Endure & Rely

Are you facing temptations or trials? Endure & rely on Christ.

“God doesn’t give us what we can handle, He helps us handle what we are given,” Ronda J. Thomas-Frost.   He wants to help us endure through our hardships.

When my heart is overwhelmed...
Lead us to the Rock, Oh Lord!

I so often hear it said in reference to the trials others are facing, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.”  But that’s not Bible.

It’s actually a misquote of 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.  And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

Don't be afraid if you're in a storm!
Trials help us grow stronger.

 

He won’t allow us more TEMPTATION than we can handle, but trials are a different story.

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 1: 8 & 9 “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia.

We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.

He is with us!
He is with us!

Paul was a great man of God.  And He was distressed to the point of death!  Jesus Himself, in His darkest moments before He was betrayed said, “Now my soul is greatly distressed. And what should I say? ‘Father, deliver me from this hour’? No, but for this very reason I have come to this hour.” John 12:27 & Mark 14:34  “‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,’ he said to them.”  Then He went away and prayed, “Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him.” Mark 14:35

Are you facing trials?  You’re in good company.   What God desires, through our trials, is for us to rely on Him!  He wants us to endure with His help and allow Him to make us stronger.  Seek Him, and let Him hold you.  He loves you so much.  He sent His only Son to suffer beyond all suffering so you could have relationship with Him.  He will help you.  He will guide you.  He holds you by the hand and says, “Fear not, for I am with You.”  Isaiah 41:13

Do you ever feel this way?

I had this fabulous weekend at Gem Faire with some really great people.  I did well, and happily paid my fees to Gem Faire. 20140510_093836 I was even blessed by my next door vendor with a hot dog for lunch!  I loved the whole Gem Faire, then had a great day a church the next day, and then visiting my folks & some very dear friends.  #GREATWEEKEND!  (How was yours?  I hope you had a super one, too. )

Monday comes.  Then the swarm of things I have to do hits again.  Are you a big picture person like me?  Do you see a mass of things to do and all the details overwhelm you?  Boy, they do me!  I love what I do, really.  I love all of it.  I love the inspiration of shopping for my projects, I love the creativity of actually making new items, I love the computer art necessary to write a pattern, program a page, make flyers, etc.  I even love sorting my beads! — But I’m no expert juggler.  And I have a lot of balls in the air.  Am I alone in this?

Then here is today’s verse.  “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”” –Joshua 1:9 (Did you notice it near the bottom of my home page?  Cool, huh?  It auto-updates!  I love programming!  Thanks, Deb, for encouraging me to go for it!)

Amazing, huh?  God is listening.  I’m so thankful we are HIS workmanship, not our own.  If I had to do this alone, I don’t know how I would handle it.   There’s this song that comes up on Pandora, that has a line, “You make me brave”.  Yes, He does.  What a blessing!

Be strong & courageous today.  =)  And may the blessing of the Lord rest upon all you do.

Delightfully beading away (amongst other things, hee hee),

Misti

The Happy Beader
#The Happy Beader

 

A Big Thank You…

I had an absolutely fabulous time this weekend at Gem Faire! So many of you came to see me, took classes and hung out. I loved it! I had a blast! I feel like Tigger personified! Whoo hoo! You all were so nice, too! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you all for a record breaking weekend! God bless you, real good!thank you block