Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Still my joy? I don't think so!

Wow!  What a busy day! 

Last week, my office got a brand new server.  Out with the old and in with the new.  However, some of the old was "supposed" to be transferred over. 

I do the book keeping and when I went to reconcile bank statements and pay some bills today, the past three months of Quick Books was gone.  All gone!  They stopped at May. 

At first I was so mad that I had to re-enter everything.  But then I remembered that this is life.  I didn't let the devil steal my joy.  I didn't let the devil convince my that this had ruin my day, when all my hard work had to be done again. 

What a blessing that I have a job.  What an even bigger blessing that I have a brain and the knowledge to fix the problem. Yes, I had to re-enter everything.  But what else did I really have to do today.  Usually, not much.  So, today was a little busier than most.  Big deal. This was a minor problem that didn't need a major fix.   Thank you Lord for helping me get through it, and thank you for dwelling within me and allowing me to realize that.

No temper tantrum, here.  Yea me! 

James 1:2-4  ---When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives, don't resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! Realize that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Proverbs of Finance

(Article by : Derek Clark)

The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young- let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance- for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. Proverbs 1:1-6

If you want to get a good start on understanding the principles of personal finance, sit down and read Proverbs. If you are looking for it, it is full of sound advice on money and life. Over the next few posts I’m going to share the main principles I’ve taken from it. There are many more, but these are the top principles I think you need to understand and follow.

Dishonest Scales – This is a phrase used throughout Proverbs, and it is very important. The point is you have to be honest in business and in life. If you are cheating it will catch up with you eventually. If you want to succeed you have to have integrity. The Lord abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are his delight. Proverbs 11:1

Co-signing – Co-signing for a loan is something that is talked about specifically in Proverbs. You should not ever do it, but the biggest reason isn’t that you’ll have to pay the loan. The biggest reason is that your relationship will be ruined when you have to pay the loan. This is very similar to not loaning money to friends or family. If you have the money and you want to give it to them that is fine, but don’t loan it and don’t co-sign. A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor. Proverbs 17:18

Debt Simply put, don’t go into debt. It was the cause of this financial crisis, and it was the cause of many personal crises in families across the country. If you are in debt fight to get out, and if you are out stay that way. The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. Proverbs 22:7

Laziness Laziness will not get you anywhere. Right now we have more people than ever living off the government. Help in bad times is one thing, laziness is another. You have to actually work hard to succeed. Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless man goes hungry. Proverbs 19:15

Diligence Working hard and consistently will help you succeed. Life is hard, and everything won’t be given to you. But if you keep at you will make it. Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. Proverbs 10:4

Plans / Advisors You can’t do it all yourself, and you can’t just “wing it.” Seek help from people who have more experience than you, and let them help you plan your future. Make a budget, save for retirement. If you wing it, forty years from now you’ll be reading 73 ways to prepare Spam and love it. Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed. Proverbs 15:22 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. Proverbs 21:5

Generosity It really is better to give than to receive. This is the cornerstone that keeps everything together. The best part about creating wealth is having the ability to help those around you that have been less fortunate. One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Proverbs 11:24-25

If you follow these 7 principles of personal finance and the many others found in Proverbs you will find success, and you will be blessed.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sharing the Word


It’s the reason we are here.  It’s our job.  We are to share the Word. 
I love that there are those who choose to share via the social network.  Surely, someone is being made more curious by words of the Lord that are left there for everyone to see.  How great would it be to introduce someone you may never see to the Savior. 
There are at least seven posts on my Facebook page (starting from around 6:00 am to 9:00 am)  sharing Gods word.  I post my blog on there everyday in hopes that it will lead someone to Christ. Or lift someone up.  There is NO one that will ever be there for you more than Jesus.  Jesus will never leave you or forsake you.  Depend on him and he will see you through no matter how big your troubles may be.
His Word is awesome.  Below are the posts from my Facebook friends  from this morning ……

·         ----"It would be devastating if life on earth was the end. But for the believer, there is no period at the end of our life, only a comma."
·        ---- Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another-showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God's way.
·        ---- God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.
·         ----Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ's love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:

·         ----Workouts in the gym are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever.

·        ---- "Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
·        ----    By submitting yourself to God’s will and recognizing your need to know more, you avail yourself of an open mind with endless opportunities. When you have an open mind, you are no longer bound by the opinions of others, and your success is inevitable. By learning to trust God, you will turn your fears into faith, and dispel all limitations!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Potty Mouth

Matthew 15:11: "Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man."

