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Smiling through trials? Really James?

Hello and HAPPY Thursday!
So, where do we begin this evening? How about with an area that we all face, which is trials and temptations?
Have you ever wondered why James wrote to the Christians telling them to count it all joy when ye fall into various temptations? I think that its an area that we all struggle with, especially when we experience loss or hurt, or having to watch those that we love suffer from an illness or a painful situation.
Let us take a look at what James means, shall we?
In the book of James, he is writing to the persecuted Christians who were once part of the Jerusalem church. To the twelve tribes which were scattered aboard.
V2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers (various) temptations (trials or testing).
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work (full effect), that ye may be perfect and entire (mature and complete), wanting nothing.

Try making any sense out of that when you’re hurting and waiting for a breakthrough to come, right?
Hold on, take a look.
The word temptation as used here refers to trials or testing. It does not mean an enticement to do evil. While God tests us, he never provokes us to sin.
James doesn’t say if we face trails, but when we face them. He assumes we will have trials and that it is possible to profit from them. We are not required to pretend to be happy when we face pain, but to have a positive outlook because of the results trials will bring. James tells us that to turn our hardships into times of learning. Rough times can teach us patience.
We can’t really know the depth of our character until we see how we react under pressure. It is easy to be kind when everything is going well, but can we still be kind when others are treating us unfairly?
God desires to make us mature and complete (“perfect“), not to keep us from pain.
Instead of us complaining about our struggles, we should see them as opportunities for growth.
Thank God for promising to be with you in rough times. Ask Him to help you solve your problems or give you the strength to endure them.

We are told to be patient; God will not leave us alone with our problems; He will stay close by and help us grow.
We’ve heard it before, and it is hard but this is our instructions from Gods Word, and there isn’t anything else that’s going to compare to what He wants for us, which is for us to count it all joy!
So, remember as we are going through our hurts, waiting periods, and disappointments, God has a plan for our lives and knows why He allows what He allows.
So let’s do our absolute best to adjust our attitude and seek Him to help us in the midst of the trials.

How detailed is God’s timing?

Happy Wednesday:) and what a busy day so far!
You know how we hear a lot of talk about God’s timing? It seems that everyone we know, including ourselves, is waiting for something. No matter how big or small an issue, it is important to us. It’s often hard to remember that God is involved in our daily lives when we are waiting and aren’t seeing any changes or solutions, right?
Well, today I was studying in the book of Joshua for my Bible study lesson, and it got my attention.
If you read in the first chapter of Joshua, you will find that it’s after the death of Moses, the Lord’s disciple, God, spoke to Moses’ assistant, whose name was Joshua, and said to him,
2 “Now that my disciple is dead, {your are the new leader of Israel} Lead my people across the Jordan River into the Promised Land.
5 No one will be able to oppose you as long as you live, for I will be with you just as I was with Moses; I will not abandon you or fail to help you. 6 “Be strong and brave, for you will be a successful leader of my people; and they shall conquer all the land I promised to their ancestors. 7 You need only to be strong and courageous and to obey to the letter every law Moses gave you, for if you are careful to obey every one of them, you will be successful in everything you do.
Skip to v 9 Yes, be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
10, 11 Then Joshua issued instructions to the leader of Israel to tell the people to get ready to cross the Jordan River. “In three days we will go across and conquer and live in the land which God has given us!” he told them.
First of all, we do not have to follow the law to the letter because we aren’t under the law now but under Grace. God was giving him direct instructions on how to be successful in everything that he did, (umm sort of like we have His instructions today).
God told him that he must be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt, hello? Any bell ringers here?? God also told him that the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Everywhere you go is pretty much everywhere you go right?
The part that got my attention is vs. 10, 11. As most know, the long awaited Promised Land was a BIG DEAL! Not only was it a BIG DEAL BUT it had taken 40 YEARS to get to this point. I mean we had a whole generation to die out due to disobedience and lack of trust. SO here it was the BIG DAY when God finally spoke out the “real deal” instructions and
Joshua got it underway.
I thought about how we are all in a holding pattern, but most of us haven’t been in a 40 year waiting period to finally accomplish the thing that is so BIG to us at this moment.
Take comfort in knowing that God knows His timing, and He will give the orders out according to His plan and purpose. In the meantime seek His Word daily for encouragement and joy. I assure you that you will find it there:) Look at it this way, Why was “that day” the day that God chose to speak the instructions to bring about such a long awaited event? What would another day of waiting matter in the big picture anyway?
Just God’s timing I suppose:))

Hope this encourages you to remember that we are all waiting and God knows His timing and will speak the instructions at just the right time:)

Finally off to a great start…

I’m excitedly waiting for my site to be established:) Today will be 72 hours SO I hope it gets up and going soon!

I’ve managed to do well so far with portion control and exercise, but of course this is just my second day:) I realize that I want what God has for me more than I want to overeat and be miserable. I need to be obedient to a new plan and to know that He will use me when He’s ready. Sometimes we have to¬†”JUST DO IT”, as Nike says. If we know that the Lord has put something in our hearts and we’ve really prayed about it…and it lines up with His Word, then instead of waiting for this audibile voice, we have to take the situation into our hands and pray over it some more and then GO FOR IT! God just may surprise you and line up the confirmation.:))) We must be willing to step out in faith:), Faith to trust Him more! Know that we’ve done all the preparation on our end as much as possible and then trust and step out there…If it’s His Will, He will bless your efforts.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 says

11 For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the LORD,” plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

12 Then you will call on me come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

So absolutely true! The hard part is remembering it…He’s always there Willing, Waiting and Watching:)) Trust Him and do your best to remember it:))

The foundation, a door and a window…thats all that remains…

Wow, so many changes take place in our lives and before we know it our life has changed so much that there isn’t much that remains the same. I recently retired and closed my business due to not being able to continue the line of work that I had done for twenty years due to having neck and back issues, but enough about that because I’m a firm believer that ¬†this was all due to God’s timing. A time to now work spiritually harder instead of physically harder. God’s work is a lot more fun by the way:)

Why is it that when we are taken out of our comfort zone we begin to get discouraged some days and find it hard to remember that God is always with us? His Word tells us that He never leaves us nor forsakes us. Recently I drove by the building that I used to lease space and operate my skincare and nail care business. To my surprise…it had totally been remodeled and ALL that remained that gave a hint of my existence there was the foundation, door and window… I said this is too profound and I just know that God has a message in this some how for me. So, here I am with my first blog ever. I’m not even sure how all of this works, but I trust that God has a new direction for my life as I set out to find my purpose for Him in 2016. A time in my life like never before. I have always worked by an appointment book that met the needs of others all day long and usually in forty five minute increments…I didn’t have much time for me. I have struggled with the fact that I’m not quite as “in demand” as I used to be, or “needed”, But I am learning how to rest in God’s independence instead of my own. AND Don’t think for a moment that this has been an easy change over…I’ve always heard that as Christians, We must die to our “old” nature and be ready to follow Him whatever the cost. I recently had the thought that while I’ve had some really low days excepting all of the changes, and trying to accept this new way of life, I’ve realized that perhaps this is exactly what dying to the old way of life, Kim’s way of life being totally in control and in charge that I’ve finally come to realize that I’ve honestly mourned it like a death. I look back over the past two years and I’ve experienced all of the emotions that go along with the acceptance and healing from the loss of a loved one…So with this said, I believe that it’s time to allow God to use me to help others in the way that He desires…I’ve mourned it long enough…For faith to trust Him more as I go:)

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