Thank God now, and figure out why later. It is not until we thank God for the seemingly bad things in our lives that we can finally see the good that they bring. If nothing else, remember: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance." (James 1:2) Just think back to the first two chapters of Job or Jesus being tempted in the desert; see your trials as ways to affirm your faith in the Lord Almighty, give everything to Him, and tell Him to make something amazing out of it. Do remember that Jesus has a habit of waiting; He waited two days before raising Lazarus (John 11), He waited all night to tell the apostles to cast their net on the other side of the boat (John 21), and He's waiting to come to your aid, too. If it feels like God's taking His time to come help you, rejoice, for you're being treated the same as some of the holiest people in the Bible. From personal experience of the long, painful wait for a girlfriend, I can tell you that the wait becomes so worth it, when you turn it into time to perfect your connection with Jesus. I'm still waiting, but I'm accomplishing so much more in the meantime, and all of the pain of loneliness has been lifted away; free from the pain, free from the impatience, I'm free to fully enjoy this single stage of life, where I can spend it with God and His saints, to become a warrior, a craftsman, and a salesman for His kingdom on Earth. Appreciate the chance to wait; it becomes more precious than gold when used properly.
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I just wanted to share something my fiance' came up with. She is a jewelry designer and has a shop with her daughter. They asked if I had an outlet for some of their items and I told them I would share it with everyone here at CF. So I started them an Etsy Shop account to showcase what they have done. And this is the first items! Check it out and let me know what you think!
Thanks so much! - Rex
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