What is profanity? The word profane literally means “outside the temple.”

I admit it.  I curse sometimes. It's in the heat of the moment, usually when I've had it up to here (hand over my head).  I feel bad about it the moment it leaves my mouth.

Not naming any names, but I am around someone on an almost daily basis that has a neverending flow of curse words.  I cringe.  Its horrible, its dirty, its vulgar, its so uuuhhhh!  I once gave this person a challenge to go a whole day without cursing. Did it work,....nope! 

Swearing and cursing are a problem in my life sometimes and of those around me, so I ask the Lord to forgive me and deliver me so that my words may be good and loving words full of grace and truth. I know He will help me overcome this problem through His power.

Psalm 19:14: "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer."

There is actually a wedsite on how to stop cursing!  MAYBE...this someone will read this today.  I really hope so....

Instructions   (from ehow.com)

    • 1
      Think before you speak and refrain from using curse words. It may seem difficult, but monitoring your thoughts will help you catch yourself from saying something vulgar and offensive. It will take practice, but thinking before you speak is essential if you want to stop cursing.
    • 2
      Practice meditation. One form of meditation is prayer. Other forms of meditation include yoga, falun gong or continued thought and reflection. Meditation is usually done in a quiet place. Take a moment to reflect.
    • 3
      Keep your mouth shut. As difficult as it may seem, silence works. Practicing silence shows that you are in control of yourself and your emotions. Many people have a problem in this area. They tend to rant and rave as soon as a situation arises. With a little bit of practice and self-control, you can learn to listen to what someone is saying or analyze a situation without cursing.
    • 4
      Use a thesaurus. If you are seriously trying to stop your habit of cursing, be proactive in choosing your words. Various thesaurus websites are available to guide you in the use of words that can better describe your feelings.
    • 5
      Put money in a jar every time you curse for extra motivation. This money must be given away to charity, and it must be taken away from you for it to be motivation. Put a dollar in the jar for every curse word you say. You'll be amazed at how fast you stop cursing.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Back to School Blessing

Dear Lord,
As my children leave for school,
I pray that you will keep them in your care.
Send your Spirit to open their minds
to all that is true and beautiful and good.
Help them to see the gifts and talents
you have given them and to use them well.
Help them to grow in knowledge and wisdom.
Help them to be kind to others
and lead others be kind to them.
Give their teachers patience and understanding
and help them teach what is just and true.
Send your angels to guide and guard my children
and to keep them from all harm.
Open their young hearts to your presence
and enfold them in your peace and protection.
Hold them in the palm of your hand
and bring them home safely at day's end.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Jump up, Lets get crazy!

The song I woke up to this morning.....Jump up, lets get crazy, Jump up, lets get crazy.....

It's from my Zumba class. I must have done zumba in my dreams last night.  I'm still sore from Wednesdays class! 

Starting on Monday, I am going have a CRAZY schedule.  School starts on Monday! Yikes! It finally hit me last night that I have a 5th grader and a 2nd grader.  Where does the time go? My babies are growing up way too fast.

Here's my schedule for this weekend.  Its a little CRAZY too....

Get off work at 5:00, go get the kids from Mimi's, go home and make Nate some carbs (pasta), get Nate to football by 6:00.  Practice from 6-8.  Promised the kids IHOP for dinner. 

Get both boys up, feed them and get them to practice by 8:00 (yes, A.M.) , Get home around 10:30, clean house until 12:00, make lunch, do laundry, go to Stonebriar Mall and get school clothes (tax free weekend, heeey!), go to Hannahs 3rd birthday party in Dallas at 4:00.

Church, then I think the lake (we havent decided yet), come home cook dinner and get the boys ready for school on Monday.


And for the next several months....

- work then zumba

- work then Nates Football practice from 7-9

- work, then zumba, Jakes football practice from 6-8

- work, then Nates football practice from 7-9

- work, then NOTHING!  Thank you Lord.

- laundry, clean house, 2 football games at different times and sometimes different locations.

- church, finish laundry, and getting ready to start all over again!

