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Making Good from Bad

The older I get, the more I can see the presence of God in my life. He answers my prayers continuously in ways that are often obvious -- if I but tune into Him and look around.

But anyone who needs wisdom should ask God, whose very nature is to give to everyone without a second thought, without keeping score. Wisdom will certainly be given to those who ask. -James 1:5 (CEB)

I have been feeling very overwhelmed lately and under-qualified in my new role at work. Yesterday I focused deeply on asking for wisdom from God as I knew I was going into a situation that day where I was completely unqualified to comment or offer much that I thought would be constructive. Things went remarkably well and I realized I knew something about the subject and was not afraid to ask those being paid to know to fill in any blanks. All in all, it wasn't a bad day.

This morning, after my daily Bible reading routine, I decided it was time to get caught up on a devotional I get emailed to me daily. Actually, I get a few of them on a regular basis, but this one happens to be a favorite: The Upper Room. Yesterday's reading said something very appropriate to where I have been at lately: Perhaps a frustrating job situation can provide an opportunity to gain new skills. My thanks go to Susan Thogerson Maas for submitting the post and to the people who email the Upper Room to me each day. They have joined forces to remind me that God always provides a way to make something good out of every situation. I'm sorry to say that I often need that reminder. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28 (NIV)


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