Dan Bilton Precious Fruit® Long Suffering Sep 13′ | Guest Post

Hi, Friends!

Long-suffering affects most people in the realm of love and relationships. Many will look for distinctive signs, of which prove that they have chosen the right person, to accompany them on this life’s journey. Sometimes, these signs point us towards overwhelming joy or possible life-shattering sadness. Below, you will experience a real-life, inspirational story about man who faced unrequited love and survived.

It is my goal to inspire others to persevere despite the struggles they may face. I hope that this story will encourage others to persevere. It is my desire that this story be received without judgement and with an open heart. So, without further ado, read Dan Bilton’s story.-Aubrey


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So I sat down to write a short piece about overcoming adversity for Aubrey, and my mind is blank. No financial problems, no marital or health worries to look back on. I know there will be many people who are struggling, and there are lots of reasons for struggle as well. 

Some people have problems that are very private and unknown to others, sometimes our problems are laid out bare for everyone to see. 

My suffering was over knowing God’s will, and struggling with impatience. It may not seem like a difficult struggle, but in my life it is something that causes sleepless nights and worry. Roughly a year ago I was in a relationship with a beautiful Christian girl, and we had a great time together. Out of the blue she decided that she didn’t want to continue it. This left me in a difficult position. I had felt all the way through our friendship & relationship that because of certain circumstances it was God’s will. But what now? The day before we broke up I read Psalm 57 v 1-3. For the first time in my Christian life I felt God speak clearly to me. 

We split up, and while it has been hard at times I cling to the promise of God. “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by. 

I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.” (Psalm 57 v 1-2). 

God’s promises are not just for the peaceful, happy times of life. They’re true even in the darkest of days. When it seems that God is silent, His promises remain true. It’s important to cling to the word of God in difficult times. Remember God’s promises, and remember that there are always better times ahead. “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)

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I started to write a blog in January to take my mind off things, to be able to encourage other Christians and to fill the time I suddenly had. My blog, should you wish to read it is restorationdan.blogspot.com and there are 20+ posts there to read. I don’t know what the future holds, or how long God wants me to wait, or even what for; but I know that He is faithful who promised. I wouldn’t say I’ve overcome, but I am overcoming. Slowly. 

Yours in His name.


Major Takeaways

So, for the month of September, we will be focusing on the Fruit of the Spirit known as Long-Suffering. Quickly bookmark and share(by clicking the social icons below) this post with your friends so they can learn about faith. 

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Each month we will be focusing on a Precious Fruit ® aka a Fruit of the Spirit:

affection for others(Love)

exuberance about life (Joy)

serenity (Peace)

long-suffering aka commitment (Forbearance)

sense of compassion in the heart (Kindness)

not being sinister (Goodness)

holiness (Faithfulness)

not being forceful (Gentleness)

not going crazy (Self-control)

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May God Richly Bless you, Aubrey

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