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Aug 1

Lord, I have so much to be grateful for! On a time scale, one year ago today I released my first-ever YouTube video, making full use of Adobe After Effects. Although I typically create my vids in Premiere Pro now, I feel quite encouraged that in the last couple months I have posted over two dozen vids to YouTube and Facebook (some private, not public), and am feeling VERY much more comfortable and confident in video production. On a no-time scale, this morning I am feeling grateful for the way you created me, Lord. I was just learning about HEXACO — the “Big Five” personality traits plus the sixth just recently added, lol. It seems I am quite extreme in each one of these traits, scoring super-high in extroversion (although I operate like an introvert in that I get drained after interacting with people), agreeableness, conscientiousness, humility, and even openness (thanks to my Mate!), and extremely LOW in neuroticism (which is basically negativity, in this application). So overall, these 6 traits make me likeable and generally HAPPY, lol. THANK YOU, Father, for creating me in this way! Of course, as always the thing I am MOST grateful for is my Mate. I confess that I am feeling quite a bit impatient to be physically back with him again, able to see his eyes and his smile and his beautiful backside (LOL), hear his voice, and touch his skin. I almost feel like I could throw a temper-tantrum, frustrated with waiting so long!!! Father, I give my impatience to you and ask you to help me survive these last days without my Mate. Help us BOTH to use the time wisely, accomplishing all that YOU would have us do before we reunite — and hopefully get a few days just to sink into each other and leave the world outside for a bit! 😉

 
James 1:2-12 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. 

 

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