James 1:2-4 - My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Know this, that the trying of your faith worth patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Imagine that its Saturday morning and all is well. Your child has had some breakfast and “Clifford the Big Red Dog” is playing on your television. The cartoon, one she picked out, was a welcome break from the usual “Barney” or “Sesame Street.” However, lets face the fact that two year olds have short attention spans. It did not take long for Bella, my little one, to leave my side, when something caught her eye. The object of her affection was a small ceramic candle holder that was on the highest shelf of this book case. This high shelf is easily reachable by any adult but it would take the tippy toes for Bella to have a chance. She wandered across the room, reached up high and successfully managed to slide the saucer where she could grab it. In the process, however, the little candle holder fell back and could not be reached. Of course, this immediately set her to wining for assistance because she could not get to it on first try. Being the wonderful father that I am, I remained seated and continued my study. Her pleas increased and I reminded her that she has a step stool. Eagerly she secured her stool and brought it over to the fortress of her frustration, aka, bookcase. She struggled to place it and the wining in-sued. I heard her, but it was more beneficial for her to figure it out herself. She did in a minute or so and accomplished her mission. Her fascination with the candle holder lasted about as long as it took to get it but she learned a valuable lesson. She learned that trials can be lessons.
Christian, many times we act much the same when faced with a trial. I recognize that trials we face as adults are much more daunting than the one Bella just overcame but the principle still applies. Learn from your trials. As her father, I kept a watchful eye on the situation. Had the bookcase budged, I was ready to leap into action. I didn't fix the problem for her but I guided her toward a solution. How much more does God guide us! Bella listened to her father’s guidance to get her footstool. Christian are you willing to listen to the guidance of God. Do not be overcome with frustration in your trial, but overcome your trial with faith!
Turn The Light On! (Matthew 6:22-23) The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
(My first "Bible Blogger" blog and I just refound it. I hope you enjoy.) WHEN “NOW” HAS PASSED (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time;...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Getting Started! You Have to Start Before You Finish (Genesis 12:1-4a) Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
SET YOUR SIGHTS HIGHER (Colossians 3:2) Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. So, do you remember what it was like as a kid growing up? Is it just me or did it seem like everything was out of reach? All the good stuff...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
INGROWN SIN! Proverbs 28:13 - He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy. Be prepared! Typically, my blog post will have a nice story about some silly thing my daughter has said or...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
LOVE HIS APPEARING (2 Timothy 4:8) Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. I love to see...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
(Some blogs may be a little older when posted. The reason is that most have been previously posted on our Tumblr page. With this in mind, these blogs still have applicable truth. Enjoy.) Do You Know? Do You Go? Romans 10:13-14 - For whosoever...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
OPEN YOUR EYES (Psalm 119:118) Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. I love to watch my little girl learn and explore. Sometimes this means there will be a mess to clean up afterwards but it’s worth it....[ abbreviated | read entire ]
MY YOKE IS EASY Matthew 11:28-30 - Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is...[ abbreviated | read entire ]