I haven't written in this blog in years and there's no way I could ever catch up but I have something I want to be sure to remember so I figured I will just start there and if I am able to continue on with the blog now that would be great!
When I was pregnant with James and we had already found out he was a boy and decided we were going to name him James (so like 6 years ago) I read James 1:2-5 and it really spoke to me because we had faced trials in trying to have children and I knew that it would make us stronger as a result. Fast forward about a year and we were having James dedicated at church and had to choose a life verse for him. My mind went back to these verses in James and I felt like they should be his life verse. I felt kind of silly choosing a verse for my baby that says to take joy in your trials but I didn't know what else to choose so that's what it was!
Lately at school James has been struggling with doing work that he can't sit down and finish quickly. We have been talking about it and trying to help him see that he CAN do hard things. I have been encouraging him to pray and that God can help him through these things that he thinks are hard. While he was at school today I remembered again his life verse and I was so excited to talk to him about it. I think this verse is going to be more helpful in his life than I could have thought when he was a baby. I pray that he will memorize it and use it to encourage himself and others as he grows. I don't think it really sunk in or meant that much to him when I talked to him about it today but I trust that starting at age 5 to talk about it will help him learn those lessons much earlier in life and help him have the courage to do hard things!