Good morning! Sorry I missed a couple days…I didn’t get them scheduled before my trip and it took me a couple days to recoup. I needed Tuesday to sleep from early flights and excitement and Wednesday was all about recovering my house and pantry–they ate everything and wore everything. 😉
I am feeling like this verse is so so true right now…my faith has deepened an incredible amount in the last five years, and especially the last two. And God is using my willingness to surrender to Him for His good works and is blessing me accordingly. 90 women showed up Monday night and studied the Word through art with Leslie and I. And it touched a lot of hearts–new friendships were made, connections were made, some broke out in giggles of excitement, some shed tears of restoration. It was just what we hoped it would be.
But I also know of people going through some tough tough situations right now. How is their faith reflected in that? I suppose that is the age old question. In my BSF Revelation study right now I have learned that God uses those times to bring us that much closer to Him. And sometimes He is using His faithful followers to bring others to Him through those difficulties. I know that as I see faithful ones responding to hard times… I am encouraged. It helps me focus on God. It makes me look back on my hard seasons and see the growth, see how God never left, and it does bring me closer.
Our faith does not promise we will not be persecuted by sickness, grief, financial issues, relationship woes–if anything the Bible tells us we may end up being tested by Satan that much more to pull us away from our faith in Christ.
We must remember there will be riches in joy and peace here on earth according to our faith. But there will be far more riches of joy and peace in heaven when we can be right next to our Savior.
So I am grateful for the good things in my life now–for a wonderful event and trip, for a great partner in Leslie, a loving and supportive family, and all of YOU. I lean on my faith in God that deepens everyday. I am thankful for the dark time that led me to faith art journaling and this ministry. And I am ready for the storms that will come, for I know according to my faith…it will all be good.