Good morning, Father!
Thank you so much for your patience (again)! I feel like I am stumbling along, making good progress in some things, while experiencing ongoing failure in others. Truth is, I never really know how I am doing — income is the only real feedback I ever get, and that is pretty low right now. It is difficult to work so hard, adding over 50 new posts to my websites in 2 weeks, and not getting paid for any of it. Father, please help me to keep moving forward and not give up. Help my heart to better discern when I am doing well, and when I need to kick myself in the butt — or even just change tactics or priorities.
James 1:2-6 ERV
My brothers and sisters, you will have many kinds of trouble. But this gives you a reason to be very happy.
You know that when your faith is tested, you learn to be patient in suffering.
If you let that patience work in you, the end result will be good. You will be mature and complete. You will be all that God wants you to be.
Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to everyone. So he will give you wisdom.
But when you ask God, you must believe. Don’t doubt him. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is blown up and down by the wind.
Lord, please give me wisdom. Help me to discern your will for me — not just overall, but on a day-to-day or even moment-to-moment basis. I want to please you, be who you want me to be. Help me to give you more of myself, and not hold anything back. Let me be a good and faithful servant!
Matthew 25:22-23 ERV
“Then the servant who got two bags of money came to the master. The servant said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of money to care for. So I used your two bags to earn two more.’
The master answered, ‘You did right. You are a good servant who can be trusted. You did well with a small amount of money. So I will let you care for much greater things. Come and share my happiness with me.’
Thank you, Jesus, for giving us this insight into your kingdom, and what constitutes “good and faithful”. Please help me to be wise enough to know how to use that which you have given me to gain more for you, for your glory. Show me what this looks like in my everyday life. Teach me how to live according to your will and purpose. Thank you for YOUR faithfulness and goodness! 😀