i heard something to this effect the other day: perfection is what i can do in my own strength. (and it's really a skewed perfection. not really perfection at all.) perseverance is what i can do through His strength.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into
this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of
God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that
suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our
hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
thursday means that small group is tonight. i'm enjoying getting to know the other ladies. each of us are journeying through this newly-married and/or new parents stage. it can be a rough & yet beautiful time of life.
there is a lovely thing about snow in our apartment complex: it makes the speed bumps less bumpy. and, speaking of snow, i think it's time for some more. an inch here, inch there is driving me nuts. i want 6 inches (or more) please! all at once! maybe we need to move further north.
i've been reading in Job....it's been awhile since i've read it and i am again amazed at his faith, honesty, and vulnerability. he remained true and did not curse God in the midst of suffering and tragedy. we do not understand God's ways & purposes and yet we do know of His faithfulness, grace, mercy, hope and joy. so many crazy things happening in my life right now and in the past few months. thank goodness for the solid ground that is Jesus. He is truly my solid Rock.