Wednesday, April 16, 2008

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18...

"Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
It is hard isn't? Always have joy? You must be kidding! Pray continually? Well, I am working on that one. The one that gets me is to give thanks in all circumstances! I know that it doesn't say "for" all circumstances, but "in." It is hard! Really hard!
We are going, and have been going through for a while now, a "season" of financial difficulty. For me, it is easy for me to become complacent with the Lord when things are going "well." When times get tough, most who believe Jesus is Lord cling on really tight to Him. I don't for some reason. I get mad (which I think is OK, by the way). I feel alone. I feel abandoned sometimes. I know that those things are not true. I am not alone. Jesus is always with me! His word promises that He will never leave me and never forsake (turn His back on) me. I know that I can stand on that truth.
But these days, the ground feels shakier, if that is word.
I ran across these verses and they reminded me of my always praise the Lord, even when it is hard. So today, I worship you Lord. Today, I will trust You. Today, I am willing, because I am not always willing Lord.
But today, I am willing.


La Familia Garcia said...

God uses times like this to grow our faith..thanks for sharing

Sarah said...

Hey Nan,

Will pray for your faith...just admitting you feel like that destroys the power of the evil one. You are so normal. I will pray that God Himself will give you faith, after all, that is His promise! How encouraging. I;d love to hear from you on email and mine is!

Caroline said...


You have always been such an encouragement of faith to me, particularly in "financial difficulty". I feel we are in similar boats and when we face a challenge I often think of you and Frank and how God has been so faithful to you and it encourages me. I love you friend!