3.23.2012

Joy in Trials

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,9 receiving the end of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1Peter 1:3-9

This pic has to make you smile.
That's my niece, Peyton & you probably already know SpongeBob.
Hopefully her funny faces and his gap can bring a bright moment to your day. 

God wants you to keep pressing toward the mark. When trials come, use them to prove the genuineness of your faith - there is no better time. Christ is worthy of all praise, honor and glory @ all times. You can lose everything and people can let you down, but Christ will give you the strength to persevere.