Posted by: albenson | July 22, 2009

All? Really?

God has shown me that my new “home,” as we like to call it at our house, is in James. He has spoken to me especially through these verses in chapter 1:

2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Some initial thoughts:

  1. All? really ? count it all? no matter what? Its all joy?
  2. WHEN you meet trials, NOT if. So, they are going to come.
  3. I long for steadfastness! To be thankful to God for EVERY circumstance (that’s where the “all” comes in again)

With all the change in our lives at the moment, this passage has been dear to me.

It has been doubly dear to me as our best friends undergo the “when” in their lives right now as God carries them through the trial He has for them now. Please pray with us that God would continue to produce the steadfastness in their hearts that we already see. What a joy to see these verses lived out. What an encouragement that God is faithful to put a desire in your hearts to really count it ALL joy…really. Pray with us for the salvation of those who see the Sheridans “count it all joy!” Oh that they might see Christ and their need for Him, the One who gives joy unimaginable!

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