One of the things I love most about summer is sitting out on the porch. This picture is my summer place to sit and chat with God.

My husband is a pastor and the last few months have been challenging “church” months. This morning I was reading the book the James and God spoke to me through these words:

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. People who “worry their prayers” are like wind-whipped waves. Don’t think you’re going to get anything from the Master that way, adrift at sea, keeping all your options open…Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life.

James 1:2-8, 12 The Message

If you’ve never read the Bible regularly, start today with the book of Proverbs. It’s August 3 so read Proverbs 3. Then continue with each chapter that corresponds with each day of the month. It’s a great way to start!

How has God spoken to you lately through His Word?

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