Annoucing the release of the new book, "What To Do When Difficulty Appears."
Here's are a few excerpts from the book:
"When difficulty appears in life, we have the power to choose between discouragement and development. We may not always anticipate when the winds of adversity will blow through our lives, but we can always determine our response to difficulty, temptations or trials.
Why is it so important and vital that we understand and accept the reality of our power to choose development in the midst of trials? For one, proactive and intentionally godly decisions and behaviors put us in the driver’s seat for our lives. Behaviors that are negative “knee jerk” reactions to difficulty will give that power away to the circumstances we face, even give it over to other people and ungodly influences.
Under the pressure of things like toxic relationships, financial pressures, unexpected crisis or even delayed successes, it’s easy to want to take the path of least resistance. I’m not dismissing the grace of God to help us deal with difficulties, but the path of least resistance is typically the path of least growth and development. In the case of bad, or toxic, relationships, it’s not what other people are doing that’s most important. It’s what’s happening in our own heart and soul that is most important.
When difficulty comes, we must make a concerted effort to stop and think about what’s happening...here’s a great thing I’ve learned through the years: circumstances, other people, nor the adversary known as satan have a right to make the choice of discouragement for us. Only we do.
Here’s an even more stark reality. Not even God has a right to make the choice for us to develop. Remember this scripture? “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19