God Keeps His Promises

James 1:12 James 1:12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

As Christians our goal is to become “mature” in faith. This is a lifelong process. We will always have doubts and obstacles throughout our day. These experiences help with the ‘growth process.’We must depend on God’s power to work in all circumstances and learn to stand on His strength alone. This is what it means to stand on the promises of God; to trust only in Him and believe in His power. It is when we respond with obedience that we are able to receive His promise of His everlasting presence.
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Praise Him Anyway

Psalm 59:16-17

Psalm 59:16-17
But I will sing of Your power;
Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning;
For You have been my defense
And refuge in the day of my trouble.
To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises;
For God is my defense,
My God of mercy.

The last week has been rough in my household. No one of my family has felt well. From a bad reaction from getting teeth pulled, to my sinuses bothering me, I could easily forgo praising God. However it is in times like this that I feel the need to praise Him even more.
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PEACE TO YOU

I love this time of the year: the colorful lights, joyful sounds of caroling, and happy laughter of children. I look forward to the birth of our Savior.

Unfortunately, mixed with the joy is a sadness.The tragedy in Connecticut lingers in our hearts and minds, casting a shadow over the season.

Twenty children, eagerly awaiting Christmas, taken so suddenly and unnecessarily. My heart cries for all of us, for we are all affected in one way or another. My solace is the thought that these young ones are in Heaven, celebrating with Jesus this year.

I pray you will allow this thought and the Joy of Christmas lighten the darkness and bring you a measure of peace.