Trina is one of my heroes! We have been on many mission trips together in Honduras and I've grown to love and admire her. She's such a wonderful example, WCS has tried several times to persuade her to teach for us. Trina is a newlywed and teacher in St. Louis. She has a great message inspired by her earthly father! Pray for me as I'm still on my way to Vietnam!
Ever since I was a little girl, I have truly
admired my father. A humble man from humble beginnings, he spent his childhood
growing up on a farm. After college, he began working as a mixer man for a large
road building company in Tennessee. My father worked his way up in the company,
eventually becoming the vice president of operations over three states. His
courage and strength know no bounds - he has worked incredibly hard for
everything he has accomplished. After almost three decades of working for this
company, he decided to start his own consulting business. After two years, my
father has built his business from the ground up, meeting with success with each
My father continues to inspire me with his work ethic, his
courage, and his strength. I have a tremendous respect for him and all that he
is - for his wisdom, his guidance, and his heart. He has many favorite verses
from the Bible, but his ultimate favorite is from the book of James. I would
like to share this with you; I pray that you will find comfort and peace in
these thoughts and remember the faithfulness of our Lord.
"Count it all joy when you face trials of many kinds, because you know
that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish
its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking
From this verse, my father taught me four words to keep these
verses in memory:
COUNT: We need to count on having problems in this
life. Trials and tribulations will come our way - due to our own mistakes or the
decisions of others. God guarantees that things will happen - as long as we "
count" on them, they will not be a surprise.
KNOW: God wants us to know
that we will be able to get through the tough times of this life. He promises us
that He will not give us more than we can handle; we can rest easy knowing that
"this to shall pass" and we will make it to the end.
ASK: We need to ask
the Lord to help us though the trials that come our way. We need to realize that
we cannot make it through this life alone - we need the Lord the guide us in the
right direction. This takes a great deal of humility, but we need to lay our
pride aside and ask the Lord for His help.
LET: Out of the four words,
this is the hardest one - finally, we must let God have control. So often, we
think we can handle things on our own terms and in our own way. We should
realize that God is in control - and trust His guidance in all that we
Thank you, Dad, for your wisdom... and thank you, Heavenly Father,
for your infinite promises.
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