Dark Day’s Can Be A Blessing

John 18: 12-14 (NKJV)Then the detachment of troops and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him. And they led Him away to Annas first, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was high priest that year. Now it was Caiaphas who advised the Jews that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.

There was no doubt John 18 leads up to what could be said as the darkest day in History. In today’s post I want to highlight a post which my wife wrote in April. May the following offer you insight and encouragement.

Dark Day’s Can Be  Blessing

Have you ever been in the midst of something that you wanted to overcome so badly?
Whether its a job situation, a financial strain, a less than ideal living circumstance, or something else less than “ideal”.

You just begin to exist in your life praying that you will overcome your situation sooner rather than later.

Then, the day comes. Something happens, God answers your prayers, the tides change. The end of your trial has been determined and a new journey is beginning. Adios old job, hello better finances. Goodbye gray days, thank God for sunny skies ahead.

Then, days, weeks, months, maybe even years, pass. You realize. Those long ago gray days weren’t actually as awful as they seemed when you were in the midst of them. They were really just tests and trials that you needed to overcome to be the you God wanted you to be.

He was molding you into the person He designed. You begin to thank God for your trial. For the dark days that you thought would never cease. And you realize in the end, your thankful for the dark times. Thankful for how it changed you because even in the dark days, God was leading you…

Chanelle Tallmage, Apr. 2013 | She Provides Food

Keep Pressing Forward!

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30 Days of Thanks :: Trials

It’s not that I wake up in the morning and think to myself…

“Wow, today I would love a new trial” or “It’s been a while since I have had a trial, maybe today is my lucky day.”

Trials are hard, burdensome, and they really take a lot out of a person. However, here lately the more I read God’s Word I find that trials help strengthen a believers life and can be used to direct ones attention and trust in the one who can bring them out of the trial. I think it only appropriate to say, “I am truly thankful for the trials I have went through in life.” They have helped strengthen my faith in a God that loves and cares for His creation. My trials have helped me commit my way to His desire for my life. Have I screwed up from time to time…YES! Have I given in under the weight of some of my trials…YES! One of the main reasons I have is due to the fact I have taken my eyes off God and put the focus on my trials. Out of all of the mistakes and sin, I have come to know God’s forgiveness more and more. It’s not that I want to fall under the weight of the trials because I don’t. I want to strive everyday to live a consecrated holy life for God and His purposes. However, my victories and failures while going through my trials have become a testimony to the goodness, faithfulness, and grace of God. I encourage you, rejoice in your trials and be thankful for them. Read James 1

Now that you’ve read something I am thankful for, it’s your turn. What are you thankful for? Ready, Set, Go!

Jury Duty

Tomorrow will only be my second time to have to report for Jury Duty. They say it is our civil duty as Americans to take part and stand in as Jurors. Our civil duty allows us the opportunity to miss work, and only if our employers are generous will we get paid for being out. However, since we are using our liberty as Americans and being forced to show up or either be held in contempt, at least they are going to give us 10 dollars a day plus milage, insert sarcasim. Dont get me wrong, I really don’t mind serving and will go there dressed for success and be proud that I get to take part. It would have been nice if they would have sent my summons to the right address though…yep, it ended up at my previous address but at least it was my Moms house so she was able to get it to me. Now I just need to remember to let them know about the possible mix up and make sure my current address is on file.