Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Thessalonians' Faith

Reading a passage in the Word today out of 1 Thessalonians 1, verses 2 and 3.

"We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ."

Work: produced by faith.
Labor: prompted by love.
Endurance: inspired by hope in Jesus.

I love that. Even though Saturday mornings are hectic when I'm shooting a wedding, I try to make it a priority to read my bible and pray even if it's for five minutes, and not the usual 20-30. Last wedding day, I was staring an 11 hour day in the face and praying for strength and protection throughout each hour! I came across this verse and it inspired me to face the day giving 100% of what I had to give!

Romans 12:11: Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically.

I've also been making a determined effort to work out more regularly as of late. Worship music (Hillsong, Christian City Church, JesusCulture) has always been my favourite genre to run to. Especially when it gets to the chorus or the bridge and God's love is being proclaimed with such energy it makes me want to run SO much faster! If God is the God of the impossible, the God who does great things, the God who does only wondrous things, pretty sure he can give me the strength to finish this 3 mile run. I love it and He is my strength during a lot of my workouts! Makes me smile.