Pressing toward the goal:
"Working towards that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be."
Philippians 4:12 (NLT)
April 22, 2014
My husband and I have had many more reasons to be thankful since the start of the year 2014. I am overwhelmed. In February we had an opportunity to reaffirm our vows, alongside other couples from our church, as part of National Marriage Week. It was a fitting start to our 14th year anniversary which was a month later. Our church had a weekend of ‘Thanksgiving’ celebrations. It was the opportunity to stop and reflect on the year that was no more and give thanks for God’s provision. He brought us from a chaotic past to a place of peace and serenity. My heart is truly overwhelmed with gratitude for His compassionate love towards us.
You may be visiting ‘Janice Writes’ because you have taken an interest in my spiritual development. You may have been following my journey and have shared in my joys and sorrows over the years. You may have found this section by a friend’s recommendation. However you have found me and for whatever reason you are visiting W2S--Welcome! Thank you for joining me and may you be blessed by my sharing and be motivated to be a blessing to others.
For those of you who have been on this journey with me for a while, thank you for your words of encouragement and prayers (especially over the last year) and to those of you who have taken it one step further in offering an extended hand of friendship. Your prayers have not fallen on deaf ears and God has been doing a transforming work in me. Do not cease praying. I appreciate the time you spend on your knees in obedience to God’s Word. As you continue to pray, you will continue to receive strength and courage to do what God calls you to do on a daily basis.
The last time I shared with you was a year ago and it was of the painful side of my journey. It took a year to release the pain and today I can share some of my victories with you. I tried to do a brief synopsis of the journey but ended with more than I planned. Blessings are flowing and I believe it is an appropriate time to report some of those victories.
It has been a year since we left our last place of fellowship. Here we are a year later reporting that March 2014 has been a special month of celebration--all things good. Healing has taken place. We have seen answered prayers in many ways and conveniently, it has been the month of 'Thanksgiving' at our current place of fellowship--the perfect way to celebrate all that God has done for us in bringing us through one of the most difficult years on our spiritual journey.
Before I delve into my sharing, I would like to highlight John 16:33: ‘…In this world you will have trouble…’ (NIV). Nevertheless, James 1:2-4 provides us with a reason for enduring the trials that we face: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
I pray that those Bible verses will encourage you to endure the trials that you may face.
Please follow me over the next week as I share with you some of what has been taking place.
God bless you and thank you for visiting W2S. In His Service
Your sister in Christ
22nd April 2014.
In His Service
The Lord is evident in everything I see. My hope is that through your contact with me, you'll see the Lord in me.
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