SWEET IS THE WORD! PROVERBS 3:11-12 - THE PURPOSE OF "RANDOM" + RECURRING TRIALS

Sunday, January 7, 2018
Lots of time has passed since I've done a "Sweet is The Word!" blog post and I've missed them! I started sharing these weekly blog posts last year in hopes to further spread the hope, encouragement, and knowledge I was gaining from my scripture study -- the series was/is a small way for me to pay it forward to Heavenly Father for helping me so much.  My relationship with God largely comes from reading His about His doctrine + His involvement with people's lives from the past -- I honestly don't think I'd feel much of a connection to Him at all if I didn't study scripture daily. I'd have a belief in Him, yes, but a connection to Him? Like the feeling that He is making moves in my life? I almost exclusively get that from my few minutes of eating up His word day to day, and it's a huge help to me, so yes, when I had the thought to share some of the encouragement God gives me in these studies with you here, I jumped on board.

Life got a little cray cray last summer and fall, however (as I've said 100 times lately, haha), and blogging these posts fell off the bandwagon, too. But I'm back! So here we go...

Pic via: my bed the other afternoon. My big girls were playing with friends and Emmy was napping, so I spent a few minutes in the quiet to refuel my spirit before tackling the evening - night. 
Entry from Thursday, December 21, 2017
Proverbs 3:11-12 and "Trust in the Lord" (it is so good)!

"My son, despise not the chastisement of the Lord...for whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth." -- Proverbs 3:11-12

"[Adversity basically comes from two different sources. The first is from sin. The second]...is to accomplish the Lord's own purposes in our life that we may receive the refinement that comes from testing...Just when all seems to be going right, challenges often come in multiple doses simultaneously. When those trials are not consequences of your disobedience, they are evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more." -- Elder Scott

2017 has been a year of difficulty in multiple doses. I'm so tired and worried about why and if it will ever end (will 2018 please be better?) This helps immensely, though. It gives me a "why" for all of this year's hard. I haven't been disobedient - I haven't been perfect, either, but definitely not outright disobedient. So the Lord is actually "delighting in me" because I'm learning and able to grow more. I have to cling to that, because...

"The rate at which you qualify [for exaltation] is generally set by your capacity to mature, to grow, to love, and to give of yourself." -- Elder Scott

I have to let all of this mature me, rather than making me afraid or mad. It's all for good reason(s) and it is all known by Him. All is/will be well!

2 comments:

  1. So happy to see this again! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You bet, my girl. Thanks for reading/listening! xoxo

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