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My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
james 1:2-5 NIV
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.
You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors.
So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it.
james 1:2-5 MSG
Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.
Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.
But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.
If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.
james 1:2-5 AMP
Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanour, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use. Cultivate these things. Immerse yourself in them. The people will all see you mature right before their eyes! Keep a firm grasp on both your character and your teaching. Don’t be diverted. Just keep at it. Both you and those who hear you will experience salvation. 1 Timothy 4:11-16
SPEAKER: Lisa Hughes – Expectations @ JustONE Virtual Conference at LEADING AND LOVING IT
our experience with church can shape what we think we should be like, what a women in ministry should be like
eg pastors wife (*** oh my goodness her list was SO funny!)
whose opinions matter? who do we listen to most?
everyone will have their expectations about who you should be or what role you do or what you should be like if you’re in a particular role
two correct sources of expectation: BIBLE and OUR HUSBAND
BIBLE – this should be the loudest voice of expectation and encouragement
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
a lot of the times we focus on the latter half of that verse – but the first part is awesome – God is declaring over us – He has a plan for ME for YOU, plans for YOU, special plans for ME, supernaturally scripted a customized plan with MY NAME on it.
God has wired me and gifted me and uniquely placed me in the ministry where i am right now. there is no other person He wants for this role than ME.
it lets me know that God has a plan for ME.
we may want to speak like x y z or do whatever like x y z, but the one thing i can do better than anyone else is be ME. i am the best version of ME.
God wants me to confident with who He has made me to be and that will fulfil my role where He has placed me
MY HUSBAND – first and foremost i am a wife and a mother, not the role or ministry
whenever we’re seeking what we think is expected of us we should check in with our husband.
seek the truth from the Word of God and talk to our husbands to form a correct expectational list and perspective of what God wants us to do and who He wants us to be