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Archive for July, 2016

The Necessity of Stress

Scientists recently created special kind of greenhouse called The Biosphere 2 where they could conduct studies on trees and other various plant life. It was here they discovered something curious.

The trees in the Biosphere 2 grew very rapidly as they had no wind to blow them over or to weaken their structures. However, many of them collapsed before they reached maturation. After some study, the scientists were able to determine that it was the LACK of wind that caused the early death of the trees.

Wind forces growing trees to position themselves for the best sunlight and to grow more strongly. It is clear that these trees required certain amounts of stress in order to grow into strong maturity.(Link)

People react similarly. The author of James grasped this concept and taught it to the readers, saying “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (James 1:2-3, NIV).

Without any kind of difficulty in one’s life, it is very natural to lack maturity, or at least, the internal structure to grow into a mature person. But be glad when you encounter stress at times, because if you’re relying on God, your root system and internal growth will become strong, just like the trees.

Copyright 2016 by Molly Farnsley. Use with permission only.

I Am He Who Will Sustain

Who takes care of you?

During different stages in everyone’s life, there are various caretakers. During childhood, the caretakers are the child’s parents. During the teenage years, it’s a combination of parents, and teachers who look after the individual.

People during young adulthood find their caretakers in their significant others. Later adulthood allows for their jobs and businesses to be their main source of income, and in essence, is a caretaker. The elderly years will require very specific care either from the person’s children, or a retirement home.

All this to say, everyone needs someone or something to care for them all throughout their lifetime. Even when one feels invincible, or on top of the world, he or she is always going to need someone to talk to, someone to ensure they are doing well, and someone to love them.

It is comforting to know that God is a loving caretaker and is always there during every stage in life.

“I have upheld [you] since you were conceived, and have carried you since your birth. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you” (Isaiah 46:3b-4, NIV).

There’s no need to worry about who is going to take care of you, no matter what stage of life you are in right now.

Copyright 2016 by Molly Farnsley. Use by permission only.

The Ending is a Happy One

If you’re a writer, do you ever get attached to your characters? I do. Over time, whether you mean to or not, you begin to care about your characters as if they were real people.

I was writing a story this week for a project, where the main character struggles to overcome a bleak and difficult situation. Seeing her frustration and discouragement, I felt compelled to support and comfort her.

I wanted to say “Honey, don’t feel sad. I have an amazing life planned for you! You’re going to live in a happy home, find a loving husband, and have beautiful children. Yes, there will be some ups and downs, but don’t give up, it’s going to be incredible!”

Wanting to reach out to my character, I was suddenly struck with a though: Is this how it is between God and us sometimes? He’s the author of our lives, he brings in the supporting characters, the love interests, the antagonists, the plot twists, etc.

But unlike my character who knows nothing about her future, God has told us already that we win in the end:

Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will           be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.He will wipe away every           tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning,                 nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away                                         (Rev 20:3b-4, NIV)

Don’t get discouraged in this small chapter in your life, remember that the author of your life is the all-powerful, loving God, and he’s already shown that our ending is a happy one.

Copyright 2016 by Molly Farnsley. Use by permission only.

 

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