Faith Being Perfected

I’m at work, but I believe I’m to write this, so I’m stopping all I’m doing to write this now.
There are people right now, perhaps your one of them. You are going through a difficult trial and you don’t understand why. You might even been asking your friends, “why all this hardship?”

My friend, stop asking what no human can answer.

Job was a righteous man, yet he suffered through tragedy after tragedy. His “friends” tried to answer by their human wisdom. God and man are not on the same level. They were clueless as to what God was doing to make the man, Job. So it is with you.  No one can understand why you are going through or what you’re facing unless you are in a rebellious place where you want to do what you want to do causing your own misery. If that’s not the case, count it all joy when you are going through trials because you know God is going after perfecting your faith. Faith in absolutely surrendering what you want for what God wants, knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt, God’s way, is always the best, believing He is faithful to do what He promised.  That kind of intimate faith, fully assured God can be trusted no matter what, no matter what you’re faced with, He will come through for you, His beloved! Stay the course.  Keep your eyes on God, and keep the faith. You will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!

Remember no one walks exactly the same road. Each road is unique to the person and their God.
Take a moment and pray for someone you know who might be hurting. God, I pray for all those reading this status. I ask you bless them, give them strength in their trials to keep going, trusting you, believing you will help them and will use all things to work together for their good.   Amen.

Take Heart

“You’ve kept track of all my wandering and my weeping. You’ve stored my many tears in Your bottle–not one will be lost. You care about me every time I’ve cried. For it is all recorded in your book of remembrance.” -Psalm 56:8

I’m sad to read on Facebook so many are having a hard time. I couldn’t help but recall this verse that has become a tried and true gem of all gems to me. I’m sharing with you to please take heart and don’t lose hope.

The hardships of our lives cannot compare to the joy God is going to give you. Imagine God of all creation is so intimate connected to you, cares for, and loves you so much. He’s kept track of every hurt, every pain, and all your weeping. God went as far as bottling each tear you ever cried. Your shed tears were not in vain. God saw them. He counted them; He bottled them. They are that important and that precious to him. They were bottled, not one went unnoticed. There is a book of remembrance too. They have been noted and recorded meaning God knows all about your hurt. They serve a greater purpose, and someday it will be revealed. Most importantly, God does and will remember, and restoration is just around the corner.

Take heart, keep going, and know you’re loved.

Teresa Allissa Citro,
Founder  & President, Thread of Hope, Inc

Nothing Happens By Chance

I am convinced nothing happens by chance in the lives of those who decide no matter what life brings, they will follow God.  The paths of the righteous are led by God regardless of where those steps take them.  Remember who walks with you.  He promises to never leave you nor forsake you.

Suffering lasts just a little while because morning is coming!   Are you in in the middle of a desert, ocean, or deep into the darkest hour?  Don’t give up now.  Keep going, trusting God, living for Him.

In your suffering, keep your eyes on God.  Praise him, and don’t lose hope.  He does the greatest work in the darkest places of our lives!

Father, I pray for the ones who are suffering today.  I ask You to send Your ministering angels now to bring life and hope into their trial, and remind them You will personally take them out of it victoriously, leaving blessings and great testimonies of the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Amen!  Be Blessed, My Friends!


Teresa Allissa Citro,
Founder and President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Corrie Ten Boom – Poem About Suffering

“Life is but a Weaving”

(the Tapestry Poem)

Weaving

“My life is but a weaving
Between my God and me.
I cannot choose the colors
He weaveth steadily.

Oft’ times He weaveth sorrow;
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I the underside.

Not ’til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Will God unroll the canvas
And reveal the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful
In the weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned

He knows, He loves, He cares;
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives the very best to those
Who leave the choice to Him.”

-Corrie Ten Boom-

Faith Produces Steadfastness

PROVERBS 1

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” -James 1:2-3

Are you going through some things and you ask “God, why are you doing this to me?” or “Why would a loving God do these things?”

God does things for a reason. Maybe He’s testing you to make your faith stronger, or He’s using you to do greater things. Whatever it may be, know that God understands your suffering and He will make it better when the right time comes.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” -Jeremiah 29:11


The Lord has already planned out your life;

He will not waste it.


Everyone’s life has a purpose, however, not everyone chooses to follow the path God has given them.

ElliDmighty-kids-for-christ-logo

Writer, Mighty Kids For Christ

Patience Is Learned

JAMES 1.3

I always heard, “Do not pray for patience!” I once asked someone why? The answer was obviously because you’re not going to like going through the process.

Two years ago, I decided that I should write a book on the subject. I thought not praying about patience and writing about would be so much better. I’ll “get” patience by studying and writing about it. I thought that was a good idea. Not so, I ended up with the same fate.

Well, the truth is I found out a few important facts. The major point is patience is mastered by faith. Yes, you read that correct. Faith waits and waits, and believes, “He who promised is faithful,” no matter what you think, feel, and see.

Next, you learn to endure. The process of building up endurance is excruciating, but it can be done. You endure under all the uncertainties, hurts, and pain. You believe until that which is not seen becomes reality.

“Blessed is the one who endures during trials.”

Storms of life have a way of building patience, endurance, faith, and great strength. At the end, great faith goes hand in hand with great patience. Patience cannot be mastered without the trials, and great strength doesn’t just happen. Patience, faith, endurance, and strength is obtained by great testing and great trials. But in the end, you will receive the blessings of God.

Don’t give up.

Teresa Allissa Citro,
Founder & President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

He Hears You, & He Will Answer

TEARS 1You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. -Psalm 56:8

“The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help.  But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil; he will erase their memory from the earth.  The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.  He rescues them from all their troubles.  The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.  The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.  For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken!” -Psalm 34:15-20

Keep pressing forward. Do not give up.  Your Heavenly Father hears your every cry and takes note.  The answer is on the way.  Keep going, and keep seeking.  Cling to the truth of God.  Embrace every opportunity God gives you for growth.  No one said the process was easy, but the results are awesome…  they result in you being able to testify of the Lord’s goodness.

Much Love To You All,

Lind A. Knowles

Executive Director, Thread of Hope, Inc.

 

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