Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Perseverance and Endurance

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the overcast day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! I was surprised when I went outside much earlier to see all clouds...guess I did not pay attention to the weather forecast. Maybe we will get some more rain as we still need it desperately. Hillsborough Co. is discussing the decision whether or not to ban all sprinkler use and car washes at home. But God knows our need and will fill it in His time! Because God is GoOD!

As I went to the Park yesterday, I saw a big turtle and a little turtle side by side, sunning on the banks of the weir. Lots of people were out with their dogs and kids, since this is spring break. The grass is greener now, with the little rain we had, so even though messy, the park looks better. I got my walking in at Walmart, where I saw one of the Indy cars on display in the parking lot. It was attracting a lot of attention!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

What purposes do endurance and perseverance serve in my life?

1 Peter 1:6-7 Be truly glad! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though it is necessary for you to endure many trials for a while. These trials are only to test your faith, to show that it is strong and pure. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold--and your faith is far more precious to God than mere gold. So if your faith remains strong after being tried by fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

2 peter 1:5-9 Make every effort to apply the benefits of these promises to your life. then your faith will produce a life of moral excellence. A life of moral excellence leads to knowing God better. Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness. Godliness leads to love for other Christians and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more you will become productive and useful in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop these virtues are blind or, at least very shortsighted. They have already forgotten that God has cleansed them from their old life of sin.

Endurance is like the fire that purifies precious metals and hardens valuable pottery. It cleanses, clarifies, and solidifies our faith. Living through the trials and tests of life is often the most significant way to discover the riches of our faith.

I always thank God for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,