My mom died suddenly on Wednesday morning. I have to say that I am feeling quite defeated at this moment in life and that I am getting attacked on all fronts. After a class I have been taking at church I was prompted to try to be more intentional about studying the bible especially since I was not in a formal study this year. A friend suggested a study on Right Now Media about James by Francis Chan. When I opened the bible and began to read this is what I saw.
1 James, a servant[a] of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:
Testing of Your Faith
2 Count it all joy, my brothers,[b] when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
9 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass[c] he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
I find it so amazing the way God speaks to us right where we are at and with what we need at the time. There has been a miscarriage and now a week and a half later the passing of my mother. There has been a lot sprinkled in between in all too. No matter what the Lord is good and we will get through this time by His strength and His strength alone.