Today I want to talk about how to reframe your thinking during tough times, right now I’m going through a difficult season and I’m needing to walk the talk even more.
It reminds me that God’s got a funny sense of humour and that He has a habit of answering prayers in the craziest of ways. So, if you’re not able to reframe your thinking around it you could really get floored. I think that this quote by Napoleon Hill explains it well:
“That is one of the tricks of opportunity. It has a sly habit of slipping in by the back door, and often it comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. Perhaps this is why so many fail to recognize opportunity. ~ (Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich)”
Sometimes when we ask God to help us move forward in something He creates a situation that feels like it’s the antithesis of what we actually prayed about.
Have you been there?
And how many times do we get frustrated or angry with God, lose faith or give up? And that’s what the enemy would luuurrrvvve.
But my journeying with YHWH has taught me a lot, and sometimes it’s a bitter pill to swallow but…
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These times call us to stand in faith and trust so much more, regardless of what our eyes see and our ears hear.
This is what I was slowly getting to in last week’s blog post on earning what you desire. It’s one thing to say you want something but a completely different thing to walk through the valleys and the storms and climb the mountains to get there!
So it’s not surprising that when we are being lashed around we cry,
“God, I asked for a fish, why did you give me a snake?”
But what if what looked like a snake to us, is actually a fish in God’s eyes? How might that change things for us, as scripture says:
He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
I don’t believe that God ever gives us a snake, but it might look like a snake to us. We can call it a disguised opportunity, a door that looks like it isn’t a door that if we walk through will take us to where we desire to be.But what if what looked like a snake to us, is actually a fish in God's eyes? Click To Tweet
I have examples of this in my life, and I’m sure that you have to.
-The time I became ill was horrible but, it was a doorway into a higher, healthier and happier version of myself.
-Then there was the time I said goodbye to the person I had loved for 16 years, when it was a doorway for God to teach me how to stand on my two feet and figure out how to be me.
-Or the time I stayed in the women’s refuge was actually a doorway to knowing, trusting and loving myself on a deeper level.
These were all things that I deeply desired wrapped up in a package that looked wrong on the outside.
And did those experiences hurt badly? Of course they did, especially because each time I thought that I had lost a dream! But you see, God sees the end from the beginning, and we don’t.
YHWH places that door of disguised opportunity in front of us because He knows that in the process of stepping through it and walking that we will experience the transformation and renewal that manifests our heart’s desires.
Reframe your Thinking
In the last two years alone, I’ve gone through a lot, highs and lows, some things I have shared with only a couple of people and through those storms what would have happened if I stayed on the wrong side of the door? I needed those lows to experience the highs – It’s the Law of Polarity in Action.
What if I had chosen to believe that this misfortune was from the enemy? How would things have turned out differently then?
This is why reframing our thinking is so important, it’s not always easy and it might not happen instantly but your mind is a muscle that can be used to strengthen your heart and vice-versa.
I believe that God does want to give us the desires of our heart so that we can live in liberty and abundance, peace and hope but it requires much more from us than just speaking it, we have to become it.
That is why I love this scripture:
“I, the LORD, search the mind, I try the heart, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.” (Jeremiah 17:10)
Maybe there is something that you have been praying for and you keep seeing the opposite, how can you reframe your thinking on this to help you stand in faith?
Or maybe you’re experiencing something really difficult and you’re wondering why and where is God in all of this, maybe He wants to use this to bring you closer to the desires of your heart? Who knows?
Hold on to trust and believe that God knows you in ways that you can never know yourself and He desires to bring out a new level of His glory in you and your life.
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