Monday, October 15, 2012

Praise Him in the Storm

Tonight was a great night with my family as we sat in Madilyne's room and lit a candle for her and Jordan.  We sat in the stillness of the room and reflected on the goodness of the Lord in our lives.

We were able to pray together and honestly thank the Lord for the blessing in our lives through Jordan, Madilyne, George and Bently.  Each one of them was a short time in our home, and we had many failures in them, but we prayed that God would still be able to use them and us.

We thanked God for protecting our Turner David through pregnancy, birth and almost his 4th year of life (Oct 28 he will be 4).  We praised God in the joy that he has provided to us and asked for wisdom in raising him and teaching him to Love the Lord.

We prayed that our marriage would be something that shows the love of Christ first to each other, to our son and then to those around that are watching.

We were able to pray for those that are walking the path we are on, and those that might be walking it with no hope.  We prayed for opportunities to show and tell of the hope in Christ to others.

What a great night in the midst of our sorrow and hurt.  You truly can have joy even in your trials if you CHOOSE to have it.

James 1: 2-18

Count it all joy, my brothers,[b] when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass[c] he will pass away.11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lightswith whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.[d] 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures

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