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Vase came from this fire and the word written on it was FAITH
Hebrews 11 New International Version (NIV)
Faith in Action
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
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Decision to believe that God is God and he has now under control
Each of our decisions can make a huge difference. As I watch my daughter and son in law go through this new beginning, I watched the steps that had to be made. I watched their attitudes and it was always positive. Sure they lost mostly everything they had but what they had on that night. I also saw people come around them and help them begin again. Financial support, spiritual support and people willing to do whatever they needed to help them. My own fiends were beyond outstanding during this time. I posted a picture of their rental home and happy pictures. I received many who were happy for them.
So why am I writing about this today, because I felt God wanted to show someone the importance of their own lives. We might take things for granted like this beautiful tree at their property. It still stands and it's own season, it's leaves will change and it stood the test of the fires. Now our own personal experiences of life will change us like this tree. Will you stand through the seasons that are hard or unbearable until you see the glory of God shine again. Sure there will be missing pieces of your heart. A loved one leaves to Heaven, a aging parents and you take care of them, your job is lost and now a new job is needed and the list goes on. Hard stuff happens but your own FAITH can rise above it and now God is able!
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GOD can give you peace
Through it all, I've learned to trust in God with ALL my heart. I've learned that my own faith has taken me through the hardest days. I know my mindset (ROMANS 12:1-2) can make this day better. Only one life can do what you are called to do. Encourage yourself today, stay positive and grab onto the joy of the Lord. It becomes your strength through each new day. Choose to count blessings of what remains in your life and how you can better this day. Make peace where you can and allow God to do the rest.
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends. I look forward to sitting on Tracy and Sean's porch someday again and looking at this beautiful tree that made it. Thank you God for letting this one tree stand with they lost so many trees on their property. Thank you God for letting Sean need to go to the bathroom to see the fire out the window. My heart is happy their family is safe! Please continue to pray for not only their families but all the families affected by this fire or any hardships in life.
Purpose this a good day!