{ Paraphrased from Peter }

Surprised by suffering? 

Unless you caused it,

Fear not and be glad.

Fiery Trials? 

Embrace.

Rejoice.  Share

In Christ’s suffering.

Named as one of His followers, longing for heaven —

Glorifying God in it all.

—-

Easy to scrawl the words, harder to live out. All by God’s grace.” ~ Me

“Nobody likes 1 Peter 4:12-19!” — Pastor Troy Dobbs

“The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.” ~ C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

“When suffering, rise to the occasion. Do what the trial demands of you.” ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

“Why do you always have to cry?” ~ what my 12-year old son said to me after I listened to an uplifting sermon about suffering

12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And

“If the righteous is scarcely saved,

    what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”

19 Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good. — 1 Peter 4:12-19 ESV

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{ A Tribute to My Dad }

My dad liked to visit the hardware store, build fires and barbecue steaks.  He labeled things thoroughly with our names, made lots of lists, and didn’t like cats until we got one.

I will always remember the way his face lit up when he laughed, how he was gracious to everyone, and that he gave away many, many smiles.

My dad liked to work with wood, and he made beautiful keepsakes for us that reflected his love of creating.

He gladly labored to raise a crop of tomatoes, or patiently sand a wooden table.

He took no less care with his children.

I don’t ever remember that he spoke an unkind word to me, or lost his temper.  I always sensed from him something of what my Heavenly Father’s love is like:  kind and patient,  faithful and unconditional.

When my pilgrimage on this earth is over, I will eagerly look for my dad in the Celestial City of heaven, where I wonder if he will be talking over project ideas with the King.

Today was my dad’s birthday.  He passed away in 1996 when he was 61 years old.

I wrote this back then (to be read by someone else) at his funeral.  I resisted the temptation just now to fix and edit it — it was written from the heart.  And, it’s all true.

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Thomas J. Falstad  — November 7, 1935 – November 14, 1996

 

 

 

{ Triumph }

 

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Sin-stung at birth, I'm 

Waiting for a makeover 

And timeless triumph


©  Haiku ♥ Lisa M. Luciano 

1 Corinthians 15:54-55
When the perishable puts on the imperishable, 
and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying 
that is written: 
Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? 
O death, where is your sting?"


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https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/triumph/

{ A n c h o r e d }

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It feels liberating to say, “I’m the captain of my soul. Unmoored. Free.”

But feelings deceive us.

There is good reason for a ship to have a captain. There’s a good reason for a ship to have an anchor.

What happens when a pounding storm assaults your life?

The answer to that question will tell you if you have an anchor that will keep you from sinking.

Priscilla Owens wrote the Christian song, “We Have An Anchor.” It asks a series of thoughtful questions. God’s Word gives us answers.

  1. Will your anchor hold in the storms of life?

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

  1. Will your anchor hold in the straits of fear?

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” –2 Timothy 1:7

  1. Will your anchor hold in the floods of death?

“Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” —I Cor. 15:55-57

  1. Will you anchor safely by the heavenly shore?

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” — John 14:3

 We have an anchor that keeps the soul

Steadfast and sure while the billows roll;

Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,

Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.

If you are anchored in Jesus Christ, you are anchored in the perfect place.

“…we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope…” — Hebrews 6:18,19

~ Lisa

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/unmoored/

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