Romans 5:2-4 esv

sunset4Because we live in the grace of Christ does not mean life is always easy.
Troubles and trials are allowed in our lives as part of the process of perfection.
Rejoicing is not our natural response to suffering; it is our nature to reject suffering.
If we abide in faith, knowing we live in His grace, our trials will develop our character,
transform our lives, and bring us joy 
in the hope we have in Christ.

Are you able to look at your suffering to see purpose in it?
Can you look beyond the suffering and see the hope that is your joy?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

1 Corinthians 13:3 niv

boxIf we sacrifice what we have so others will think more highly of us
we are not sacrificing with love we are sacrificing with pride.
If we suffer to gain attention to ourselves our resolve is not love but pride.
Pride is an opportunist always trying to find a way into our hearts.
Only love can overcome pride’s ambition.

Have you done battle with pride?  
How do you protect your heart from pride?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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James 5:13 esv

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When we suffer we are to pray.
When we are happy we are to sing praises.
God wants to hear from us in good times and bad.

What do you do when you are suffering?
What do you do when you are happy?
Do you pray and sing to the Lord?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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James 5:10 esv

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We may think that our suffering is more intense than what others endure.
If we look outside of ourselves we will see the suffering of others, past and present.
Seeing and reading of what other people have faced and persevered through
will help us put into perspective what we are experiencing and help us to  press on.

Do you feel alone in your suffering?
Will you look to others who have suffered, or are now suffering,
for help and inspiration in the struggle to stay strong?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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1 Peter 4:12 niv

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Trials rarely come with advance notice,  
so they are usually a surprise.  
But really, we should expect them. 

 Though this passage is referring  to suffering for Christ’s sake,
   we can understand it to mean any trial that comes to us.
Troubles are a part of life that will happen and are not unusual.
We are not alone in them, we have a Helper at our side.

Is there a painful trial in your life?
Do you know you have a Helper?
Have you asked for His help?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia