Day 78 of #100daysoffloralplay. Comment, "Mine, please!" if you'd like to have it mailed to you. 😊
Also, a few more notes from Sunday's sermon to accompany this piece....Pastor Aaron expounded on James 1: 2-4. "Let steadfastness have its full effect..." Entrepreneurs have found that resolve, perseverance, fortitude, or "stick-to-it-iveness" are a much greater predictor of success than talent or high IQ. When we quit or escape from trials to false refuges (food, fantasies, internet, etc.), we lose the opportunity to deepen our faith and reliance on God that those trials bring. So let persevering and enduring (other words for steadfastness in this text) do the intended work in our lives. Our circumstances won't always change when we pray and ask for them to, but we can change through our circumstances. I think the reason I'm sharing so much of this sermon is that it hits home. I have grown in the past three years in ways I don't think I could've without my pregnancy loss and subsequent illness. Yes, I would LOVE for God to provide a way out, but I also have learned to say no, to simplify, to let things go, to extend grace to others and myself. He's not finished with me yet, by any means. I pray that steadfastness will have its full effect in me.