Amazingly, I decided to use the James quote below as my Sunday Faith post a week or so ago, forgetting it would be Valentine’s Day the day it published. Well, that’s not SO amazing, but reading THIS, which I received yesterday morning, and seeing the connection to my quote, is. God’s timing is everything. I hope all of you read the story in my link…it’s not long at all, and you’ll see a gorgeous picture and read an amazing story of real, Godly love and a raw and even surprising honesty you won’t often see…..
Count it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing… Let the lowly believer boast in exaltation, and the rich in humiliation, because like a flower of the grass the rich will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. It is the same way with the rich; in the midst of a busy life; they will wither away.
James 1:2-4, 9-11
Z: When I decided to print the James quote, I meant it to be about America and what we’re going through (the list is far too long to print here), and I still think it’s an encouragement as we struggle to keep going amid all the things we’re seeing happen here…but I think it so very beautifully also talks about our marriages and other love relationships when things get very, very rough, like they did in the article I linked…..all about STEADFASTNESS. And FAITH. I wish you both on this Valentine’s Day and always.