trouble in paradise

If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it. I don’t embrace trouble; that’s as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you’ll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Breakthrough" oil on panel

Jesus says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

How often do we hang on the pain instead of the promises?

HE has overcome. Through HIM we overcome.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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4 thoughts on “trouble in paradise

  1. Steven Sawyer says:

    Excellent thoughts to post. Excellent art. You’ll have to excuse me now I have to go meet my trouble. It won’t take long it’s right around the corner.

  2. Richard L Rice says:

    It’s hard in the middle of our “temporary” trials to think of them as anything but burdensome. As we’re watching the outward being worn away, it’s difficult to imagine any renewal going on inside.

    Lord, keep my eyes fixed on things above, not on things on this earth. I believe; help Thou mine unbelief.

    Thanks for the reminder Judi. I don’t like any of it, but I too “keep pressing on.”

    • I think of the story of the mule. They couldn’t get him out of the well/hole he (she) fell in. So they were going to bury him. He kept stepping up on the dirt and soon was out of the hole. Truth or not? God says He has great plans – I trust Him! Wishing you sunshine!

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