Friday, July 13, 2012

My Faith Needs to Grow RJD # 16

I have times when I discover that my faith is not what it needs to be. I have doubts about certain paths I have taken and consider throwing in the towel, so to speak. I recently went through a time where I had to seek the Lord’s guidance and teaching on what He wants for me and from me.

The following journal entry explores the fact of faith in our lives.


“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we don’t see.”

Hebrews 11:1(NIV)

Faith carries the definition of reliance on something or someone.

 Do we rely on God as we should?

             We have times when events are so big that trusting God is the only thing we can do.

             But faith seems to be a daily exercise. We have certain areas of our lives in which we practice our reliance on our heavenly Father.

            In practicing our faith, we have to let God work in the need. In essence, each believer has to step aside, turn the problem over to Jesus and let Him deal with it.

            As Americans, we sometime find ourselves misunderstanding the basic working of faith. Trust is one main factor. We have to give our fears to Him and allow God to walk us through the situation.


A defining Acrostic- I love acrostic words. The following one is something I heard in a worship service several years ago.

Forsaking All In Trusting Him

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

All-Sufficient Grace

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.

But he said to me,

‘my grace is sufficient for you,

for my power is made perfect in weakness.’”

2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (NIV)

            The Apostle Paul had a bothersome health problem. We are not told what it was but we do know it was something that perplexed him. He even called it “a thorn in my side.”  

            We have this scriptural account of him pleading with Jesus to remove it. Christ’s response tells us that He had a purpose in allowing Paul to have this condition. 

            As I was choosing scriptures for this month’s topic, I found this passage speaking to me. I have fibromyalgia. The muscle aches sometimes appear in cycles. This particular day, the weather was very cool-over night the temperature might have fallen into the 40’s. This is not usual weather for June. I found myself in the dull overall pain that I have come to recognize. I wanted to sleep rather than start my day on time.

            Once I pulled myself out of bed, had my devotions and checked on laundry, I sat down to complete some writing craft tasks. I had begun searching scripture for appropriate passages for July- the topic being grace.           

            I came upon the reference in my concordance. GRACE, Described as, All-sufficient . . . 2Cor 12:9

            I turned in my Bible and read the verse and the one before it. It spoke to me. I had new understanding of the Lord’s words.

            In the past when I had a ‘fibro day’ I would not be active. The end of the day came and I wouldn’t have done anything productive in taking care of our home or in the writing craft. My outside activities became limited to what I had to do. A related condition to the fibro causes me to continue to monitor my outside appointments and social engagements. But, after reading these two verses, I have discovered I need to rely on God’s grace for these disorders.

            Paul chose to share this part of his life with his readers. He also conveyed the Lord’s message to him.

            “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

Monday, July 9, 2012

Rejoice In the Lord RJD # 15

               I am slowly getting back into the swing of things with this new computer. Please continue to bear with me.

Rejoice Always—

            At a new birth—a new life

            When a believer dies—a new home in heaven

            At a graduation—a new phase of life

            At a salvation experience—a new heart

            At a wedding—a new life together

            At a promotion—a step forward in a career

            When a neighbor moves—a bigger home, a place closer to work
            When we celebrate any of the above events we are happy for the ones who receive these things. The one exception is when a believer dies. Friends and family miss their loved one but they know the absent one is with God.

           As believers, we should look for the hand of God in all events. It may take a lot of studying of circumstances to learn to rejoice in the Lord always.

 As I transcribed this entry into my NEO, I realized I am not always to the point of rejoicing always. I have a friend who is having health issues. She has a history that causes her to fear having anything done surgically. I understand her concern. I also am aware how serious it would be for her if she doesn’t get these issues seen about. I want to rejoice with her when she makes the decision that God deems best for her.
When our son relocated because he found work, many people asked me how I felt about it. I rejoiced he found work. Jobs are scarce where we live. God heard our prayers and found him the best job for him. 


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