Jesus Our Source of Endurance

Jesus Our Source of Endurance

        Paul wrote these words to believers at Corinth, “No temptation has come to you that is not common to man. But God is faithful, and will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can endure, but when tempted, will provide a way of escape that you may be able to endure it..” 1 Corinthians 10: 13         Through Jesus also we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we endure, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  Sometimes when circumstances are almost overwhelming, what a great comfort to rest in the security …

Importance of Endurance

Importance of Endurance

    Perhaps other than Jesus, no one who lived on earth, suffered more than the apostle Paul. Yet while in prison, waiting to travel to Rome to see Caesar, he wrote some of the inspiring letters we read and endeavor to pattern our lives by today.  And we are not qualified to encourage others, unless we have endured the same situation.  I remember before death claimed my parents, husband, and only daughter, that I cared for those grieving in a sense, but  was not able to truly empathize with them, until after my loss of a loved one. However, Paul had suffered many hardships; so he was qualified to …

God Is Aware of Our Problems

God Is Aware of Our Problems

    Sometimes while an individual is enduring a problem or difficult situation, she might ask: where was God when I needed Him? He was at the same place he was when His Son was hanging on the cross paying the debt for your sins and mine. He is aware of each little sparrow that falls to the ground, he knows the number of hairs on your head and mine. Also I might add that He sees each tear I shed, every fall I take, and shares with me in every blessing He gives.   The writer of Hebrews stated: “And no creature is hidden from his …

Endurance Produces Patience

Endurance Produces Patience

    I confess that I have not matured in my faith sufficiently to ask God to send me trials, but when they come uninvited, I accept them without bitterness, trusting God will use them to help me grow more like my Savior.   In the letter of James 1: 2  he addressed this when he wrote:  “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you face trials of different kinds. Because you know the testing of your faith produces patience.”     He continued by saying we are to allow patience to run its course and be perfected, and blessed is the …

Did Job Always Have Patience

Did Job Always Have Patience

  Many people refer to Job as our model of patience, but did he always manifest patience? Perhaps no man on earth suffered more than Job, but remember though God allowed his trials and suffering, He put a limitation on how far Satan could tempt him.  At first God told Satan he could do anything to Job except afflict his body; so after the loss of all his children, herds, flocks, and all other earthly possessions; still Job trusted God.   Then after Satan failed to conquer Job, he told God if he were allowed to afflict his body he would not …

God Controls Our Suffering

God Controls Our Suffering

    While enduring trials and suffering, and they seem to go on and on, do not become discouraged. God will allow Satan to go only so far, and recall he must have God’s permission to afflict Job, and after God gave His permission, He put restrictions on those afflictions.  I have met one or two people through My Journey of Faith Ministries, who are enduring severe illnesses, and I want to assure them, and myself, that Satan can go only so far. Then one day God will intervene and stop his hand, or take us to be with Him. Either way, we are winners.   …

Introduction to Waiting

Introduction to Waiting

 Introduction to Waiting I came into this world with an inherent dislike for waiting! When tired of lying in bed and no one appeared to know that I wanted attention, I learned to cry until I received that attention. Then if my mother became involved with her daily activities and my feeding time was a bit late, I cried to get her attention. I loved sitting in her lap, taking nourishment from her breast while she smoothed my hair or patted me and told me how much she loved me. Soon I was so relaxed I went to sleep. Being her …

Waiting Becomes a Reality

Waiting Becomes a Reality

      Waiting Becomes A Reality   The Psalmist wrote that “sons are a heritage of the Lord, and children are a reward from Him; like arrows in the hands of a warrior, are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed in the man whose quiver is full of them.” Psalm 127:3-5. My parents were not familiar with that promise, but I did not wait long for a baby sister to share my parent’s attention. When I was barely eighteen months old, my sister Helen was born on December 24,1919. Her arrival caused some changes: first I must relinquish sleeping with my …

Waiting Then and Now

Waiting Then and Now

      Waiting Then and Now     At age ninety-nine plus again I am dependent on others for many of my needs. I’m thankful I can care for personal grooming, make my bed, spend many hours writing, and then put my thoughts into my computer. Though many years have passed since I was a dependent little girl, still I am trying to learn the importance of waiting and this verse gives me courage: Count it all joy, when you meet trials of various kinds: for the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. Then James adds: “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast …

I’m A Slow Learner

I’m A Slow Learner

      I’m a Slow Learner   Though I have found it necessary to wait from birth until almost 100 years of age, I’m still learning to wait patiently.  God is allowing me some difficult circumstances in life through which I must wait. When my husband was drafted to serve in the army, I did my share of waiting: waiting to see where he would receive basic training; where he would be stationed; and when shipped oversea, that was a long wait to hear from him; then the twenty-six months over sea was a very long wait. There was waiting involved each time we adopted one …

Importance of Waiting

Importance of Waiting

      Importance of Waiting           God’s timing is perfect always! And when we become tired waiting and run ahead of His plan, we will face disappointment and trouble. I admit it is difficult to pray and wait for God to come to our rescue when we see no visible evidence of His answer to our prayer. But this is where faith is necessary: remember faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Also we need to remember that  “all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” Sometimes it is …

Waiting Patiently Will Be Rewarded

Waiting Patiently Will Be Rewarded

      Waiting Patiently will be Rewarded   I believe waiting patiently is about the same as perseverance. And I like to think of perseverance as finishing something we begin. Perhaps salvation is one of the best examples. Even though true salvation can’t be lost; it will take perseverance to fight the devil and live the kind of life God intends. I will be glad if before God calls me home, I can truthfully say I count it all joy when faced with trials of different kinds: because the testing of my faith produces perseverance. During the past two years I …