Contact Fran:

Dec 25

Good morning, Father!
Thank you so much for this awesome warm weather! How nice it was to stay out on the porch last night, just sitting quietly or listening to an audiobook, until almost midnight! Even that late it was still quite warm — about 70 degrees! AND it was pleasantly humid, like my “home” in Michigan. 🙂 How wonderful! How fitting for the day in which I shared my favorite plant, the Humble Plant, with the world yesterday on my namesake website,! Thank you for the touch of home and nature, Father! And thank you for encouraging me in my work AND my art. WOOT! I feel blessed! 😀

James 1:2-17 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.
People like that are thinking two different things at the same time. They can never decide what to do. So they should not think they will receive anything from the Lord.
Believers who are poor should be glad that God considers them so important.
Believers who are rich should be glad when bad things happen that humble them. Their riches won’t keep them from disappearing as quickly as wildflowers.
As the sun rises and gets hotter, its heat dries up the plants, and the flowers fall off. The flowers that were so beautiful are now dead. That’s how it is with the rich. While they are still making plans for their business, they will die.
Great blessings belong to those who are tempted and remain faithful! After they have proved their faith, God will give them the reward of eternal life. God promised this to all people who love him.
Whenever you feel tempted to do something bad, you should not say, “God is tempting me.” Evil cannot tempt God, and God himself does not tempt anyone.
You are tempted by the evil things you want. Your own desire leads you away and traps you.
Your desire grows inside you until it results in sin. Then the sin grows bigger and bigger and finally ends in death.
My dear brothers and sisters, don’t be fooled about this.
Everything good comes from God. Every perfect gift is from him. These good gifts come down from the Father who made all the lights in the sky. But God never changes like the shadows from those lights. He is always the same.

Father, I know that you do not despise the gift-giving that is going on this day throughout the world, because you have such a generous heart yourself! I thank you that you have saved me and my family from the greed and blindness of the desperate NEED to GIVE on this day, in order to fit in with society’s norms. I thank you for that miraculous freedom! I thank you for every heart that is filled with LOVE in their gift-giving this day. Help people to remember that all the GOOD of this day — both that which comes of giving and that which comes of receiving — comes from YOU, as James wrote, above. Thank you for your mercy and your awesome care, Lord God! Amen.


Leave a Comment