2-22-2022

Dear Precious Friends,
On this unique day of 2/22/2022, I pray you are waking up to this new day with encouragement that comes from spending time with the Lord. Life has certainly been full of great uncertainties lately. His word reminds us "Trust in Him at all times. Pour out your heart to Him, for God is our refuge." Psalm 62:8
In going through a very tough time, I have found these truths helpful and I pray they help you as well:
When we feel deeply afflicted, it is hard for us to believe that God is tenderly involved in our lives. We feel as though perhaps God has forsaken us or—worse still—is punishing us for some mistake we have made. Job, as he was enduring the pain and sorrow of his lengthy ordeal, felt as if he had been utterly forsaken by God. Yet by faith he trusted in God, saying, “But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” (23:10). He relied on God’s good purposes, in the midst of personal pain and loss and anguish. This is a difficult exercise, because it means living entirely by faith, regardless of our present circumstances. It means trusting God and patiently waiting for him to fulfill His perfect and merciful purposes for us. It means holding to a heavenly and eternal perspective, rather than seeking pleasure and fulfillment here and now.
There are things about our lives that we just don't understand. God can bring good out of bad. "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." Romans 8:28. It doesn't mean that bad becomes good, because bad is bad. But it does mean that God can bring good despite bad, and our trials can bring forth good things. My friends God is in control and we need to thank HIM for whatever happens in our life. We need to thank HIM when things are good and we need to thank HIM when we face trials that seem to overwhelm us(I know it is not easy but this can only be done by the leading of the Holy Spirit). It is when our world is turned upside down and things are out of our control that we learn to fully trust in God completely. For this reason, James declares, we count them blessed which endure. Those who steadfastly endure the trials God sends their way are, in the end, the most blessed people on earth. Their lives have brought glory to God, their testimony has pointed to eternity, and their faithfulness has reminded us of God’s goodness.
Source: Gods word, Holy Spirit, Daily Devo.
May be an image of text that says 'AS YOU ANOW WE COUNT AS BLESSED IHOPE WHO HAVE PERSEVERED. YOU HAVE HEARD OF JOB'S PERSEVERANCE AND HAVE SEEN WHAT THE LORD FINALLY BROUGHT ABOUT. THE LORD IS FULL OF COMPASSION AND MERCY. JAMES 5:11 NIV'
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