Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tips For Triumphant Living -- Look for Opportunities

Life offers challenges, some of them daunting. For most of us, our first response is uncertainty or even panic. But what if we changed our view of life's difficulties and saw them as opportunities? That could be life changing.

Instead of asking God to remove the trouble maybe we should seize it, stand up to it, even embrace it. Sometimes gifts come our way that are wrapped in ugly or strange-looking packages. My question is, does that make the gift inside unacceptable or useless? Not necessarily.

When I was hit by a truck and left less than perfect I definitely did not see that as a gift. And if I'm going to be honest, I still have days when I "just don't get it". But when I step away from my own perspective and look at my circumstances from God's eyes I see that hardship has created things in me of lasting value. And even though I sometimes still "don't get it" God has changed my mind about what opportunity can look like. A calamity may just be a chance for something great.

The "calamity" that hit me (literally) in 1991 led me to write. It's been such a great adventure!

I’ve been writing for many years, and I still love it. The catalist that threw me into writing came in an ugly package, but what a precious gift it was. I can’t imagine life without writing. I get to do something I love and make a difference at the same time. How cool is that!

If you're facing challenges, try asking God to help you stand, confront it, and even welcome it as an opportunity. Adversity builds strength and character. It helps grow our faith and teaches us to trust in God.

So no matter where life has you, trust in Him and let your light shine for Him.

Grace and peace to you from God.



  1. Anonymous1:05 PM

    Hi, I tried to contact you from your contact form on your website but it seems to be broken, so I couldn't get a contest entry in.

    Anyway I was wondering if Longings of the Heart is the last Sydney Cove book or if there will be another.

  2. Hi Rebecca. I'm so sorry you had trouble with the contact button. I have received some comments today so maybe if you give it another try it will work. If not, go ahead and send a comment and I won't publish it, but I will include your name in the drawing for the prizes. :-)

    There is one more book in The Sydney Cove series, called Enduring Love. It should release early in 2009.

    I'll make sure to send an announcement to everyone on my list for newsletters. So, if you're not signed up, that's easy to do, there's a spot right on my home page.

    Blessings to you,


    PS Make sure and let me know if you have trouble with the contact button and I'll see what I can do to get it working again.