S04E084, Andy B 2 Minute Video, Good Struggles

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S04E100, Pausing Is Good for You!! Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E100, Pausing Is Good for You!! Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E099, Little Things Matter Too! Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E099, Little Things Matter Too! Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E098, Peace Trumps Fear, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E098, Peace Trumps Fear, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E097, Kindness doesn’t need to be costly! Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E097, Kindness doesn’t need to be costly! Andy B 2 Minute ......

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S04E096, Headwinds, & Tailwinds, Failure and Success, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E096, Headwinds, & Tailwinds, Failure and Success, Andy B 2 ......

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S04E095, Tin Openers, Struggles and the Bible, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E095, Tin Openers, Struggles and the Bible, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E094, Confusion, Panic and Peace, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E094, Confusion, Panic and Peace, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E093, When White Washing Isn’t White Washing, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E093, When White Washing Isn’t White Washing, Andy B 2 Minute......

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S04E092, When Stubbornness Stops A Train, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E092, When Stubbornness Stops A Train, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E091, Rain, Wisdom, Pauses and Pushing On, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E091, Rain, Wisdom, Pauses and Pushing On, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E090, T Cutting Out The Good, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E090, T Cutting Out The Good, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E089, Stress, Confusion and Clearing The Decks, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E089, Stress, Confusion and Clearing The Decks, Andy B 2 Minute ......

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S04E088, Road Closed Signs And The Beauty Beyond, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E088, Road Closed Signs And The Beauty Beyond, Andy B 2 Minute ......

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S04E087, Accepting things is a good thing! Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E087, Accepting things is a good thing! Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E086, Butter, Salt, Blending and Standing Out! Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E086, Butter, Salt, Blending and Standing Out! Andy B 2 Minute ......

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S04E085, Play the cards you’re dealt! Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E085, Play the cards you’re dealt! Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E084, Andy B 2 Minute Video, Good Struggles
S04E084, Andy B 2 Minute Video, Good Struggles

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S04E083, Andy B 2 Minute Video, Clear The Memory Banks
S04E083, Andy B 2 Minute Video, Clear The Memory Banks

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S04E082, Stop and Start, and New Beginnings, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E082, Stop and Start, and New Beginnings, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E081, Mis-labelled, but it’s not all bad!! Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E081, Mis-labelled, but it’s not all bad!! Andy B 2 Minute ......

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S04E080, Get a second opinion! Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E080, Get a second opinion! Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E079, The blinking cursor of possibilities, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E079, The blinking cursor of possibilities, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E078, Cables, Hard Work and Doing It Right, Part II, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E078, Cables, Hard Work and Doing It Right, Part II, Andy B 2 ......

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S04E077, Cables, Hard Work and Doing It Right, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E077, Cables, Hard Work and Doing It Right, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E076, Memory, Speed and Effort, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E076, Memory, Speed and Effort, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E075, Goldfinches and Hedge trimmers, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E075, Goldfinches and Hedge trimmers, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E074, Half and Half, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E074, Half and Half, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E73, Holidays, Downtime and Service, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E73, Holidays, Downtime and Service, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E072, Gifts, Lifts and Miracles, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E072, Gifts, Lifts and Miracles, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E071, Getting Past The Gag Reflex, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E071, Getting Past The Gag Reflex, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E070,  A change is as good as a rest, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E070, A change is as good as a rest, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E069, Priorities, Headspace and God, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E069, Priorities, Headspace and God, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E68, Things have a habit of changing! Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E68, Things have a habit of changing! Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E067, Keep Checking With The Real World, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E067, Keep Checking With The Real World, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E066, Seasons, they’re a changin, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E066, Seasons, they’re a changin, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E065, Watering It Down, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E065, Watering It Down, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E064, Turn It Off And On Again, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E064, Turn It Off And On Again, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E063, Record Players and Joy, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E063, Record Players and Joy, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E062, New Life needs the Old, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E062, New Life needs the Old, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E061, Look Behind You! Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E061, Look Behind You! Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E060, Beard Brushes and Spiritual Growth, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E060, Beard Brushes and Spiritual Growth, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E059, Jesus’ Virtual Ministry, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E059, Jesus’ Virtual Ministry, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E058, Out of Darkness Cometh Light, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E058, Out of Darkness Cometh Light, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E057, Bridges, Towers and Curtains, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E057, Bridges, Towers and Curtains, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E056, What’s Gone Has Gone, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E056, What’s Gone Has Gone, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E055, When Enough is More Than Enough, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E055, When Enough is More Than Enough, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E054, Medication, Alarms and Ignoring God, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E054, Medication, Alarms and Ignoring God, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E053, Be Led, Not Driven! Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E053, Be Led, Not Driven! Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E052, Tuck and Roll! Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E052, Tuck and Roll! Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E051, Look Back, But Don’t Fall Over! Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E051, Look Back, But Don’t Fall Over! Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E050, Dusting, Cleaning and Resting, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E050, Dusting, Cleaning and Resting, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E049, Keep Going, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E049, Keep Going, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E048, Pretty Drains and Plungers, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E048, Pretty Drains and Plungers, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E047, That Sinking Feeling, Part II? Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E047, That Sinking Feeling, Part II? Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E046, The Right To Speak? Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E046, The Right To Speak? Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E045, What Time Is It? Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E045, What Time Is It? Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E044, That Sinking Feeling, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E044, That Sinking Feeling, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E043, Crutches Aren’t About Weakness, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E043, Crutches Aren’t About Weakness, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E042, We All Need A Friend, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E042, We All Need A Friend, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E041, Resting Is Proactive! Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E041, Resting Is Proactive! Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E040, Whose Truth Is It Anyway, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E040, Whose Truth Is It Anyway, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E039, Chairs and Individuality, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E039, Chairs and Individuality, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E038, Closed Isn’t Necessarily Shut! Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E038, Closed Isn’t Necessarily Shut! Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E037, Fires, Vents and Fuel, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E037, Fires, Vents and Fuel, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E036, Pancakes Aren’t Fiddly! Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E036, Pancakes Aren’t Fiddly! Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E035, It was working last time! Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E035, It was working last time! Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E034, No Ball Games, Guest Episode, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E034, No Ball Games, Guest Episode, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E033, Frustrations That Shouldn’t Be, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E033, Frustrations That Shouldn’t Be, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E032, Sunflowers And Reaching For The Sky, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E032, Sunflowers And Reaching For The Sky, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E031, Snakes and Ladders, and God’s Goodness, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E031, Snakes and Ladders, and God’s Goodness, Andy B 2 Minute ......

