Julia M. Faulkner
|To:||My Precious Children|
|DATE:||August 31, 1996|
|SUBJECT:||Trials & Discouragement|
I want you to know that I know many of you have been under a great many trials of late, and that it has caused you to become discouraged. You seem to have lost your joy and peace, and you feel as if you're walking alone in the dark. But, oh, don't you know that I'm always here? For I promised that I would never leave thee nor forsake thee (Hebrews 13:5). And don't you remember when I told you that "there hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it" (1 Cor. 10:13)? This is where you can assured that of II Corinthians 12:9: " . . . My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." For this very reason you can gladly therefore glory in your infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon you. Even in infirmities you have power through my son Jesus. There is a precious promise in Romans 8:39 that I want to bind upon your heart. Nothing can separate you from my love! Don't ever forget that! I've always loved you and I always will.
But on the days when things seem especially trying, well, that one very encouraging verse for you in the book of II Corinthians: "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness (Chapter 12, verse 9)" has even more meaning in verse 10. You can see that Paul had the right attitude when it came to life's storms. For he says of such things: "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then I am strong."
I never promised that living for me would be easy, but I did promise to always be with you, supply the right amount of grace for any need, and give you power and strength through my son Jesus to keep going on!
One last thing. Don't forget to pray continuously and to pray believing (Matthew 21:22 and I Thessalonians 5:17) and you'll receive what you asked for. If I don't answer right away, though, don't become down-hearted. Just remember that we are not on the same time-table. You can find that in II Peter 3:8.
Just remember, I love you and you are precious to me!
© 1996 by Julia M. Faulkner, Sonshine Publications