Being stubborn is not always a bad thing, but if you’re unable to control when you apply it, then you’re sure to run into trouble. There have been times when I’ve met with extreme difficulty because I dug my heels in and refused to listen to reason. At times in my life my stubbornness has been a blessing and I overcame struggles because I was stubborn.
Stubbornness requires a delicate balance, one that takes attention and great judgement. You must learn to look at each situation with eyes wide open and with as little emotion as possible. In doing so you will be able to assess whether or not your stubbornness is due to a stronghold that you need to let go of or if you need to stand your ground.
There is a saying that I’ve come to love…
You have to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.
This is a so true, that’s why it is imperative that we learn to look at things with eyes wide open. Many times in life we will find ourselves giving into things if we don’t use a bit of stubbornness to stand our ground.
Other times we must let go of a situation or thing that we desire to hold onto. It is in these times that we must be honest with ourselves and seek God’s direction if we’re honestly unsure what to do. Choosing to be stubborn and not relinquish control will only mean that we’ll face this struggle again and it could hurt some or all of our relationships.
When we grasp things tightly and refuse to even think about them with an open mind, then chances are our stubbornness is not in the right place. If God has placed a particular situation or thing on your heart and asked you to let go of it, then you must heed this call. Your stubbornness will not win over God, He will remove what He wants or He could allow you to go through trials and difficulties until you come to the place where you relinquish control. By heeding God’s call the first time to let go, we’re not only being obedient, but chances are we’ll save ourselves some heartache.
It is very important to be able to determine when to let go and when to stubbornly hold on. This lesson does not always come easy, but once we’ve learned how to make these determinations, we will find our way through the life God has planned for us much easier.
Our stubbornness must always be in submission to God and His will. If we choose to stand on our own against it, then we will surely fall. This is where we must ensure we’re focused, standing strong (and stubbornly when needed) for God’s ways and will for our lives. The world will try to trip us up and make us give into their ways, but we must stand strong and stubborn in the ways of the Lord.
If you have a stubborn streak, remember that it’s part of who God made you and you must determine to use it for His will!
I’m thrilled to be teaming up with some of my favorite girls online as a new co-host to a Monday link up here at Beautiful Ashes.
More specifically, how are we as blogging mommies, wives, and women, being salt and light towards others online?
Here is your chance to generously sprinkle some salt and shine a light: a link up where you share a post that you enjoyed recently from someone else’s blog or website.
Be the Salt & the Light to the world this week and share:
- Faith in Jesus – What inspired your faith walk with Jesus
- Marriage – What touched your heart for your spouse
- Singleness – What has inspired you to reach out to God
- Mothering – What encouraged you to be the best mom you can be this week
- Health – A new recipe that you hope to bless your family with, or health tip that will benefit your family
- Service – A story of service that touched you
- Finances – A tip that will serve your family well
- Homemaking – Inspiration to make your home a haven for your husband, kids, and guests
- Time – Share a story that opened your eyes to the use of time in our life
- Beauty – A reminder of what beauty really is in a world that tries so hard to
And of course, if you have written an encouraging post you would like to add to the link up, go ahead link up a second, personal post.
Your Chance to be Salt & Light
More specifically, how are we as blogging mommies, wives, women, being salt & light towards others online?
Make sure to follow Marissa, Bridget, Misty and Mandy so you don’t miss future opportunities to be Salt & Light to others! Oh and check out Salt & Light’s pinterest board… your post might just show up there!
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