I don’t mind telling you that the past two days have been a bit of
It began as I was getting ready Sunday morning. As I hopped in the shower to get ready for church, I began to think about my Dad and Ned.
Tears began to fall. I struggled to put makeup on. Finally, I maintained composure and finished up.
We made it to church. Our current series is on being #ThankFULL or full of thanks.
The message began with a short video. It made me tear up! Not ugly cry but definitely a flow! Dan Lian delivered quite possibly one of the best messages on being able and what it means to thank God, even in our trials.
Here’s a short summary from my notes. I encourage you to watch online
We can be thankful.
Consider it pure joy….
Trials and Temptations
“2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Testing of faith produces perseverance
Testing of our faith is good!
Testing produces the genuineness of
There is nothing more important than genuine faith
A trial reveals in whom you have your faith
Producing of perseverance…
Our resolve is being developed!
Resistance strengthens you!
As a loving Father, God what’s to teach me to carry the load….not take it from you
Finish its work….
Trial is time-sensitive.
God has got more in store for you.
You have to let the trial run its course
Allow perseverance to finish its work
God doesn’t always want to lighten the load but to strengthen you for the load!
This trial is testing my faith and testing my faith is good!
I will persevere in this trial and it will make me stronger
Future me will look back and be #ThankFULL of this trial
As we neared the end of this message, he asked us to stand and repeat the last three phrases together. Once. Twice
Through tears and a quivering voice, barely audible, I repeated all three. Thankful he didn’t ask us to repeat more than twice!
After coming home, I had the privilege to attend a beautiful celebration of life service for a dear friends’ daddy.
During the reception, I talked with my sweet cousin by marriage, Denise, to learn that my uncle wasn’t doing well.
Yesterday, I had the sweet joy and privilege of visiting him and a whole host of Reese people. We don’t do things in small numbers. We are not a small number family.
When I got home last night, I realized I had not written a #ThankFULL post for the day. I tried. The words wouldn’t come.
So what am I #ThankFULL for today? I am grateful for this journey God has me on right now. I have no clue where it’s leading or how he’s working. I just know that He is good and He is able to teach me to carry the load and rest in Him.