When Faith and Frustration Collides
"...whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31, KJV
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I have made some resolutions and written about intentionality like I'm sure you have, but there comes a time when resolve gets tested.
What do you mean?
Let's use my life as an example. If you read my book and been following my blog over the years, you know I'm big on transparency. What you might not know is how I have fought to stay afloat here as well.
If I looked at how things were stacking up naturally, it would seem as living my dream wasn't working because something isn't happening fast enough. I know those verses in The Word regarding patience yet I found myself justifying my frustration.
You see, I'm a firm believer that we can and should experience a range of varying emotions but it becomes sin when those emotions dictates the course of our lives and our decision-making.
The Resolve Test
So now that I've experienced frustration regarding seemingly stagnant manifestations of my dreams, The Resolve Test appeared:
- Okay, Candace, you're frustrated. Now what?
- It's not happening in your time frame, what are you going to do about it?
- Will you allow external forces you cannot control render you powerless over the attitude that you can?
- Which is greater—your purpose or the storm?
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I've been mulling over the right answers in my heart for quite some time, but two things were missing—passion and remembering.
My fire was dying, or dead, and it showed by taking fewer faith steps regarding my dreams. I've allowed the lack of encouragement from loved ones and minimal interaction with people start to kill me.
I realized I had an "I" problem.
Let me assure you by saying that the more you focus on yourself and the praise of people, the farther away from purpose you will grow because you weren't created for you. You weren't given your gifts, talents, or calling for yourself but the glory of God.
The Remembering Test
I found that when in the depths of my frustration, I was sulking and thinking about what I didn't have and what seemed not to work that I couldn't recall what God has already done. I had to take a moment and think about what He's already done and praise Him right there.
- First book published and released on April 20, 2015.
- First book signing in my home state was May 2015.
- Another book signing in Indianapolis July 2015.
- Appeared in Diversity Works Magazine July 2015 edition.
- First speaking engagement regarding my book in August 2015.
- Two speaking engagements in my home state—September & October 2015.
- Appeared in the October 2015 edition of She Magazine.
- and more! To GOD be the glory!
I didn't share this to praise myself because this isn't about me, but to show that I have a lot to be thankful for, especially since I know that I didn't make ANY of this happen on my own. It was all God! When frustrations of life tries to get you down, you have to think about what God has already done so you can stay in remembrance that it's not about you but all about Him. Now just keep an attitude of gratitude because your God is bigger than your storm.
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My faith met frustration head on, but it's up to me who wins. This post is part of the actions need to keep my faith in the seat of the victor because work is what keeps faith alive. Resolve Test—passed. Remembrance Test—passed. Gratitude—ongoing.
Post was first seen on www.ThePagesBleed.com.