Isn’t that just like life? Storms hit us out of nowhere. Last week I shared with you a storm from my life…the storm itself passed and all is back to normal again. Well, except for me. I have learned over time that God really does do a work in us through the storms if we will allow Him and it will be for His Glory and our spiritual maturity.
It seems like many of the children of God are experiencing major storms and trials in their lives all around us today. Take heart that HE knows us so well and knew we would need His Word to walk on for our sure footing! These are the stones He used in my life this past week to encourage me to keep walking! These two verses James 1:2 and 1 Peter 4:12. I like the two renditions below.
ESV James 1:2
2 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial (storms), for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
The Message Bible James 1:2
2 Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. 3You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. 4So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
ESV 1 Peter 4:12
12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
The Message Bible 1 Peter 4:12
12 Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. 13Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.
Tomorrow is the deadline for our Costa Rica Team coming together! Please pray as a few people are still in the valley of decision! I am so excited about the team God has brought together for this trip. Every time He just hits it on the mark! Imagine that!
Starting next week we will be in the “get down to business” stage for this trip. I will be making you aware of prayer requests and what you can do to be involved in this trip besides giving. We always need the finances to start coming in for the women at this time. However, there are some other things that I want to encourage you to do that I have not done before. I’m looking for it to be incredible because I believe only God could put this stuff on my heart! If you knew me you would understand that because I do not have much of a creative bone in my body! Some would say not even ONE! Ha,ha,ha. But I do try to have a tender ear to the LORD and His direction!
This week please pray for the final team members to come on board and then for all the details that will start up within the next week and forward!
Costa Rica……Here we come!!!!!
P.S. Keep Walking my friends!!!!!! Remember; don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job!