Friday, October 7, 2016


It should be no surprise that on this Journey, we will go through periods of testing.

It's been said that when God has us go through a test, it's not because He doesn't know what we will do, but it is because WE don't know what is inside of us. Once we've passed the test, we have a new confidence knowing Christ is faithful and we can make it through the next storm.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:12 ESV

The important thing is to remain steadfast. Let's examine what steadfastness means. The Holman Bible Dictionary explains it as "A word meaning to endure patiently. A steadfast person is one who is reliable, faithful, and true to the end."

A steadfast one is someone who perseveres no matter what tests, trials and obstacles may be strewn along the path. Someone who perseveres in spite of difficulties. A person who never gives up though worn and battle-scarred.

Oh, let me be true to the end. Let me be someone who makes it to the end of my Journey without ever giving up. I have this dream of making it to Heaven's gate and having the Lord meet me saying "Well done, Jerralea. I know you've done your best.  I've been waiting  for you to come live here with Me. You are going to love what I've prepared for you!" 

Could anything be better?

The Journey is our way Home. There is nothing more important than making that final destination. Jesus paid my ticket there, but I have to walk it out. In October, I will be observing the things that happen while traveling the Journey and writing a daily post about my observations.

Because I like to stretch myself, I will also do a challenge within a challenge - 31 days of 5 minute free writes. I will take a topic and run with it, writing furiously for 5 minutes, tailoring it to relate to my theme of examining life along the Journey.

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Monica said...

My tests these days seem extremely difficult! My confidence is shaken! I am praying for strength and peace and courage, and hope, and... love. But I pray too that I will remain steadfast! :)
Thanks Lady for your words of wisdom!

Anonymous said...

Yes and amen, I want to be true to the end...

Sandi said...

" is because WE don't know what is inside of us."

WOW! Good way to look at it!

Also, this: The journey is our way Home.

Ahh... :)

betty said...

I get why we needed to be tested because in testing we get stretched, I just wish I would realize earlier on in the test that God is working for me not against me and not despair more than I do. I'm getting better at seeing God's provision through it, but there are days it would be easier just to stay in bed and call in "sick" for the test day, though I know God would not want us to do that and keep ourselves there. He wants us to trust and continue living as he is working with us through the tests.