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Apr 18

Good morning, Lord.
Thank you so much for bringing me to a NEW level of progress and readiness! Please do help me with these crazy pre-menopause hormone fluctuations, though. 🙁 Please help me to remember to look to you each evening and morning, and seek your Spirit for guidance whether to apply one, none, or both of the hormone creams I have standing ready, as my need for them is obviously quite unpredictable — I cannot go by what I THINK I need right now — I need you! 🙂

 
James 1:5-18 ERV

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. 
God decided to give us life through the true message he sent to us. He wanted us to be the most important of all that he created. 

 
I never get sick of reading the book of James. It has been my favorite since the beginnings of my adult walk with God in 1990 or so. Of course, I “met” God when I was only 2 or 3 years old (1973?), having a distinct awareness and appreciation of the Creator or “He who MADE all this” (or something close to that, understood without words in my toddler brain, lol). Still to this day, I feel Him most readily in the breeze, in the rustling of leaves and movement of sunlight through them, in the pips and squeaks and cries of animals, and in the minute details of fallen leaves, tiny mosses, and all the little details of nature that go largely unnoticed — The Creator’s Heart. Haha, perhaps I’ll get back to adding to that site soon, as I am FINALLY done packing (just have to fine-tune what I can take with me, heehee). 😀

 

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