Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Word Filled Wednesday 1 Peter 1:7

The purpose of Word Filled Wednesday is to share the WORD through a photo and verse.



1 Peter 1:6-9 In Context:

6In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

In my life lately, it seems like it's been one thing after another. One hurt feeling, one grief stricken moment, one sickness, one wounded heart, then... rinse and repeat. Forgiveness comes easy for me, it is purely a gift that I have been given. I am SO grateful for that. However, it doesn't lessen the pain of what life throws at me. It stings. But knowing that through these trials I am being REFINED BY FIRE, I have a wonderful feeling of hope and expectation. Wondering what God will bring me next, what will I find on my plate tomorrow? Will it be more than I've ever expected? You BET it will be. In that, I continue to praise, honor and glorify HIM who brings inexpressable and glorious joy to my soul.

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19 comments:

Livy said...

What a comforting WFW... I love how well you express your thoughts over verses... making them easier to understand.

Laurie Ann said...

Awesome picture & Scripture. What great comfort in that Scripture. Happy WFW!

Denise said...

Such a lovely WFW.

Dana-from chaos to Grace said...

Oh that is WONDERFUL! What a beautiful post!

I may need you to ADD text to a photo for me. I'm trying, but it sure doesn't look like yours! EEK!

Miriam said...

lather, rinse, repeat.

i love this.

Beth in NC said...

I love this scripture! More like burn, melt, rinse. Ha. God help us.

Love,
Beth

Rebecca said...

This is a gorgeous Scripture photo! I am so familiar with this cycle. It seems we've been in it for over a year now. And at some point, my attitude did change from Why Me again? to I wonder what God is doing now.... Great post.

Janet said...

Amen! Blessings to you! :)

alihsee said...

Amen Amen - such a gorgeous design! Blessings to you this week!

kbbryant said...

Oh Alexis, thank you so much for this encouragment today! Amen and Amen!

Kathy b

ellen b. said...

May God continue to bless you with the willingness to forgive and with joy in your struggles. I'll also pray that He gives you some shade and rest in your trials...

Tracy said...

What a gorgeous way to display that powerful verse. So sorry to hear things have been rough lately. Know that at this moment I'm stopping to lift a prayer. Thank you for the encouragement to remember the purpose of life's difficulties. Praise God nothing we experience...no hurt, no ache, no loss is wasted. It is all a part of His divine plan for our lives. Love this post, girl!

Take care. Blessings to you.

Tracy

Amydeanne said...

wow what a brilliant picture!

refined in the fire
naked and poor
wretched and blind i come
clothe me in whiteeeeeeeeeeeee
so i won't be ashamed!
Lord light the fire again...

that's one of my favorite songs to sing..
hugs my friend!

Melanie said...

Love it, love it, love it! Refined by the Lord... what a great comfort!

Happy WFW!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

I love the part of the verse that says my faith is more precious than gold. What a beautiful word picture. May we never forget how precious our little bit of faith is.

Thanks for such a great post!
Happy WFW!

He And Me + 3 said...

Absolutely beautiful...all of it the picture the verse and your words too. So true!
Even though the fire is tough the results are more than worth it.

Beth E. said...

Your words and the scripture verses bring great encouragement to me! The past few years have been a struggle for us, too. Thanks so much for your post. :o)

Mary Moss said...

I struggle with forgiveness:-( It's one of the areas I continually take to God to put into that refiner's fire.

Beautiful post.

Joyfull said...

Thank you for sharing such a great perspective on God's Word. When we are going through things, it is so easy to see only our pain and trouble, but truly God is doing a great work and is to be praised.