Sharing from Proverbs 31 Ministries today:
"Jesus, help us to walk in the wisdom of Your words from Romans 12:12- Being joyful in hope, patient if affliction, & faithful in prayer."
According to Wikipedia, "Hope is the state which promotes the desire of positive outcomes related to events and circumstances in one's life or in the world at large." Let's be joyful in that!
Patient in affliction could be a little harder to work on. Being patient (alone) is something I know I need to work on, especially when it comes to other drivers around me. But when you're sick and maybe don't understand why, it's a little harder to be patient. We want cures NOW! But let's work on that patient part. Trust God to see us through and give us healing. Whether our affliction be physical, mental, or spiritual.
Faithful in prayer. Ever pray for something so long, that after a while, it seems to get old? I feel that way sometimes. I'm guilty of giving up on my own personal prayer requests. Days sometimes turn into weeks and weeks into months and months into years. It gets discouraging, sometimes. But we can't always see God at work. He works in ways we cannot see. So let's not give up on prayer! Stay faithful in whatever it is that God has laid on your heart to pray for. James 4:3 says we have not b/c we ask not. Stay faithful, even when you want to give up. Cause you never know how God is at work in your life.
Just some food for thought. As 2013 comes to an end, and as we embrace a new year, let us reflect on God's wisdom and & learn to walk in His ways.