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“Happiness is a choice, just like love is. While there are emotions attached to these choices, happiness and love are not emotions but choices we make every day. If we allow our perspective to be governed by outside circumstances, we will be enslaved to powers beyond our control and at the mercy of outside forces.” (Father Barnabas Powell)

“External circumstances can never serve as excuses for the deficiencies in our interior life…What makes life "good" is not a particular set of circumstances, but how the heart interacts with them." (Elder Sergei of Vanves, Pastor Timothy Keller)

“A good question to ask ourselves is do our circumstances define us or refine us? God is at work in every circumstance and there is always opportunity with Him for our growth and refinement if we are attuned and willing.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“When we are secure in God’s love and provision, we live freely. Our identity is not tied to our accomplishments, possessions, or what others think. We aren’t easily angered, because we’ve let go of trying to control people and situations. We are not paralyzed by the voices of the past or the future. Instead we focus on managing our present responses, believing that the providential will of God is revealed in the relationships and circumstances of our everyday life.” (Kevin Scherer)

“God willing, we strive to keep Christ our Lord and Savior in our hearts with deep reverence, joining our souls to Him. We must never cease “to follow the Holy One of Israel” (Jeremiah 2:3), allowing Him guide us in every circumstance of life.” (OCPM 10/25/2016)

“No matter how well we live our Christian life, circumstances will not always turn out the way we want…Prayer changes everything because it releases God’s wisdom into your circumstances (Tullian Tchividjian, Follow Jesus)

“It is one thing to become a…Christian; it is another to live as a responsive servant of Christ at all times and under every circumstance. To do so means being on “ready alert,” to borrow a term from the military, emergency teams, and the utility companies. Because most of us are not sufficiently aware of the actual conditions prevailing in the spiritual dimension of this life, we behave like inexperienced children – we are liable to paralysis by fear, over-dependence on familiar resources, and an inattentiveness to heart matters. For this reason Christ our Lord provides instruction and encouragement to awaken us and bring us to a higher state of alert.” (Dynamis 12/6/2014)

“To feast upon the Lord is to draw our nourishment from Him. We look to Him for all we need in life—spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. We learn to rejoice in Him regardless of our circumstances." (Skip McDonald)

“Sometimes our plans – even the ones we think God has approved – have to be put on hold indefinitely…We can choose to learn and grow in our present circumstances, whatever they may be.” (Life Application Study Bible, 1 Samuel 16;19-21)

“If you find yourself in a “negative” or unpleasant situation, look for ways to redeem the circumstances. There is never a time or place in which you can’t glorify and serve God.” Life Application Study Bible, Acts 28:30)

“Waiting for God to help us is not always easy…When caught in the storms of life, it is easy to think that God has lost control and we’re at the mercy of the winds of fate…Often blessings cannot be received unless we go through a trial of waiting.” (Life Application Study Bible, Psalm 40:1-3, Luke 8:23-25)

“The great mistake we keep on making is thinking that reality can be seen from our vantage point, as though we stood at the center of things and were able to make an accurate survey of the surrounding truths...God and God alone stands at the center, just as He is present in every periphery and everywhere between. Only God has a clear view of reality, because only God has reality in Himself.” (Hieromonk Maximus)

"…we should be slow to judge our circumstance and trust God that He is working out His will for us and that His will is always what is actually best for us even when it doesn’t seem that way….It’s our trust in God during our circumstance despite the worldly outcome that is ultimately what is important.” (Sacramental Living Podcast)

"If God has called you to live in the world, then you are the light of the world. Whatever the outward circumstances of your life, however chaotic things may be at times, you can have a little monastery in your heart where you may retreat to find solitude and strength amidst the troubles and temptations of life. Remember,"The kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21)." (Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou)

“Each time we sense God working in our circumstances, our faith grows. At the end of our own strength lies the beginning of His power." (NIV Men's Devotional Bible)

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