This morning as I looked outside my window this photo is what I saw.
Amazing color and such beauty.
How grand it was!
I just had to grab my camera.
Of course, being not a professional photographer,
I didn’t quite capture it all but you can get the idea.
Many years ago I memorized James 1.
For such a time as this my LORD knew how
I would hold to these words, HIS WORDS,
and be able to truly COUNT IT ALL JOY!
Only through HIM could I see such JOY as I do today.
Oh, how truly humbling it is to serve such an AMAZING TRUE GOD!!!
To GOD be the GLORY for all HE does and for restoring the
JOY OF MY SALVATION!!
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
But let patience have its perfect work,
that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God,
who gives to all liberally and without reproach,
and it will be given to him.
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting,
for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;
he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
The Perspective of Rich and Poor
Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation,
but the rich in his humiliation,
because as a flower of the field he will pass away.
For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass;
its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes.
So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.
Loving God Under Trials
Blessed is the man who endures temptation
for when he has been approved,
he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
Let no one say when he is tempted,
“I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil,
nor does He Himself tempt anyone.
But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.
Then, when desire has conceived,
it gives birth to sin; and sin,
when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
and comes down from the Father of lights,
with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth,
that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
Qualities Needed in Trials
So then, my beloved brethren,
let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak,
slow to wrath;
for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Doers—Not Hearers Only
Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness,
and receive with meekness the implanted word,
which is able to save your souls.
But be doers of the word,
and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer,
he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror;
for he observes himself, goes away,
and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty
and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work,
this one will be blessed in what he does.
If anyone among you thinks he is religious,
and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart,
this one’s religion is useless.
Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this:
to visit orphans and widows in their trouble,
and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
His MERCY is so new every Morning and HIS faithfulness is unending!!
by Mercy Me
If you had a dime for every time it rained
on this parade you’re marching in called life
You’d start to wonder if someone out there’s got your number well,
hold your head up, breath in deep,
you know it’s gonna be alright -you know it’s gonna be alright.
We’re gonna have those days when it all comes crashing in
wondering if the sun will ever shine
before you go and convince yourself you cannot make it
hold you head up, breath in deep,
you know it’s gonna be alright – you know it’s gonna be alright
there’s a love much stronger than everything that holds you down right now
you know it’s gonna be alright.
So next time when you tell yourself this isn’t worth it
hold you head up, breathe in deep,
Count it pure joy when the world come crashin’
hold your head up and keep on dancin’