Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Trials and Blessings

Oh how I've missed writing.  I really am thankful God has given me the opportunity to have this blog.  Even if no one reads it...i know my children can go back and read it when I'm gone.  :)  But I am floored that I have had as many readers that I have!  Thank you for taking the time to read what God has laid on my heart!!!  I am thankful for you!

God has blessed us with an amazing opportunity to fly to MI to see my sister and her family.  We had an amazing time! 

Sister and I in our matching jackets...too funny, we didn't even know the other got one!
 We only get to see them 1-2 times per year, so when we do, it's an extra special treat!  And oh how her kids grow each time we see them.  It was just Ian and I that went this time.  I took Ellie the previous time and I told V, he is going with me the next time. 

We loved spending time with my sister and her family.  So special!  Melts my heart to hear them call my name and ask me to play with them!

Especially to hear littlest say "hold my hand".

 Such a sweet refreshing time God gave me from the trials He has brought into my life these past few months.

Yes- I said trials.  Yes- I said from God.  Check out this sermon from my pastor:
Enduring Trials and Temptations

 Have you experienced any lately?
God says if you have or are going through one He calls you His son or daughter!!

So do we dare say..."Bring on the trials!" ???  :)

"And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children. My son, despise not thou the chastening (education, training, correction) of the LORD, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him: For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth.  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons."  Hebrews 12:5-8

Did you see that?!  If we don't have hard times come into our lives God calls us bastards and not sons!  He is my Daddy in Heaven and He knows what's best for me.  I respect my earthly Dad, so I will respect my Heavenly Dad even more!  He deals with my spirit! 

"Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son..." Galatians 4:7

Check out this verse!  I am so amazed at this one it gives me strength to keep pressing on in the fire...

"For they [earthly dads] verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but He for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness."  Hebrews 12:10

WOAH!!  God is chastising me so I may participate in His holiness!!!!!!!!! 

Because guess what?  This life we live here on earth is NOT about us and our happieness.  It's not about the here and now...  It is about ETERNITY!!!!  

"For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away."  James 4:14 

Everyone's soul will live on for eternity....the question we need to ask ourselves is where?  

"And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal" Matthew 25:46

Will you live in Heaven in God's holiness or Hell in God's wrath?  The only way we can live in God's holiness is through His Son.  Have you surrendered your life to Him?  Then why do we still live for ourselves?  

"And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it."  Luke 9:23-24 

HE is the Author and Finisher of our faith...so keep going, He has lots of work to do in your life to FINISH your faith!!  Keep your eyes on HIM!

"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith..."  Hebrews 12:2a

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