Lord, I lay all my responsibilities at Your feet. I am now yielding my heart, mind and strength to your awesome power and glory. I desperately need You. Open my eyes, ears, heart and soul so that I'm not too busy to hear You. Teach me to walk, live and be in the center of Your will for my life. Use me as a blessing in the lives of my children, dear Lord.  Lord, starting today, fill me with the fruit of the Spirit: patience, kindness, humility, and gentleness. Make me a woman who is not easily angered; guard me from being rude or selfish. Fill me with the strength to endure all things necessary. Your perfect love never fails. I praise you, and I thank you for saving me.        Amen.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Childrens Prayer

We pray for the children who put chocolate fingers on everything, who love to be tickled, who stomp in puddles and ruin new pants, who eat candy before supper and who can never find their shoes in the morning.

And we also pray for those who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire, who have never bound down the street in a new pair of shoes, who never played "one potato, two potatoes," and who are born in places that we would not be caught dead in and they will be.

We pray for the children who give us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions, who sleeps with their dog and who bury their goldfish, who hug us so tightly and who forget their lunch money, who squeeze toothpaste all over the sink, who watch their fathers shave, and who slurp their soup.

And we pray for those who will never get dessert, who have no favorite blanket to drag around behind them, who watch their fathers suffer, who cannot find any bread to steal, who do not have any rooms to clean up, whose pictures are on milk cartons instead of on dressers, and whose monsters are real.

We pray for the children who spend all their allowance by Tuesday, who pick at their food, who love ghost stories, who shove their dirty clothes under the bed and never rinse the bathtub, who love visits from the Tooth Fairy, even after they find out who it really is, who do not like to be kissed in front of the school bus, and who squirm during services.

And we also pray for those children whose nightmares occur in the daytime, who will eat anything, who have never seen a dentist, who are not spoiled by anyone, who go to bed hungry and wake up hungry, who live and move and have no address.

We pray for those children who like to be carried and for those children who have to be carried. for those who give up and for those who never give up, for those who will grab the hand of anyone kind enough to offer it and for those who find no hand to grab.

For all these children, we pray today, for they are ALL so precious.

------Ina J. Hughs

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Morning Music

Jesus, He can move the mountains.
My God is mighty to save,
Yes, He's might to save.

Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Yes, He conquered the grave.

This is the song I woke up to this morning.  I always wake up to a song playing in my head.  95% of the time it is a song about our Almighty Father. What a blessing! From the moment I open my eyes, I am reminded of His glory and grace.  An abundance of thanksgiving is in my first thoughts! Thank you Jesus!

Shine your light and let the whole world see,
We're singing for the glory of the risen king...

This Sundays message was about letting the light of Christ shine through you. 

1 Collosians 1:9-12
 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,  being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,  and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.

You see the part where Paul is talking about knowing Gods will with wisdom and understanding.  Whats the difference? Well, its one thing to know the word of God, but you also have to understand it to use it in your life. I could quote every scripture in the Bible but if I don't understand its meaning how can I put to use to serve others. And if I understand and but don't use it for good works and to grow in my walk with the Lord, then I cannot enjoy -nor do I qualify- for the inheritance that has been given to me.

Use me O'God !  Let my light shine! I want to be your servant. 
Give me endurance and patience to serve others through You.

Monday, August 15, 2011


This christian comidian was at our church awhile back to give his testimony. 
It's a little lengthy but well worth it.

Part I

Part II

Part III

Friday, August 12, 2011


People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

                                                                       --Mother Teresa

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Love One Another

1 Corinthians 13:4-11,13
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.  When I was a child, I spoke like a child; I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways..  So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Leviticus 19:18
You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
Romans 18:3
Owe no owe anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves one another has fulfilled the law.
2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Letter from Nana

My mom had a house fire a few years back.  The very few things that survived are so very special to her. She found this other day. This is a letter that she wrote to her oldest grandson (my oldest nephew), Jordan, when he was just a baby.  She now has four grandsons and this letter applies to all of them. Thanks for sharing Mom.

Dear Grandson,

You are everything I ever dreamed of in a grandson.  Everyday you become more precious to me.  I look foward to seeing you grow to be a little boy, climbing trees, playing with trucks and pulling little girls' pigtails!  I can only hope your teenage years are as uneventful as your mama's.  She was a very good girl and seldom gave me any reason for unhappiness or disapointment in her.

Grandson, be grateful for wonderful parents and enjoy your life, using good judgment and never being reluctant to ask for advice - or to follow through with the advice of your elders.  We were young once and know "growing pains" as you will experience.

I pray you will come to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior and follow Him all the days of your life.  Your elders advice will be of great value, but nothing compared to the all-powerful strength you can know from Him.

