Trusting God…

For those of you who know me personally, you’ll know October was tough due to the passing of my step-father and the one-year anniversary of my mom’s passing and another close friend of ours passing. However, I’m trying not to say that October has been a bad month as we were able to spend valuable time with my family in Indiana and make new memories. There are some really exciting things happening for me at work as well which leads me to believe that every day is anew and we can always trust that God is watching over us (especially in the tough times).

The scripture that always gets me through a tough time is the following:

Romans 8:16-18 (NKJV) “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

If this finds you in the midst of a tough period in life, take comfort in knowing that it will pass away and even seem superfluous some day. Trust God’s love and take comfort in His guidance for today.

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Terrible News:

Many of you will know my step father passed away unexpectedly last night. This terrible news comes exactly one year after my mom passed away (also sudden and unexpected). This obviously adds to the impact of the situation as we were all planning a family vacation to help us get through Mom’s passing. To honor Jeff and Mom​, my brother Jeff Edington​, my sister Annie Rittenberg​, and our families will still going to Branson, Missouri next Friday for the following week. Please keep this time and family in your prayers as this will certainly need to be a time of healing. Thanks to all of my friends, family and my co workers at The Mustard Seed​ for the rush of support and prayers and selfless offers to accommodate any of our needs. I will remember you all.

Do you accept this challenge?

It’s time for self-evaluation:

Rate yourself 1-10 on the three following issues, (10 meaning that you can’t possibly be any better at them):

FAITH

HOPE

LOVE

In 1 Thessalonians Paul commends the people about their relationship with God. He specifically comments about the their “work of faith, labor of love, and endurance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”

What can you do this week to make your numbers higher?