~bikes tuned up and ready to roll
~experiencing light at the end of the tunnel
~a hard working husband
~and 8 year old with an apologetic heart
~summer planning fun
~ice cold ice
~the safety of family who were close to the path of the Missouri tornado
~warm, sunny days
~being greeted by Carla & Jane on Sunday–the beauty of the church body
~Pizza Ranch with Dad and Pam to celebrate her birthday
~3 little girls movie date with Grandpa Don
~ G’pa & G’ma’s pool & pool house, the memories made there
~my faith increased
I’ve asked God to increase my faith.
I see what Abraham had–His faith was “accredited to him as righteousness”
I want that type of faith.
I want to make God smile, another way to show my love for Him.
Faith comes easy in these moments of overwhelming gratitude.
He has cared for me so!
I pray to say, as Paul did:
“I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content.” –Phil. 4:11
I feel a contentedness, but I am in a good state.
I long for the type of faith it takes to find that contentment, even in the miserable state.
Even in the tragic.
This type of faith takes a training, a learning.
It includes the
“trial of faith, the
discipline of faith, the
patience of faith, the
courage of faith
These stages are often passed through before receiving the goal–the victory of faith.”–L.B. Cowan
How to obtain this type of faith?
~Wait patiently for it
~Read His Word
~Do not be swayed by the Accuser
~Allow yourself to be stretched
~Submit, work on the “yes”
~Stay plugged into the source of faith, through His Word
~Stay in conversation with God
~”Remember the works of the Lord”–Psalm 77:11
~Be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord!–I Cor. 15:58
~When the answer is delayed, look for the lesson
~Be aware that testing and trial produces perseverance, let this spur you on. –James 1:3
~List the gifts. Focus on the goodness.
~Do not lose eternal perspective–“In light of eternity…”
~Remember He works ALL things out for my good. –Romans 8:28
~Ask for new mercies, know that they are “new every morning!”–Lam. 2:23
~Recognize that trials and waiting brings a dependence, an intimacy with God, that would not otherwise be possible
~Know that “He is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all we can ask or imagine!” -Eph. 3:20