Exorcise

Jonathan loves to ask questions right now, Especially at Bible time.

It’s been fun and rewarding getting to hear him ask questions trying to understand God deeper. A hunger I pray never leaves.

Tonight he asked what it meant that God was limitless.

That is a really big concept. I am not sure I truly understand it’s depth.

The easiest way to help him understand was to explain what limits are.

My husband told him “you aren’t strong enough to pick up this couch, that is a limit for you”.

Jonathan, being a 7yr old boy, then says “if I exercise I will get stronger and then I can lift it”. (Gotta to love having conversations with kids)

“Yes, one day”, My husband then explains that the more you use a muscle the stronger it grows.

I heard them talking but I sat with this thought; “The more we use it the stronger it gets, that goes for our faith too”.

Life Feel Heavy

Lately, I’ve felt the weight of the demands of my life and it has just felt heavy.

I’ve felt overwhelmed and it seems at any little thing I’m just going to crack. I have nothing left.

But if I look at it as exercising my faith this year begins to look a little different.

It hasn’t just been a trying time, I hope and pray that is has been a time that as I’ve been exercising my faith and it is growing stronger.

Just in case you think this thought originated with me it didn’t in James we are told;

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
James 1:2‭-‬5

I don’t exactly like to exercise and kinda feel the same way about the trying of my faith. But in James we are told to count it all joy.

Joy really?

Because it doesn’t feel good.

It is hard.

But there is joy when my faith becomes stronger.

There are many times I ask why things are as they are.

James says to ask God for wisdom that He gives generously.

My Hope

I have this hope…

The hope and promise that this testing of my faith will build it stronger (James 1:2-5).

That everything will work together for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).

That God’s grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9) in these days that are hard and in these questions of “why” when I don’t understand.

Today I hold on to the promises.

Father thank you that you walk with me and init all you are working even the hardest of days for good. Exercising my faith to make it stronger. Remind me that Your Grace is sufficient and will see me through the worst days. It is in my weakness Your power is made perfect. In my weakness let me stand strong in the power of Your Name!

~Amen

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