Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Praying for Wisdom and Trying to be Joyful

"Count it all JOY, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
    If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him."
    James 1:2-5 ESV (emphasis added)

What a strong passage to swallow, yet so fitting to where we find ourselves! 

Lord, You know, I am trying to count all of these trials as joy, but it is so hard when I find myself on the verge of crying all of the time.  Help me to keep trusting You and find the joy in the midst of these trials.  The decisions I have to make daily are overwhelming.  I have no wisdom or understanding of my own.  I need Your wisdom.  Tim and I both do.  Lord, please give us Your wisdom in large amounts to make the right decisions for our son and for our family. We trust You to help us to make the right decisions and to help us press onward.  May You receive the honor and glory in and through us and the trials we face.  Amen.

We are praising the Lord that yesterday Joshua came home from the hospital after being there for 12 days.  However, the countless decisions and therapies will only continue.  We have an overwhelming task ahead of us.  We are grateful for those who stand behind us with prayer and encouragement.  It is so easy to let the decisions overwhelm us or let people discourage us by questioning our judgment.  We have to remember that yes, we lack wisdom, but we can turn to God for an unending supply of wisdom.  With God helping us to make the decisions that need to be made, we can rise above the difficult decisions because we are more than conquerors through Christ.  We do not need to fear man's opinion because we know that we act in the will of God because we act out of His wisdom instead of our own.  When we look at ourselves in that comfortable place of having God's unending supply of wisdom, we can truly have joy because there's no better place to be--in trials or out of them.

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