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Transitioning from Negative Events to Positive Outcomes

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This has to be one of the more difficult situations in life to manage: Experiencing a negative situation or a host of negative circumstances, and holding onto the belief there will some how be positive outcomes … by the grace and intervention of God!

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Here’s today’s inspiration to ponder…

Lord, I praise You that the things that happened in my past, both enjoyable and painful, are raw materials for blessings, both in my life and in the lives of others. And thank You for the things in my past that appear to be limitations, hindrances, bad breaks…the wounds of old hurts, the unmet emotional needs, the mistakes or neglect of other people–even their cruelty to me, their abuse.

How comforting to know that in all my distresses You were distressed. And how I thank You, Lord Jesus, that on the cross, You bore my griefs and carried my sorrows, as well as my sins…And how comforting to know that in the present, day by day, You feel with me any pain, confusion, inner bondage, or struggles that stem from my past.

I’m so grateful that all my past circumstances were permitted by You to make me see my need of You and prepare my heart for Your Word…to draw me to Yourself, and to work out Your good purposes for my life.”

Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”

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 My Reflections

I have found that as difficult as it is to accept that negative aspects of life can have positive outcomes, they some how do.

And it is really comforting to know that God genuinely cares and is actively working in our lives to fulfill His purposes.

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So What Are YOUR Thoughts?

Do you agree that even the negative events in our lives can potentially have positive outcomes?

Have you experienced (or are you now experiencing) a situation like this, waiting for something negative to become a positive outcome?

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3 Comments

  1. Marquita Herald

    I believe this with all my heart! There was a time a few years ago when within a 30 day period my 20-year marriage fell apart, my father unexpectedly died of a massive heart attack while I was out of the country on business, a-n-d I was diagnosed with a rare degenerative eye disease for which there was no known cure and would take my eye-sight sooner rather than later. I believe that qualifies as a pretty negative set of circumstances.

    I won’t turn this into a lengthy story, but I will say that my life did drastically change as a result of these circumstances, all for the better … much better. More to the point, I never doubted that no matter what fate threw my way I would be okay. That’s not optimistic thinking, it’s radical resilience and that’s why I’m a passionate evangelist. 🙂
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  2. Andrew James

    Wow. Yes, this was needed today. Today, especially.

    I have experienced years’ worth of negative experiences; history tells me that I always come through on the other side with something positive.

    I think the thing that we all struggle with is recognizing that “all things work for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His plan” while in the midst of whatever harsh, cruel or difficult time we may be experiencing.

    Thank you for the reminder and the encouragement.
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  3. Alana

    I have seen this in my own life. A job loss turned into finding (eventually) a career that I absolutely loved. Now, I can hope that happens for my sister in law, who hasn’t had full time work in over two years now.
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    09 . Mar . 2017

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