GOD BLESS YOU BELOVED!
Prayerfully, you all are having a wonderful brand NEW YEAR!! This first week of 2017 has truly been blessed for me!!! I went out of 2016 celebrating 1 year as Pastor of Chosen 4His Glory Ministries along with my awesome husband (I LOVE MY CHURCH )!!! God ended 2016 with the birth of my beautiful goddaughter Aiyanna and started 2017 with the birth of my handsome godson Allan Jr. Through the birth of these two precious jewels, God gave me so much comfort, and my heart is filled with excitement and expectation. But, honestly and truthfully speaking, in the midst of the greatest blessings of my life, I have had to endure the greatest challenges, tests, and trials. Even though 2016 was a GREAT YEAR for me, there were many things I had to endure in silence.
In 2nd Timothy 2:3, Paul says to Timothy,
"Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ".
"Endure": to undergo (as a hardship); to regard with acceptance or tolerance; to remain firm under suffering or misfortune without yielding; to suffer; to abide or tolerate; to put up with something trying or painful; to bear [sustain without flinching or breaking].
These definitions of the word 'endure' bring a startling realization to what it means to be a 'good soldier' in the army of the Lord. Too often we expect to have the world roll out a red carpet for us to walk through life on, giving us a grand stage entrance into our imagined fairy tale of "The Good Life". But, as followers of Jesus Christ, we are to not just expect hardships, but endure them as our Lord did - with humility and faithful obedience to our Father God. While God does promise that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6), we must not always seek to be materially compensated for our required obedience. This year God will continually check our motives to be sure we want His Presence, not just His presents.
The birth of my two godchildren came like a ray of sunlight on a cold winter day. They're my SIGNS that my God still performs MIRACLES! He works WONDERS daily! Our focus must not be on the temporal rewards that this earthly life has to offer, but on our eternal resting place in heaven with the Captain of our souls. No matter what you are faced with in life, BE ENCOURAGED to KEEP TRUSTING GOD. You've already started running the race.... DON'T QUIT!