i am lovin' reading from James today... faith and deeds, the words of our tongues, wisdom, about tomorrow, humbling yourself...but especially about patience & perseverance..
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 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. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
& verse 12 says:
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
-God continues to bless me through His word. i've gained so much wisdom and strength in the word this week, its as if He is guiding me to and through each book i read...i know He has a purpose for each word and the exact time i read it. and i aim to get everything He has intended for me to out of the words i read.
-we need the trials He places in our paths. -i know this very well. but that is much easier said than truly believing and grasping.
-you can say those words as much as you want and think you believe in them but until you are placed right in the middle of a struggle, a trial you cant face alone, you cant completely believe the words that we NEED trials.
-trials test our faith, which we need constantly as humans.
-but its hard to think that we would consider it joy to face trials of many kinds, im at a place where i do consider the trials i face joys...
-i find myself at a place of growing right now, i know God is putting me through pain and pretty tough trials that are producing great perseverance in me.
-im giving this time completely up to God, right now and the future, His marvelous plan includes my pain right now, it includes alot i dont understand. im not praying that i would understand this time, or anytime to come, but praying for complete trust, surrendering it all to my God, who holds my world in His hand!
-i believe in God's plan for me and everything that is included in that path, i have no doubts that His plan is much much greater than my own. "you must believe and not doubt"
-to be stable we must not doubt, we cannot doubt in this walk with our Father
-those who persevere through all the trials they are given has stood the test. they will receive the crown of life!
-but to persevere through any trial means realizing that we have no other constant in our lives, or in this world, than our God.
-He is the only thing in our life that wont change, that wont leave us, He will never leave our side. we must realize how crucial that is in our lives.
-CRUCIAL!! its so crucial to realize that we need that constant to hold on to when things change, when there is nothing else we can hold onto without losing it at some point.-YOU CANT LOSE GOD, it isnt possible. so why would we ever attempt to hold on to anything else if it wont hold us up forever?....we have a constant -and it is God...a constant love. a forever. a promise. hold on to that!
-and that is where you find perseverance-in your only constant.
-i have found so much joy in my trials through God's love for me, the wisdom He gives me in these verses that shine a light through these momentary struggles i am facing. i have patience in His timing, knowing that patience is also trust. which builds our faith!
-patience knowing that my God is shaping me in these trials to become a stronger woman of God, with greater perseverance.
-"blessed is the one who perseveres under trial"
-i thank my God for the trials He faces me with, for i can feel the growth and perseverance shaping me as i walk with my Father through each day..
YOU are my constant.