Verses I am studying today:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking in anything.
My Humble View~
Consider (to think about carefully) it pure (not mixed with anything else) joy (a feeling of great happiness) my brothers (one related to another by common ties or interests), whenever you face trials (the action or process of trying or putting to the proof, test) of many kinds, because you know that the testing (a critical examination, observation, or evaluation) of your faith (belief in the existence of God : strong religious feelings or beliefs) develops (to grow or become bigger or more advanced) perseverance (the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult, steadfastness). Perseverance must finish (complete) its work so that you may be mature (having reached a final or desired state) and complete (finished), not lacking (to not have enough) in anything.
God is talking to me again...
39 years ago today my oldest son was born. I love him with all of my heart (there is always a but isn't there?) but he has basically meant pain to me every one of those 39 years. Some was caused by others over him and some by him. I hurt from him and I hurt for him. It has been almost 3 full years since I saw him and he has no intentions of seeing me again in this life time.
I have known, for a long time, that God was using him to teach me things. I never realized that it was also to test my faith. Or to teach me to be mature and complete. Please pray for my son Randy. He does not know God, love or anything good. He lives filled with hate and the love of money. For a long time I feared him waking up with regrets. Now I fear that he will not wake up and regret anything. I think that is even scarier! I could use your prayers too. This time of year is always hard.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.
My Humble View~
Let them give thanks (something done or said to express thanks) to the Lord (God, Jesus) for his unfailing (never changing or becoming weaker even in difficult times, always providing enough of what is needed, everlasting) and his wonderful (awesome!) deeds (something that is done : an act or action) for men. Let them sacrifice (offering) thank offerings (something that is given to God as a part of religious worship) and tell of his works (to devote serious and sustained effort) with songs of joy (a feeling or state of well-being and contentment).
This is my daily devotional from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.
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I hope you are having a wonderful Monday! Wasn't the weekend awesome?