Good to remember

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
James 1:12‭-‬19 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/jas.1.12-19.NIV

Slow to anger

https://abide.co/prayer/yoq7lz

Ways in which I know I need the Holy Spirit… for self control and discipline:

  • Exercise
  • Eating right
  • Being kind
  • Finances, both at school and home
  • Patience with others
  • Loving others
  • Not overthinking everything
  • Being nice to myself
  • Getting into classrooms
  • Listening before speaking.
  • Going to bed on time
  • Spending (or not spending).

It is amazing all of the areas I still need Gods grace and mercy. And spirit.

Doubt

This was originally posted (but saved to drafts), 5.22.2018.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
James 1:5‭-‬8 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/jas.1.5-8.NIV

Before I read today’s devotion, I realized that I needed to pray, and for me, the best place is alone, with a horse or 2, marvelling at God’s creation, and how blessed I am.

Perseverance

Original post 6.28.19, saved in Drafts

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
James 1:2‭-‬5 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/jas.1.2-5.NIV

Daily devo by Pastor Karen. Perseverance is a daily chipping away, as a sculptor would on a statue. One way to know we are growing, is when our behavior starts to change.

God also gives us wisdom, when we ask. Lord, what behaviors are you wanting to change in me?

Practice hospitality

I have shared our story, about how we ended up with an exchange student, andhow God whispered to my heart. I am thankful that He continues to whisper to my heart.

Today’s Daily acts of kindness devotional also speaks to me. Practice hospitality…. It is as reminder that God knows. God knows what we will be facing, and He says trust me.

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:9‭-‬21 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/rom.12.9-21.NIV

I was also prompted in my spirit, to check my thoughts and actions. When I share my story, about God telling me to serve at home, part of it includes that I had asked Craig for years, and he said No. Friday, when telling my cousin the sstory, he justified by stating we didnt really have the house to have an exchange student in the past. He is right of course. But the need to justify the story, makes me wonder if he feels as though I am putting him down. I know I pick on him a lot. He picks on me too. Does my picking on him, hurt him?

Lord, is there something that I need to change in me? Forgive me. Thank you for loving me, even when I am unloveble. Keep my spirit soft, that I wold be gentle as you are gentle.

Being an example

To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not Lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.

Maybe this is what I am missing. I need to be willing to serve those God has entrusted to me. Not because i must, but because I am.willing.

And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

There is much here I should remember. Humility, humble.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it. She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark. Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

1 Peter 5:1‭-‬14 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/1pe.5.1-14.NIV

If I am not humble, we can all be devoured. Lord, I.want to serve you. At home and at work. Lead me. Give me the words I need, when I need them. Keep a sword over my mouth, that only that which is edifying. Comes out of my mouth.

Guide me in this dissertation.

Use me to be a blessing.