During the twenty years I’ve known Cynthia Howerter, I have witnessed her abiding faith during many challenging situations and have marveled at her closeness to God. She has a willingness and ability to share with others the lessons God ha...
--- Isaiah 40:31
How do you handle tough times? Do you give up and go into a depressed slump? Do you get angry at God and wonder why He let this terrible thing happen to you? Do you wonder if He took off for Rio and forgot about you?
What exactly is adversity? I’ve come to understand that the bad things that happen in my life are actually invitations to get to know God better.
When things are good in our life, we take the credit. We go about our daily activities focused on ourselves. It’s all about me.
But let something terrible happen—like a job loss or a serious illness—and we immediately cry out, ”I’m a good person! I don’t deserve this! Where is God?”
Let’s examine these statements one by one:
Yes, you are a good person.
Not deserving this terrible situation isn’t really the issue—because bad things are going to happen to everyone sooner or later. Whether you deserve them or not. Rather, our focus should be: what does God want me to learn through this trouble?
Perhaps God wants us to establish His presence in our life. Maybe He wants us to ask Him for guidance and direction rather than asking our friends.
It could be that the only way we can serve God is by personally understanding what it’s like to go through a tough time. Then when others around us experience unemployment, illness, or whatever trouble, we’ll understand what they’re going through and be a beacon of light to them as we share our story of how God provided for us during our tough times. We all want a beacon of saving light when we’re drowning in troubles.
Where is God when you are in the midst of disaster and at your wit’s end? He’s right beside you. Waiting for you to talk with Him, waiting to strengthen your faith, waiting to develop a servant’s heart within you, waiting to show you the way through the storm.
There is a way out of our tough times—a successful path, but not an easy one. It lies right in front of each of us, but many of us overlook it—and our questions are never answered.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. —Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)
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TO GOD BE THE GLORY
Photograph by Cynthia Howerter ©2013
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My co-author is La-Tan Roland Murphy, and our awesome contributing writers are: Alycia W. Morales, Beth K. Fortune, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Cecil Stokes, Dan Walsh, Deborah Raney, Dee Dee Parker, Eddie Jones, Eva Marie Everson, Felicia Bowen Bridges, James L. Rubart, Ramona Richards, Roger E. Bruner, Tamara D. Fickas, and Torry Martin.
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Last call to enter the book giveaway contest for God’s Provision in Tough Times. I’ll be giving away two free copies after the contest ends today (Friday, June 28) at 1:00 p.m.! All you have to do to enter the contest is: 1) be a subscriber to my Soar With Eagles website, and 2) leave a comment.
Winners will be announced at end of contest.
Can’t wait to see who wins!!
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The book giveaway contest for God’s Provision in Tough Times ends tomorrow, Friday, June 28, at 1:00 p.m. I’ll be giving away two free copies of the book, and will announce the winners on Soar With Eagles at the end of the contest.
In order to enter the book giveaway contest you must do two things: 1) be a subscriber to Soar With Eagles, and 2) leave a brief comment.
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Thank you to those who have subscribed to SWE and left comments! I am so touched by your response, and pray that God’s Provision in Tough Times will touch your heart.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY
Do you ever find yourself thinking that it’s just too late in your life for certain things to happen? I didn’t even realize that I do this. That is, until I took a lovely walk through the French Quarter in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday with my daughter Megan.
We stopped at an art gallery and admired numerous paintings by highly skilled artists. One piece in particular caught my eye, but the hefty price tag prohibited me from purchasing it.
Taking into account my age and my lack of income, I bemoaned my circumstances to Megan as she walked slightly ahead of me on a narrow sidewalk. “I love oil paintings, but I’ve never had the money to purchase any.”
Megan murmured something.
“What?” I called out to her. “I didn’t hear you.”
She continued walking but turned her head toward me as she repeated her comment. “Yet.”
“You haven’t had the money to purchase works of art. Yet.”
“Yet,” I repeated.
“Yet,” Megan affirmed.
In the window of another shop were photographs of England, the one place I’ve wanted to visit since I was eleven years old. “I still haven’t been to Europe.”
My daughter, diagonally in front of me on the threadlike sidewalk, muttered something.
She turned sideways, still walking. “Yet.”
“You haven’t been to Europe. Yet.”
Yet. I pondered the word, my foot twisting on a raised cobblestone. “Yet,” I said out loud.
“That’s right, Mom. Yet.”
“So what’s your point? I don’t have the money to buy art and I don’t have the money to travel to Europe.”
“Yet. You talk as though you’ve given up on your dreams. If you give up on your dreams, they definitely won’t happen.”
“I’m being realistic, Megan. I’m an unknown Christian writer who just started their career and hasn’t earned a penny.”
“Yet. You never thought you’d write a book, but you just signed a book contract.”
Yet. I stopped and let her words sink in. Yet! This child is right! I’ve given up on my dreams. Dreams can’t happen if we give up on them, if we allow them to die, if we stop pursuing them.
I hurried to catch up. “Yes, Megan. Yet! Buying fine art and traveling to England have not happened yet!”
She glanced at me and smiled, the teacher and student trading roles. “Yet.”
What about you? Yes, you. What dreams have you given up on? Maybe you should tell me while we’re having this conversation. I’ll start the sentence, and then you fill in the blank: “I have never…….”
This is where you need Megan: “Yet.”
Isn’t that three-letter word unbelievably empowering?
What’s your biggest dream? The one you’ve never told anyone, the one you are most afraid will never happen? I know you have one. This time, say your big dream out loud. Speak life into it. Revive it. I’ll help you begin: “I have never……”
And Megan says: “Yet.”
You see, what you are saying, in essence, is this: I have had this dream for a long time, but it hasn’t materialized. Yet. I thought my dream was dead because I thought it was impossible for it to actually happen. But if I remain hopeful and focused and keep my dream alive and continue to work, it could happen. Yet.
I’ll take the last turn: “I have never written a best-seller.”
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me such an incredible daughter, and for the opportunity to share her wisdom with my friends.
Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. Proverbs 23:18
TO GOD BE THE GLORY
Photograph: Cynthia Howerter © 2012