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You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.
Genesis 50:20    

   Everyone faces adversity from time to time. A person is fired from his or her job. Bills are due, but there's no money to pay them with. A beloved family member dies. How we handle these situations can say a lot about our faith in the Lord.

In the case of Joseph, his problems began the moment he fell for his brothers’ “we’ve got a really neat pit to show you” trick. They sold him as a slave to Ishmaelites passing through the area in an attempt to rid themselves of “the dreamer” (see Genesis 37:19). Eventually, Joseph was able to gain a good standing with Potiphar and was placed in charge of his house. But later, Potiphar’s wife attempted to seduce Joseph and falsely accused him of adultery. Joseph ended up in prison as a result.

Joseph had plenty of opportunities to cry out about the injustice he was facing. He had chances to complain about the treatment he had received from his brothers. He could have become bitter when the king’s cupbearer was released from prison and forgot about him. These actions and attitudes would have reduced Joseph to hopelessness.

Instead, Joseph allowed himself to be used by God to interpret Pharaoh's dream. Pharaoh removed him from prison and placed him in charge of Egypt, where he organized a plan to store grain before the famine occurred. Finally, Joseph was reunited with his brothers. What was intended for bad was used by God for good.

Obstacles have the ability to take us out of contention, but we also have the opportunity to rise above them. We can cry, complain, and live in misery because of our struggles. Or we can react like Joseph—allowing God, in his timing, to bring something good out of our circumstances. Are you allowing God to help you land on your feet?

NLT

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      Max0125 wrote Jul 22, 2010
    • Great post! I recently read “The Gentle Art of Blessing” by Pierre Pradervant. He stated the obstacles are a blessing in disguise since we have to allow on our faith to get us through.  

      Thanks for the inspiration!



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      Rose Nino wrote Jul 22, 2010
    • Sounds like a great book Mary and one I would really enjoy. I also believe all obstacles should be welcomed to allow our faith to get us through and to help us grow.  

      Hugz heartheart



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      MaryAnne Carrier-Harrison wrote Jul 22, 2010
    • God would not give me anything I couldn't handle-I just wish he didn't  trust me so much.

                                           Mother Teresa

      This is my favorite quote and when ever I am faced with something that I think I can’t handle I remember thisheart

      MaryAnneestatic



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      Rose Nino wrote Jul 22, 2010
    • That is one of my favorite quotes MaryAnn. Thanks for sharing. heartheart



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      Michelle05 wrote Jul 22, 2010
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      This is a perfect blog at this time for me and my family!  I am jobless, hubby isn’t making near what he used to, bills are shuffled between others every month, we may have to move in with my mom because we can’t afford the rent, the list goes on and on.....

      But lately, I have had this overwhelming feeling that we MUST think and speak and feel “Positively” and to “Believe” that we will come out of this.  Otherwise we will just spiral down into deeper depths of despair - yuck!

      Thank you for the reminder to Believe!

      heartheartheartheart



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      Linni wrote Jul 22, 2010
    • AMEN Kristi! heart

      that is where im at in my life, and i just keep saying, here i am Lord! show me whats next! heart



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      Rose Nino wrote Jul 22, 2010
    • Amen to each of your comments. Linni & Michelle, you are both in my thoughts and prayers. May you both continue to have faith. There is something amazing in store for you both. heartheart



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      Linni wrote Jul 22, 2010
    • heartheart Girl i know there is! God is in control, and He has a plan and a purpose! heart



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      Linni wrote Jul 22, 2010
    • thank you Kristi! heart



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      Nerissa wrote Jul 23, 2010
    • I have learned these past 16 months, having lost my job and a week later my Mom died in my home. Talk about devastated, life as I knew it had abruptly ended. Family and friends no longer called or came by. Oh I could have become bitter,  spiteful and mean, but you know what it is true “that which does not kill us, does make us stronger” Thanks to God I didn’t change at all. I’m still the eternal optimist. I have learned the lessons and recognized that God is my source for everything. It is so very true because He led me right  here to you- all my new sisters-where else would I want to be ...Well maybe the Bahamasestatic  

      "Shoot for the Moon-Land on a Star"



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      Rose Nino wrote Jul 23, 2010
    • Nerissa, my deepest condolences for the loss of your mother. I am happy to hear that you recognize God as our source for anything and everything! I’m so happy that you have joined this wonderful community of Fabulous women. We‘re all here for you. Hugz heartheart



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