and grace for us. And he uses our choices, decisions and actions for our ultimate good. So if you are dealing with irritations in your life keep in mind that God is going to turn it all into something for our good.
And bye bye irritations .If you don’t believe this method will work for you, try it and prove me wrong.
She was five. Already brave and outgoing. And, like her dad, a type A who never met a stranger. But she tip-toed around water. She was okay walking around in the shallow end wearing her swimmies. Those kept her head above water.
I thought it was time she lost her fear of the water. We moved down to the waist-high area of the pool. I stood in the water a few feet from the edge.
“Jump in, Leah,” I said.
She would have no part of it. She stood on the bank with one of those 5-year-old “No, I’m not going to” defiant objections.
“Oh, come on. Daddy’s right here. I’ll catch you.” I spread my arms wade apart. “I’ll catch you.”
“No! I’ll get water in my nose.”
This war of pleas and objections went on for 10 minutes. She finally worked up the courage to walk to the edge of the pool. “Hold your nose and jump in,” I said. “I’ll catch you. I promise. Just trust me.
She finally held her nose and jumped. I dunked her head under water for two seconds. She survived! She thought jumping into the pool and daddy catching her was a blast!
So, my five-year-old jumped off the edge of the pool and daddy caught her . . .again and again . . .for the next 45 minutes! She never got tired. Daddy did. Or we’d still be at that pool.
Once my daughter learned her daddy would do what he said he would do, she trusted him.
Isn’t that true with our Daddy? When we learn once that we can trust God to do what He says He will do in a circumstance we surrender to Him, isn’t it easier, the next time to trust him with another circumstance or trial or dilemma?
“Well, [pause] yes,” he said. [Pause again] “Sometimes you may have to.” Continue reading →