I'm sure you have heard the saying that "life is a test" and if you think about it, it's very true. I find myself facing the same dilemma's all the time. And even when I finally get it and handle a situation the way that God wants me to, I just graduate to the next episode.
As a wife and mother of 3, you can only imagine some of the issues I have dealt with. The good news is, that's how I get experience and wisdom under my belt. Everything we go through in life is ultimately going to help someone else when they are being tested in a similar situation. The people that walked with me during my trials had been down a similar path and helped me keep my focus on God through it all. My Mom was and still is one of the people that I can always depend on for that. She used to tell me, "You don't want to go that way, I've traveled that route." I'm so glad that she loves the Lord and she has taught me a lot about life and trusting God.
There are no guarantees in life. God is in control and if we walk with Him and trust Him, we will find peace in the most difficult situations. You can only learn to trust God by going through some things and seeing Him deliver you out. No one can tell you how to trust God. People can encourage you to keep your faith and hold on to God's unchanging hand.
My husband and I have toughed out a lot of issues. After being together for 17 years and married for 14 years there were many, many tests that's for sure. At one point I had to learn how to focus on God instead of him. It may sound a little harsh but let me tell you, that's when our marriage began to improve. We are now in a place where we truly respect and trust each other but it hasn't always been that way.
Whenever you find yourself facing many tests of life, if you focus on God instead of your circumstances, He will deliver you and work it out for your good. So the next time your daughter sneaks out, or your spouse says something hurtful, or someone criticizes your children, remember this is only a test. If you fail, you will get to retake the test until you pass. Now isn't that sweet?