Friday, November 2, 2012

Trials Do Come November 2012 RJD



March 8, 1998


Spurgeon states, “It was never in God’s design for His people to be untried.” The book of James tells me, “Consider it pure joy when you experience trials of many kinds.” James continues with “the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

               Yes, God does test His children; he does it for our own good. If we weren’t tested we would not gain spiritual insight into our world and we would never know God for who He is. We would never know we could rely on Him in times of stress, especially from the world. I would have completely caved in this past Thursday, if I had not known that God would listen and take care of a situation and He has!

Thank You, Lord.


The situation I had two days prior involved an order I had placed with a specialized company for a birthday present for my dad. He turned 75. (In the previous two years we had been through his emergency Heart Bypass and Cancer surgeries and another ordeal.) The ordered item didn’t come. I called the company. The lady returned my call; they didn’t receive the order. I lost all composure and started screaming into the phone. She hung up on me. Then, I felt terrible.

               Later, as we ate ice cream and cake, Hubby told Dad about the issue in conversation. Dad said very nicely, “That company has a lot of problems in their order department.” God was there for me.

 More recently: I ordered replacement checks for my personal account. I should have done it when I started the last pad in the box. But I didn’t. I was told they would be here this on the 30th. I realized on Wednesday that I needed to pay two bills but that would take my last two checks. I then realized it was the 31st. I called the 800 number again and finally got to talk to a representative, what I call a ‘real’ person. She was very kind. She sent me out a second order, sending them by another carrier. My original order came today, three days late. The second order came yesterday, one day after I made my call. I didn’t feel the need to get upset or raise my voice. I think I may have learned something here.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Reader Appreciation Award


Several weeks ago I received nomination for an award from Emily Akin at Blog4 WritersBlog4 Writers. Thank you, Emily. Emily’s blog is about writing. She provides information about writing issues and links to sites to assist her fellow writers.

I, of course, accepted it, and there are a few requirements:

 •Acknowledge the giver of the award and provide a link to his/her blog site.

 •Copy and paste the award to your blog.

 •Pass the award to a maximum of ten bloggers.

 Notify your selected bloggers that you have nominated them.


It is now my turn to nominate some bloggers. Because I write about Jesus and our walk with Him, I read several Christian blogs. The ones I have nominated are ones that I find make me think about my relationship with Christ, about my faith and how I can walk closer to Him.


My nominations are:

·       Dottie Parrish at Faith Notes

·       Cathy Biggerstaff at Joyful Journey

·       Berta Dickinson at Snapshots



Please take a few minutes to visit each blog. Think about encouraging each of these writers by commenting If you have a favorite Christian blog, please share it with us by leaving its URL.

Monday, October 29, 2012

I Will Trust In Him



“Bind up the testimony and seal up the law among the disciples.

 I will wait for the LORD, who is hiding his face
from the house of Jacob.

 I will put my trust in him.”

Isaiah 8: 16-17 (NIV)


“Bind up the testimony. . . “ My concordance defines testimony as a witness borne on behalf of something.

“. . . seal up the law among the disciples.” That same concordance tells me the law is an authoritative rule of conduct.

“I will wait for the LORD “ The prophet Isaiah states what we all should do especially when we face circumstances that can cause problems or change our lives. Sometimes we don’t wait and find things have become big messes.


When events happen that have caused problems, we need to rely upon God and His grace to work out the kinks of the circumstances. A friend of mine and her family have been through a time of intense emotion. Two hospital stays with a rehab stay sandwiched in between, coupled with miscommunication caused this family a lot of pain and stress. But several of us close to that family were praying for them. When my friend called me after a day and a half in the hospital this last time, she told me she could feel those prayers. By praying, we were trusting God in her behalf.

Fear, Courage: God Is With Us  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD ...