If you are joining me here today through Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Encouragement for Today, I’m so glad you’ve stopped by!
I probably shouldn’t admit this, but there are a few passages in the Bible that I think are…well, weird. James 1:1 – 8 is one of those. James starts out:
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,”
Pure joy? Really, God?
Trials and joy…they just don’t seem to go together. Then comes the next line, “because you know”.
Because you know.
That’s when “count it all joy” starts to make sense. “Because you know” is where the power is. The power we need to get on the other side of these trials we get up to each and every day.
Because I know.
I know in Him I am more than a conquerer. Romans 8:37
I know if I need wisdom, He’ll give it to me. James 1:7
I know no matter what, He will never leave me or forsake me. Hebrews 13:5
I know He hears me and will answer when I pray. Psalm 17:6
Because of what I know, no matter what my mind says and no matter how my heart aches, my God is faithful and will give me the strength I need.
And so, because I know, each day I read back to God the words He wrote. I guess you could call it praying. I just call it reminding.
Reminding God? No, there’s no need for that. He knows who He is.
Praying is simply reminding ME of who He is.
Today, I’m giving away a gift pack to remind one of you who God is.
* A journal to record your reminders
* A soft fall scarf
To enter to win, just share in the comments below (go to www.LynnCowell.com if you are receiving this via email) one of your favorite “reminders”; how you remind yourself of who God is. If your day is busy, just say “I’m In”.
I won’t be able to stop in too often today, as I am traveling to speak at Hearts at Home in Rochester, Minnesota. I’ll be sharing two of my favorite messages, “Wise Women Raising Wiser Daughters” and “Filling Up to Pour Out”. If you’ll be there too, please stop by and say “hi”! I would love to meet you!
I’ll announce the winner Monday on my “Building a Bridge to Your Child’s Heart” series. See you then!