First posted 11-17-2008 Revised 3-5-2012

What has God taught me from failure?
That failure often turns out to be the greatest blessing. Like the time I thought I was hired to teach at one school and found out that I was not.  If I had been, I would have missed out on the job at the school where I have been teaching the last nineteen years.  It was were God knew I needed to be. Doing exactly what He wanted me to do.
What has God taught me from a lack of money?
Money is over rated. When we have more than enough we tend to trust in ourselves and the abundance of money. When there is not enough to go around we should trust God to provide what we need and He does. Just as He tells us He will. Having traveled to Zambia, Africa twice, I realize we have very few needs, most everything is a want. Hebrews 13:5(NASB) Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”
What has God taught me from pain or sorrow or depression?
Pain can stop one dead in their tracks. With a severe pain one soon learns that there are a lot of things that will wait. It can lay you flat on your back and you have no where to look but up. So God becomes your best friend. Revelation 21:4(NASB)  and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will now longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first thing have passed away.”
Sorrow brings me to my knees because my heart is so heavy I can no longer stand. My head bows low but I soon realize that God is the only way out of this sorrow. He can lift my heart back to where it allows me to stand again. 2 Corinthians 7:10 (NASB) For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.
Depression-I hate depression but I have learned how to control it so it doesn’t rear it’s ugly head like it used to. I believe depression can sometimes be a choice like an addiction. It is an escape. I also believe that certain things in our diet can cause depression. Like sugar and wheat. Sugar and wheat really causes me to slip in to an ugly depression. People need to do everything they can to break that addiction to depression. Seek good quality help. Change their diet. Seek God to help you out.
What has God taught me through waiting?
Waiting is the hardest for me. I want it and I want it now.Jude 1: 21(NASB) keep yourselves in the love of God,  waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.  I have learned that if I will just be still and know that God is in control everything will work out for the best. Romans 8:28.
What has God taught me through illness?
God has taught me that there is more to life than the everyday get it done list. People are the most important thing and not what we get done today. James 5: 14 (NASB) Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;
What has God taught me from disappointment?
Oh this one hurts. Like I said about failure, God works out the details and things work out like they should.
What have I learned from my family, my church, my relationships, my small group, and my critics?
That we are all human and we have to give each other a break.Ephesians 4: 2 sit all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,
These questions were taken from :Adapted
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