Posts Tagged ‘Trials’

We have all made them in kindergarten, pinch pots. Perhaps you made a bowl or ashtray. They are very simple objects. I have all my girl’s pinch pots that they made.

I thought they were just for kindergarten classes. Little did I know they were also for college classes. It’s the first thing you make in ceramics class. Why? Because the techniques you use for the pinch pot you use for the wheel later.

The Lord impressed on my heart the other day that He, the Master Potter, pinches and presses us as He molds us into the likeness of His Son.

It’s not fun at times. The pinching and the pressing of life can be overwhelming. But each one slowly molds us, forms us, and changes us. But there is something else, something more wonderful.

I pulled out one of the pinch pots I had made and realized that my fingerprints were all over it. You could see every pinch I made and every pull.

It’s the same with God. If we allow Him to do His work, others will see His fingerprints all over us. We become a visual example of what He can do with clay that allows Him to work. We have a testimony.

It Doesn’t mean we are going to be happy through it all the time but it does mean that we have a promise that He will work all things for our good if we trust Him.

As I head into this new year, I am already anticipating being pinched and pressed and pulled. But I also know that I am going to learn, grow and become more like His Son so that others will see His fingerprints.

How about you? Have you just come out of a pressing time? Do you see His fingerprints? Are you in the midst of it right now? Take heart He is molding you into something beautiful. That doesn’t mean you won’t cry or get angry. He can take it. But it does mean you can have joy knowing His promises can be counted on.

This blog is dedicated to JoAnn Rosell who displayed the fingerprints of God with love and humility

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As much as I wish it wasn’t true, God never promised us a trouble free life. Due to the sin in the world, life can get messy.

So what do we do when life throws us challenges? James the half- brother of Jesus gives us an answer.

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.” James 1:2 (NTL)


“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.” (MSG)

I have never thought of trials as gifts never mind joyful, until recently.

One day, in exasperation, I told my husband I can not continue to fight “fear”.

His response, “That’s why you need to memorize scripture.”

“I do. When I start feeling afraid I recite the verse sometimes two or three times and nothing happens.”

“You need to meditate on it.”

“That’s my issue. I’m not meditating on the Word.”

Little did I know the opportunity to learn about meditating was coming sooner than I thought.

Two weeks later I found myself in the ER with a wild heart rate. Scratching their heads, the nurses looked at my heart rate then the test results, “You’re staying over night.”

I felt fear creep in. Immediately a verse entered my mind and I prayed:

“Father You said in Your word do not be anxious for anything, well right now, I am anxious. You also said to bring prayers and petitions to You. Well I am. You know the answers. I need Your peace.” (Philippians 4:8)

The peace that came over me surprised me, it shouldn’t have but it did.

With several tests scheduled over the following weeks, the doctors released me the next day. During one of those tests, I panicked, on what I thought was a problem.

Once more, I turned to praying scripture.

Again peace came over me so much so, I could have fallen asleep on the examination bed.

How can we find in joy in trials? James puts it this way:

“For you know that when your faith is tested, you endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” vs 1:3-4 (NLT)

When, my faith is tested, I have the opportunity to grow.

How did I grow?

1. I learned what meditating on the Word meant, and how it worked in my life.
2. I also exercised more dependence on God.

Was it worth it? Yes. Would I go through it again? Yes, because I grew more mature. Will I fail again, of course, I’m human.

How about you? Are you going through a trial right now and wondering where the peace is? Ask God for scripture to meditate on, and what lessons He wants you learn.

“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. do not waiver…” James 1:5-6a (NLT)

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