I was reading through a couple of devotional journals over the weekend, and I found a few musings on faith that have been on my mind. I thought I’d share them here, just in case you have similar thoughts on your heart.
August 23, 2014
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
James 1 : 2–4
I want to change my attitude. I want to smile more, stress less, and count it all joy. I fall into the trap of complaining all too often. Honestly, it seems as though most of my conversations are just complaining. It’s okay to vent or seek advice when I need to, but I want my words to be worth more than that. I want to speak life.
I want my focus to be on the joy and beauties of this world, knowing that I’m really counting on the next one.
September 19, 2014
Matthew 6 : 25–34, Teachings on Worry
When I think about it, I realize that worry has a handle on me. I often wake up worrying. I check my school email with a pit in my stomach. My mornings at school are spent in a cloud of worry. Why is this?
I know some level of worry is normal. It’s human. But this level—not okay. Trust is part of faith. Knowing there is a plan for me—a good one—is part of faith. Not being afraid is part of faith.
Constant, pervasive worry has no place in a life of faith.
I want to put worry in its rightful place and not let it hinder my walk with the Lord.
September 30, 2014
count it all joy
James 1 : 2
walk in love
Ephesians 5 : 2
But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance
Galatians 5 : 22, 23
These are some of my favorite verses, but I always act like this way of life is a destination, not how to act, like I need to get my career or house or other circumstances in order for this to be possible.
That’s not how it’s supposed to work.
Wherever I am, whatever the circumstance, I should be living this way. It’s not a matter of “what life changes do I need to make in order to be this self?” but rather “what self changes do I need to make in order to live this life?”
December 1, 2014
For we all know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 Corinthians 5 : 1
I needed to read what the Word said about houses. Our offer was accepted, and the inspection is Thursday, and while I’m trying not to be emotionally attached to this house, it’s difficult.* If it’s best for us to walk away, I want to be able to do that without feeling like I’m losing something. Paul’s words are the perspective I need, what I need on my heart during this process.
This is yet another reminder to keep my focus on what’s above, not what’s earthly.
* As you probably guessed, we’re knee–deep in the house–buying process. I’ll keep you posted, promise! : )
What verses have been on your heart lately? What are you working through in faith?