Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Love can manifest itself in many ways. I am helping my family by being strong in my role that God has assigned for my life. Whenever we face a storm, I like to keep us calm by continuing with our routine. This keeps us focused on things most important. for example: Friday=game night, Saturday=movie night, Monday=story night, Thursday=bible study night, etc. My children have a sence of calm from the comfort of our family and our fun nights. My husband is kept calm by knowing that we are still smiling and having fun as a family.
Another way I show love, is when I provide services for my family. When I cook meals with love, they can tell and feel the love I took in preparing those meals. When our home is clean, they feel love through my works. It helps create a calm, safe haven for them. Plus, when I'm nervous or upset, I just clean like crazy! I love it because, I so much calmer after and my house looks great.
I offer plenty of hugs, kisses, and encouragements when we are facing a storm. Even my husband feels better after plenty of hugs and kisses. And the big one is prayer. I turn into a prayer warrior during storms. We pray together as a family, then my husband and I pray, then I pray alone. This has been a great help with our walk through trials.
One thing that we did was create a garden as a family. It was so fun! The babies got so muddy and wet, but were smiling. My kids loved playing in dirt and planting seeds. We planted onions, peppers, tomatoes, etc.. I can't wait to see the fruit of our labor of love grow into a harvest. This garden symbolized our new beginning as a family and growing a bright future together.
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