I love you, my little man.


Our boys!

Jordan- 14

Nathaniel - 10

Jakob- 7 1/2

Blake - 3 1/2

You don't raise heroes, you raise sons.  And if you treat them like sons,
 they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes. 
~Walter M. Schirra, Sr.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Oh boy, oh boy!

  Yep, I have two of them.  I spent my entire day yesterday cleaning their rooms. I got one done and one half way done.  You wouldn't believe the number of dishes I found under their beds. Or the bath towels! I have been ranting for a month about where all the towels have gone.  I was so aggravated with them yesterday. And I lost my temper several times.  Yelling does no good, I know this.  But I wanted them to HEAR me. I wanted them to help me.  After all I didn't make this mess.  I found clean clothes that they were supposed to have put away stuffed under their beds and even in one of their desks. I filled 3 trash bags. It was utterly ridiculous!

By 10:30 last night, the feeling of guilt had overwhelmed me.  I spent the entire day nagging my children.  Don't get me wrong I think they know better, and should have been punished for not cleaning up after themselves but I handled it wrong.  I could have done things differently. 

Children are a blessing from the Lord.

“Lord, when I am bothered by things that my children do,  help me see them as a blessed gift from your gracious hand. Give me patience and understanding.  They are little curious minds with active (and hungry) bodies.  They are exploring this world.  Help me to guide them properly and not ruin this one and only childhood they will ever have. Help me endure lifes daily inconveniences and let them be a lesson to me and my children.  I never want my babies to ever feel unwanted or feel that they are a bother.  Help me control my temper, Lord.  Help me to be a better teacher to them. And, Lord, please forgive me. These little beings are yours in my care.  Thank you for them.  I am so in love with them. They are the second best thing you have ever given me. Amen."

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is His reward.  Psalms 127:3

Friday, August 5, 2011

What Every Mom Needs

Copied from We're THAT Family blog....  It's a good one!  

What Every Mom Needs

In my past eleven years of parenting, there have been moments when I’ve been absolutely desperate for a nod of approval from a family member or a friend or both-you know one that says, “it’s going to be okay, you’re doing a good job.” Just that simple act can brighten a mom’s day when she feels inadequate, exhausted, and is currently wearing the lovely shade of spit-up.

I guarantee there’s a mom in your life right now–a daughter-in-law, a friend, new neighbor with a baby on her hip and one in her belly, or you’re own reflection in the mirror–who needs a nod today.

What Every Mom Needs
  • It’s okay, really. My kids argued constantly. You will survive this phase. This is normal.
  • I had a picky eater also. Once for a week, she only ate marshmallows and glue.
  • I lost my temper, too. That doesn’t make you a bad mother, only human (in need of chocolate).
  • Don’t be so hard on yourself. Every mother gets a year or so behind on well child checkups (RIGHT??)
  • No, that’s never happened to me. My baby slept 8 hours each night since birth and was perfect. Something must be wrong with you.
  • It took me seven years to lose the baby fat, too. It might take you eight (pats flabby arm)
  • My kids never acted that way in public.  Are you giving them red dye?
  • What is wrong with your child? <——–Don’t ever say that to a Mom.
Every mom needs to know:

——————————THEY ARE NOT ALONE————————————
Every mom needs to feel:

Every mom needs to be told:

——————————-THEY ARE APPRECIATED——————————
Every mom needs to believe:

———————————THEY ARE ENOUGH——————————–
Every mom needs to remember:


John 16:21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Clever Attractions

The pun-laden signs you see outside churches have always intrigued me. "Seven days without prayer makes one weak." "Forbidden fruit creates many jams." "We have a prophet-sharing plan."  It's hard to tell whether they're intended primarily to amuse regular church goers, or to attract soul-searching passers-by.
Here are a few clever ones.  And if you’re one of the soul searching passer by-ers, well, I pray we see you Sunday!



















Author Unknown

There's a little old Christian lady living next door to an atheist. Every morning the lady comes out onto her front porch and shouts "Praise the Lord!".
The atheist yells back, "There is no God".
She does this every morning with the same result. As time goes on the lady runs into financial difficulties and has trouble buying food. She goes out onto the porch and asks God for help with groceries, then says "Praise the Lord".
The next morning she goes out onto the porch and there's the groceries she's asked for, of course she says "Praise the Lord".
The atheist jumps out from behind a bush and says, "Ha, I bought those groceries - there is no God".
The lady looks at him and smiles, she shouts "Praise the Lord --- not only did you provide for me Lord, you made Satan pay for the groceries!"

