I had lunch with a precious new friend on Friday. We always enjoy our time together, and we are able to talk about our frustrations with work, life and in general. We leave feeling lifted and loved.
We were leaving, hugged for our good-byes, she asked for prayers for patience.
NO! Never ask for patience from God. Background: A precious missionary wife (Marianne) was in a prayer group with me about twenty years ago, and I had asked for patience with my first husband and kids. She came up to me afterward – privately- and said “Never ask for patience, God will just you more tribulations. Ask for wisdom and discernment instead.” Now, whenever anyone asks in prayer for patience, I immediately respond with what Marianne said.
“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.” James 1:2-5 (NIV)
There are days, before I set my feet to the ground, that I say this out loud to God. On those days, I claim this…that God will show me His glory. I also believe that speaking it out loud helps. I am not exactly sure why, just that it does.
Some days I need God to show me more of His glory than others. I am certain God needs to see more of me in His glory as well – but that is another discussion.
Asking for some GLORY today.
Believing in the little things today.
Do what you can when you can. Love, hug and enjoy.
This song got me through many a hard moments in my life. This verse grounds me. Thankful.
“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” – John 21:25
If we were to list everything we did well, would we believe it? Do we doubt ourselves too much? Why is it if we do something well so hard for us to believe it in ourselves? In others? Doubt.
There should be thousands of stories of Christ in Bible, and we should believe all of them. We have to convince others to believe the ones that are there, let alone the ones that aren’t.
How many things do you feel you have to convince yourself to believe on a daily basis. Is that really true, especially in today’s media environment? So many things can be manufactured by individuals that look real – are the real? Do things have to be held in your hands to be real?
Just my thoughts for today…believing in many things…sight unseen.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7
This is just plain funny to me…I don’t mean to offend anyone.I loved this…
“You are deeply loved this day. This is the day the Lord has made.” – Beth Moore
Because your loving kindness is better than life, my lips will praise you. -Psalm 63:3
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