Godly Responses

  This is just something that has been on my mind a lot lately. How do you respond when someone hurts you? Growing up I would lash out. As I got older, I started responding "more maturely" :) I would either get huffy and walk away, or burst into tears and walk away. Then I would relive it over and over and get angrier and angrier inside. God has been teaching me that I need to just let it go when someone hurts me, which is much easier said than done. Sometimes I need to talk with the one who hurt me, but not in the heat of the moment, if I want to respond in a godly manner. 
 People LOVE to give everyone advice, so it came as no surprise to me that we would get loads of it when we announced our plans to adopt. The thing that I was not expecting, was how hurtful some of the words would be. "Maybe you will still have a baby of your own," as if an adopted child would not be "our own." I realize they probably didn't mean it that way, nevertheless, it still cut to the quick. It's like some people think adoption is "second rate." We are God's adopted children. 
 "Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. "
Ephesians 1:5&6
 But, I don't want this to be a rant about "poor me" but rather a reminder to submit ourselves to our Heavenly Father and let Him continue HIS work in our hearts and lives.
 It is my hope and prayer that God will continue His work in me and that I will learn to respond the way He would.


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