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S04E030, Prayin’ and Textin’ – it ain’t all good… Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E030, Prayin’ and Textin’ – it ain’t all ......

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S04E029, Change Is Good! No, Really!! Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E029, Change Is Good! No, Really!! Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E028, Whiplash Weather, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E028, Whiplash Weather, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E027, God’s Wi-Fi And Good Connections, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E027, God’s Wi-Fi And Good Connections, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E026, Beard Growth, Mess and…Growth! Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E026, Beard Growth, Mess and…Growth! Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E025, Tables, Chairs, Faith and Decision Making, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E025, Tables, Chairs, Faith and Decision Making, Andy B 2 Minute ......

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S04E024, Do What You Can When You Can, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E024, Do What You Can When You Can, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E023, Filters, Designs and Knowledge, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E023, Filters, Designs and Knowledge, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E022, Check with The Instructions, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E022, Check with The Instructions, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E021, Peace Through the Trials, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E021, Peace Through the Trials, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E020, Autumn, Death and Life, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E020, Autumn, Death and Life, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E019, Cycles, Cycling, and Shaving, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E019, Cycles, Cycling, and Shaving, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E018,  Boots, Names, Memories and Identity, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E018, Boots, Names, Memories and Identity, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E017, Dehumidifiers, Control and Trust, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E017, Dehumidifiers, Control and Trust, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E016, Mud, Bicycles and the Cycle of Life, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E016, Mud, Bicycles and the Cycle of Life, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E015, Wells, Digging and Jesus, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E015, Wells, Digging and Jesus, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E014, Velcro Tabs, and Spot The Difference! Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E014, Velcro Tabs, and Spot The Difference! Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E013, Rocking Chair Worries, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E013, Rocking Chair Worries, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E012, Baking Trays, Yorkies and Spiritual Growth, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E012, Baking Trays, Yorkies and Spiritual Growth, Andy B 2 Minute ......

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S04E011,  Equal Tension and No Wrinkles, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E011, Equal Tension and No Wrinkles, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E010, Fruit, Dentists, Words and Actions, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E010, Fruit, Dentists, Words and Actions, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E009, We’re Going On A  Bear Hunt, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E009, We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E008, Dishwater Tea Is Just Wrong, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E008, Dishwater Tea Is Just Wrong, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E007, A Busy Business, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E007, A Busy Business, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E006, Journeying Alone, is Lonely! Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E006, Journeying Alone, is Lonely! Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E005, Weeds, Flowers and Cultivation, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E005, Weeds, Flowers and Cultivation, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E004, Don’t Wait To Live, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E004, Don’t Wait To Live, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E003, Purposefully And Beautifully Created, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E003, Purposefully And Beautifully Created, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E002, Shredded Tyres, Persistence And Holes, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E002, Shredded Tyres, Persistence And Holes, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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S04E001, Focus, Time, Distractions And Calling, Andy B 2 Minute Video
S04E001, Focus, Time, Distractions And Calling, Andy B 2 Minute Video

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Life can be full of struggles. Some can be good – like the effort needed to build muscle in a gym. The struggle feels good, because we can – possibly slowly – see a positive difference to our bodies. Some struggles can be bad – like grieving a loved one when we’re not ready to say goodbye to them, or having to live with life changing injuries from an accident that was not our fault.