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

It is Him, not me...

We are dead spiritually; we are fit for nothing but wrath; we were rebels and in bondage to sin and Satan.  In the midst of that condition, God saved us.  We exercised faith, which is itself a gift of God, (John 6:44-47), and God blessed us with the greatest possible gift –eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord! (John 5:24; 6:37-40)
You might ask, “If this is all a work of God, where do I fit in the process?”  The answer is you must believe, you must exercise faith in Christ for salvation.  This exercise is not a work, however, because it involves no ability on our part and no effort on our part.  That is the hard thing to understand about faith—it is not an action, it is surrender, a throwing up of the hands and saying “I can do nothing by myself”.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
It was Peter that said, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect.  No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. (2 Corinthians 15:10)
This is not a flagrant statement that is meant to excuse character flaws.  Peter knew he was a sinner who Jesus Christ came into the world to save.  And he knew it was the powerful grace of God that was the source of work in his life.
It is by God’s grace that he was called to be an apostle and it is only by God’s grace that he was strengthened to labor in the mission field harder than the others.  Paul wants us to understand that not only is he a man who totally sold out to God, but he is a man who works and acts totally at the good pleasure of God.  There is not one success that he can lay claim to.  He labored in the field, but God did the work.
All too often we are quick to accept the credit for our successes in life.  How wonderful would it be if everyone would acknowledge it was God working in them and with them?  Everything is given by him.  Nothing can be achieved without him.
Anything good you see in me is because of Jesus Christ.
And anything bad, well, I’m working on it with His help!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dancing in the Minefields

I was nineteen, you were twenty-one
The year we got engaged
Everyone said we were much too young
But we did it anyway

We bought our rings for forty each
From a pawn shop down the road
We made our vows and took the leap
Now fifteen years ago

We went dancing in the minefields
We went sailing in the storm
And it was harder than we dreamed
But I believe that's what the promise is for

"I do" are the two most famous last words
The beginning of the end
But to lose your life for another I've heard
Is a good place to begin

'Cause the only way to find your life
Is to lay your own life down
And I believe it's an easy price
For the life that we have found

And we're dancing in the minefields
We're sailing in the storm
This is harder than we dreamed
But I believe that's what the promise is for

So when I lose my way, find me
When I lose love's chains, bind me
At the end of all my faith, till the end of all my days
When I forget my name, remind me

'Cause we bear the light of the Son of Man
So there's nothing left to fear
So I'll walk with you in the shadow lands
Till the shadows disappear

'Cause he promised not to leave us
And his promises are true
So in the face of all this chaos, baby,
I can dance with you

And we're dancing in the minefields
we’re sailing in the storm
This is harder than we dreamed
But I believe that's what the promise is for.

No song has reminded me more of my marriage than this one.  It’s the one playing in the background.  It’s the one I wake up to playing in my head so often it’s kind of weird.  I think it’s the Lords reminder to keep forging on.  Life isn’t always easy or fun.  But it is the gift I have been given. And I cherish it. 

Joshua can be such a pain in the butt sometimes!  I guess so can I, (maybe)?   But I LOVE him.  I love him so much I can barely breathe sometimes.  I’m also scared to death that some day it will all end.  This is just an insecurity that I have because I also know that it never will.  A little conflicting, but it is what it is.  Thank you Babe for dancing in the minefields with me.  I love you!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Consider it a JOY

These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold – and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. So if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.1 Peter 1:7

Consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you will be perfect and compete, not deficient in anything.”  James 1:2-3

And so how do we count it all joy when we encounter various trials'?
  • By trusting Him through them –
Psalm 56:3-4 - When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.  In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid.    What can mere mortals do to me?
  • By keeping His word –
 Rev. 3:8, 10 -I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.
  • By keeping our faith alive with hope in Him –
Rev. 2:10 - Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.
  • By praying for those who have been critical –
Job 42:10- After Job had prayed for his friends, the LORD restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.

God will strengthen, He will comfort, He will provide, He will help to see you through. Then when you pass the test, you will have proven the power of God to be victorious over Satan and his schemes to destroy. You will experience joy beyond measure from the endurance of your faith.
The joy comes from deep, abiding faith and in due time, the reward. Praise Him.

“…Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Rev. 2:10