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Faith & Life: Has God Taught You a Lesson Through a Frustrating Experience?

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Has God Taught You a Lesson Through a Frustrating Experience?

Learning to Be Still and Thankful in All that Happens in Life

by J.M. Troppello

I work from home as a freelance writer. I have ongoing projects with several different content creation companies. I am always looking for new writing and gig opportunities. I applied for a new project and got accepted. However, I had to take an online writing assessment. I had expected that since that’s normal for most of the content writing companies that I’ve applied to. However, this company is located in Germany. They have stricter rules for confidentiality than the other American and Canadian companies that I work for.

I took the assessment on my tablet instead of my laptop since they have an app. I thought that would be easier than logging on to their website. I was mistaken. The process was more difficult. Then I had to install the Microsoft Edge app on the tablet and set it as the default browser. I had Google Chrome installed and the original browser from Samsung. I usually use apps on my tablet and don’t do a lot of online searches. I didn’t realize that the Samsung browser had been set as the default for online searches.

Now, I’m not that tech savvy, but I know enough to get by.

I went into the settings and set the Microsoft Edge app as the default browser. After I did that, the log in for Microsoft Live opened fine. Previously, the login wasn’t working since their app and the work project program that I wanted to apply for was only compatible with Microsoft Edge.

I got a bit agitated because I needed to complete other writing assignments and I had hoped this assessment – and creating a login for the new work project – would’ve gone more smoothly. Also, my husband just called to say he was on his way home from work. I told him I couldn’t talk right then since I was in the middle of a timed assessment for a new work project. He was understanding about that – even though my tone wasn’t the nicest at first when I answered the phone. I apologized and got back to work finishing the assessment.

In that moment, God reminded me to be still and know that He is God (see Ps. 46:10)

God is our refuge and strength, A[a] very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the [b]midst of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the [c]tabernacle of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be [d]moved; God shall help her, just [e]at the break of dawn. 6 The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

7 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

11 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah (Psalm 46, NKJV)

He reminded me that it was a blessing that I had access to a variety of writing projects and gig jobs—and that I could work from home. I feel blessed because He’s opened so many doors for me in the area of work. He always provides.

Have you ever experienced something that frustrated you, but then God taught you a lesson through it?

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About the Author

JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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