Posted by: whereintheworldismike | July 31, 2011

Sometimes I feel like a motherless child…a long way from home

Sometimes life gets us down. Right now there is a lot of exciting stuff going on in my life, but still there are one or two things that can make me feel empty and sad. James writes, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:2-4).

The reason we can rejoice in the midst of trials is predicated on our understanding that the Lord is giving us an opportunity to grow in his grace when he allows a trial in our life. Tonight he reminded me of a foolish vow I made many years ago when I was a young teenager. That vow has been bringing me a lot of stress lately and God wants us to experience joy and peace that cannot be rocked by mere circumstances. Once He reminded me of the vow, my job was to renounce it and ask Jesus to fill me with his peace. Immediately my distress was gone and I had not only peace but the Lord’s sweet presence in abundance. He IS so good!  That is part of the transformational experiential knowledge of God that I will write about in my book on Holistic Discipleship.

Thank you for all who pray for us as we minister to Christ’s Body and those who need to be in His Body on both sides of the globe.


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