Monday, March 16, 2009

Wonderful Friend

Anna Wight illustrates the cutest stamps around. I just lovey her old school style! I used her Fish Friends set.
Again I used my Copic markers to color the image. I used some of the new Basic Grey DP as well....called Porcelain. The papers are beautiful and can be used for funky, fresh and fun along with the vintage, retro that the paper inspires when you first look at it. It's one of my favorites! It's very Victorian in style....which I love. =)
I have an encouraging story to share with you today.
God is ever faithful and right on time. I pray this brings you hope and encouragement!
The Perfect Result
Trials come in various categories.
They may be physical, emotional, financial, relational or spiritual. They may slip in unexpectedly and know on the door of you business, your church, or your home. They may arrive at any time or at any season. They may come suddenly, like a car accident or a natural catastrophe. They maybe prolongs, like a drawn-out court case or a lingering, nagging illness. Trials can be public in nature or very private. They can be directly related to our own sin, the sin of others, or not related to sin at all.
A trial can be like a rock hitting the water. You don't cause the jolt, but you're impacted by it. You're just standing there, and suddenly the smooth lake of your life surges into giant waves and almost drowns you.
Frankly, some trials seem to blow in absolutely without reason. My brother, Orville, encountered something like that when a hurricane named Andrew blew through the community where he lived in south Florida a few years ago. It tore and ripped and screamed its way through, tearing his house apart. He had a great attitude, though. He called and said, "What an experience! It really did a lot of damage. But the good news is it tore down every one's fences, so now we'll get to meet our neighbors."
"Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.". James 1:2-4
James says we experience trials so that we may become "perfect and complete," like a plant that has matured to its maximum growth and fruitfulness. That, he says, is the "perfect result" of "endurance."
Most often, because of the discomfort, the pain, or the hardship, we try to cut our trials short - to put an end to them. Before long, we're resenting them to such and extreme that we'll try anything to escape, to run from them. Instead, James says, endure the trial; let it come to completion. When it does, you'll be a better person for it.
From the book "Encouragement for Life" by Charles R. Swindoll.
Have a beautiful Monday and Many Blessings!

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