Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Currently, I would love to close the chapter on one season of my life. I want that lesson to be learned. I want that particular set of circumstances to be over. I am over it, and I want the situation to be resolved. Verses like the one referenced above in James remind me that there are often no easy way out of trying situations. I need to remember that testing produces steadfastness. I honestly want to be steadfast, but I don’t want the testing of faith. I want completeness without the work. The truth is that the only way for faith to be strengthened is to walk in step with the King of Kings. He didn’t promise that the walk would be easy. He promised that you and I will never walk alone. He is with us every step of the way.
I was born and raised in Florida, and my children and I moved back to Florida from the desert Southwest earlier this year. One interesting fact about Florida is that although it is called the sunshine state, it rains quite frequently here, especially in the Summertime. My friends who had never been to Central Florida were amazed about how green the trees and grass is here in Florida. The subtropical climate keeps everything looking green and vibrant. Just like the plants and trees need water to grow, I need God’s grace to wash over me. I need healing rain
“And hallelujah, grace like rain washes over me. And hallelujah all my stains are washed away.”
I don’t know about you, but I am often in a rush to get through one season of life to the next, especially if the current season is one of waiting or uncertainty. I don’t like loose ends. I really am uncomfortable with not having a set plan, and I crave a routine and predictability. I need to remember that God is God. He works things out for my good and His glory in His perfect timing. His ways are higher than my ways. Help me to surrender to Your plan, Lord when I want to rush into the next season of my life.
I haven’t written a post about gratitude in a while. I am sitting in a quiet house watching my youngest daughter sleep, and I want to take a moment to thank God for the many blessings in .y life.
- My son had a fun birthday party with grandparents, Aunts, Uncle’s and cousins.
- My brother surprised my son with a visit to celebrate my son’s seventh birthday.
- I am thankful for my Little Man who is creative, a great brother, loves anything with wheels, and is my favorite seven year old in the world.
- I am thankful for the love and encouragement of friends and family.
- I am thankful that I can have fun running errands and spending time with my Mom.
- I am thankful that my kids tell me of their adventures each afternoon after school.
- I am thankful that my mom and brother surprised me by bringing me lunch.
What are you thankful for this week?
I have a bad habit of focusing on the problems, struggles and imperfections of life. I want to get rid of this bad habit though. At the end of the day, I want to know that I have loved my children well, and pointed them to the One who loves perfectly. My kids spell love t-i-m-e. So, for them to feel my love, I need to give them the gift of my undivided attention and time. I want to close my laptop, put my phone away and just enjoy being with my kids. This sounds like a great plan for the weekend.
My Pastor’s testimony moved me to tears last Sunday. The past six months I have struggled with guilt over the way that my decisions have impacted my loved ones, especially my children. I need wisdom. I grapple with decision fatigue. I want to make the best choices for my children and for myself. I need wisdom. This reminds me of James 1:5.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
I need to pray and ask God for wisdom. I want to remember that my focus should be on living my life God’s way for His glory, and passing on this legacy of faith to my children (Ecclesiastes 2:13.) He is my comfort, my peace, my identity, my security and my refuge. When I am distracted by other desires, I need to remember that my greatest need is my Saviour.