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Trials. even when it hurts...





faith is a constant that is constantly being tested of its true colors. why are we saddled with the belief that, if we jump
through all the “hoops” (LIVE by the book!), life will run smoothly for us?

“God, i have loved you all my life, why have you allowed
this or that to happen to me?”...we ask.



...between a rock and a hard place.


The question is where are our hearts when we’re there?
full of faith?
wandering aimlessly?
angry?...

the bible says in james, consider it a joy, a sheer gift, when trials and tests come our way...
it is clearly stated here that we are in the midst of a very delicate process...one that might seem broken on the
outside, but being repaired on the inside...

James 1:2-4The Message (MSG)
2-4 Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

in peter he says...tested by fire...
“keep still, this might sting a bit....”


1 Peter 1:7Amplified Bible (AMP)
7 So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed.


Endurance is key. Even if it doesn’t make sense. completely surrendering and trusting that God knows what He is doing even when we do not.
again, in the book of James:

James 1:12Amplified Bible (AMP)
12 Blessed (happy,to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test (endured) and been approved, he will receive [the victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.


just a reminder, dear friends,
let us not give up
let us endure
no matter what.
and let us finish well!



Beautiful song lyrics from the empires/hillsong album
Follow the link to listen to the song.



Even when it hurts (Praise Song)
Hillsong United



Take this fainted heart
Take these tainted hands
Wash me in Your love
Come like grace again


Even when my strength is lost I'll praise You
Even when I have no song I'll praise You
Even when it's hard to find the words
Louder then I'll sing Your praise


I will only sing Your praise
I will only sing Your praise
I will only sing Your praise


Take this mountain weight
Take these ocean tears
Hold me through the trial
Come like hope again


Even when the fight seems lost I'll praise You
Even when it hurts like hell I'll praise You
Even when it makes no sense to sing
Louder then I'll sing Your praise


And my heart burns only for You
You are all You are all I want
And my soul waits only for You
And I will sing till the morning has come

And my heart burns only for You
You are all You are all I want
And my soul waits only for You
And I will sing till the miracle comes


Even when the morning comes I'll praise You
Even when the fight is won I'll praise You
Even when my time on earth is done
Louder then I'll sing Your praise
I will only sing Your praise








lots of love, iskra 





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