"Father, I'm so delighted that You are both loving and sovereign.....and that You cause all things to work together for good to those who love You, to those who are called according to Your purpose. So I thank You for each disturbing or humbling situation in my life.....for each breaking or cleansing process You are allowing.....for each problem or hindrance.....for each thing that triggers in me anxiety or anger or pain.....And I thank You in advance for each disappointment, each demanding duty, each pressure, each interruption that may arise in the coming hours and days.
In spite of what I think or feel when I get my eyes off You, I choose not to resist my trials as intruders, but to welcome them as friends.
Thank You that each difficulty is an opportunity to see You work.....that in Your time You will bring me out to a place of abundance.....I rejoice that You plan to enrich and beautify me through each problem, each conflict, each struggle.....that through them You expose my weaknesses and needs, my hidden sins, my self-centerdness (and especially my self-reliance and pride-or my desire to feel self-reliant and superior).....Thank You that You use trials to humble me and perfect my faith and produce in me the quality of endurance.....that they prepare the soil of my heart for the fresh new growth in godliness that You and I both long to see in me.....and that my momentary troubles are producing for me an eternal glory that far outweighs them all, as I keep my eyes focused on You.....I'm grateful that You look beyond my superficial desire for a trouble-free life; instead, You fulfil my deep-down desire to glorify You, enjoy Your warm fellowship, and become more like Your Son."
I cried through this and Nick came to take a picture of me (because He thought our dog was so cute.) I can't wait until next month when it's the 18th again. I love reading through this. It is a discipline that I'm glad to do because of the changed outlook that I gain through praising our Father!