Things You Need To Know About Suffering

I’ve been reading this book called ministry is and it talks a little bit about suffering. I believe there’s still a lot that we don’t know about suffering. But I do know that there’s one person in the Bible who knows everything about it.

The reason why I started reading this book is because I wanted to be an effective minister to people who are parenting their children with autism and special needs. This book has been very encouraging to me as it has helped me to understand how to be a slave to Jesus, how to have quiet time with Jesus, How to love others like Jesus, and how to understand exactly what it is that we have to do to minister to other people like Jesus did.

In Isaiah 55:9 it says, ” Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, my thoughts and my ways are higher than yours.” That verse ends with: “my thoughts and my ways are higher than yours.” It is a reminder that he knows all and we are here not to try to understand it all but to learn how to suffer well through it all. 

There are a lot of times where I’ve shared my story with others and I’m emotionally wounded all over again from explaining what is taking place in my life in our family. you can be very hard sometimes to talk about our story over and over again but I know that God is with us. He tells us in Philippians 4:6-7 and I paraphrase “Be anxious for nothing but in everything pray with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God which passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Sometimes we need to ask ourselves some questions and write down our answers on paper. I asked myself recently are you causing your own stress and suffering by trying to control everything? What are the stressors in your life right now in detail? Are you talking to anybody about your stressors? Are those people helpful to you or are they hindering you? Last question is change possible? Is there anyway you can reduce the suffering and stress in your life? 

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