In her book, Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom wonderfully illustrates how things that can at first appear truly awful, can be God’s blessings - which is why her sister was praising God for the fleas that attacked them where they slept in the middle of a concentration camp during World War II. If you want to know why that was such a blessing to them, you’ll need to read the book!

In life we often face challenges; hurdles; struggles; obstacles. We see them as things in our way, or as things to get around. We all too easily blame God for not doing a good enough of protecting us.

God never suggests that we’ll have an easier life when we become Christians. Actually, the bible is replete with examples why this just isn’t so!

When life throws us challenges we can either blame God for not protecting us enough, or we can trust that He truly does see all, and that we’ll be able to rejoice because of those fleas like Corrie Ten Boom and her sister Betsy Ten Boom!

God sees so much better than we do, and that delay to our morning commute might easily be something that protected us from something far worse. The point is that we don’t know, because we can’t read the future. But, God can, does and already knows the struggles we’ll face every day of our lives.

In Isaiah 43 we see God’s loving words that whatever we face, He will walk alongside us as we journey through them, not around them - in my book Broken Dreams, and Hope! I explore this specific topic much more in depth.

God loves is and nothing is ever wasted, even fleas.

Just a thought…

Andy B

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So another Andy B 2 Minute Video, and I was thinking about good struggles.

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If you've ever read the book by Corrie Ten Boom, Hiding Place, it's an amazing book. And it speaks lots of good struggles. Now the struggles that Corrie Ten Boom, and her sister, Betsy, went through, and her father, and a sister in law, and her brother, they weren't good. But those struggles were good ultimately.

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It wasn't good that they were tortured. It wasn't good, that they were sent to prison. It wasn't good that they were abused in some terrible ways. None of that was good! That's all heinous, and terrible! But those struggles were good, in the sense that what God did through those struggles, is prepare, particularly Corrie Ten Boom for some amazing ministry later on. And that laid out what she would then do in her service of God. So, although what happened wasn't good, I'm calling it Good Struggles, because so often in our life things come along that are bad, that are difficult, that are hard and they're not all bad. Yes, the suffering is always going to be bad. The evil is always going to be bad. You can't make good from evil. But God can redeem what was bad and what was evil. And God redeemed the suffering of Corrie Ten Boom, to provide healing, and love, and hope, to so many people. So the struggles that she went through whilst terrible, they were good struggles because it made Corrie Ten Boom, more like Jesus. And that's me paraphrasing her words.

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But in our own lives, we have the same things don't we. We have situations where we're struggling. This, this life is difficult, and hard. But we either blame God and say 'You've failed because here we are with struggles'. Or perhaps we blame God because He didn't prevent those struggles from coming. But what we could be doing is saying, 'Okay, God, this is really hard, but please, would you help me walk through this'?

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Isaiah 43, if you read past the first couple of verses you see,' when the waters are flooding, you'll be with me' and 'when the fires are raging, then you'll be with me as I walk through those'. God doesn't always steer us around the problems, but He wants to walk through them with us, holding our hand, dragging us along sometimes, but walking by with us, walking alongside with us.

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If you've got struggles in your life, maybe there are things that need to change. I mean, not all that's bad needs to be okay. Some things we can do some stuff about, but if there's things we can't affect, then actually God can still make that into a good struggle. Because it's for our good. Not that the evil is right. That's never going to be okay! But that struggle can be a good opportunity for God to help us depend upon Him more. And that's exactly what you read in Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom. All the terrible stuff that's going on, God uses to make Corrie Ten Boom more prepared for heaven, as she so famously said.

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So where is God asking you not to just try and ignore the struggles, but to accept you can't do anything about it and, through that acceptance, lean more on to Jesus and say, 'Okay, Jesus, would you help me through this? And He will!

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Just a thought.

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  1. Alan Kearns

    21/06/2022 at 19:13

    Yes! Struggles can be good, because Father God can shape them to make something beautiful from them. It is through my own struggles that He has lead me to where I am today, serving Him and being blessed in it.

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