Wednesday, July 6

James 1:5-8

One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is James 1.  I have a lot of trouble with doubting, and in James 1:5-8 speaks to my doubt.  It says, "If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you.  He will not rebuke you for asking.  But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone.  Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.  Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.  Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do."

These are powerful words for the doubter.  My faith is tested with regards to parenting, finances, health, and many other things.  Recently, I have experienced anxiety because of my doubting.  I like to flip things around, and see what the opposite is of someone who doubts.  If a person with divided loyalty is like a wave of the sea blown and tossed by the wind, someone who doesn't doubt is like a peaceful river.  Such people should expect to receive something from the Lord. They are 100% loyal to God, and are stable in everything they do. (my paraphrase)

It is helpful for me to see this picture, because that is what I want my life to look like.  The enemy of our souls wants for us to walk in anxiety.  He wants us to doubt God's word is true, and he wants us to question God's promises for our lives.

Thank you, God that you give wisdom GENEROUSLY,  without finding fault.  Thank you that you want us to walk in peace as your dearly loved children.

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Italy trip

I have been going through my pictures, and have enjoyed looking at this album of Italy. I was able to go over last year to attend a conference. This was the first time I have been back in twenty years. The pictures are made up mostly of places we lived as a family. My brother and I were able to go together, and we were graciously hosted by some friends of ours from language school in Perugia. I feel such a sense of nostalgia when I look at these pictures. I miss Italy so much. It was strange to go back as a tourist knowing I would be returning to the US after such a short time. Tonight I made cookies with Nutella in them, and I remembered how much I enjoyed the simple pleasures. Fortunately, you can find it here! Saturday, we are going up to my brother's house to celebrate a late Thanksgiving, only we will be making homemade tortellini instead of turkey. Happy Thanksgiving!