Trials and Suffering

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

Helen Keller

Helen Keller was deaf and blind, yet she became a prolific writer. It is an amazing story.

Romans 5:3-5 (NASB95)
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;
and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;
and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

The reason some Christians do not walk in godly character is because when they encounter trials, tribulations, and suffering they get bitter, angry, blame God, reject godly counsel, and do not learn what God was wanting to teach them. So, they just keep going around the mountain.

It is as if some Christians are blind an deaf to the workings of God in their life. So, they lose hope. They do not understand that in the midst of the trials that God loves them. Those who perservere are different. They come to understand God’s love and when they go through another trial they have hope that God will carry them through it.

As inspiring as the Helen Keller story is, the promise of God’s word is even more inspiring. As a Christian we can even go as far as to look forward to the trials God allows to come our way. It just means He is in the character building mode once again in our life.

James 1:2-4 (NASB95)
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies.

Charles E. Jefferson


Over the years I have worked with many people who have had addictions, mentally illness, and other issues. I have seen God deliver them from their bondages and their lives changed. I have also seen some be set free, but then go back into the ‘sin that so easily entangles them’.

It seems that most who go back into bondage do not have a heart of gratitude. Instead of focusing on how God and others have been merciful to them, they get pride and think that they ‘have arrived’, that they know more than those who are helping them to keep the victory and become ungrateful for the sacrifices others have done for them.


I am convinced that a heart of ongoing gratitude is one of the keys to walk in victory. If a person keeps uppermost in their mind the mercy of God and has a heart of gratitude, they will not want to walk in willful sin and rebellion to those who are there to help them keep the victory. The more we understand the love of God for us and are thankful for it, the more we will want to honor Him by living a righteous life.

Thomas Jefferson quote-watch out from the bait

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure until you know there is no hook beneath it.

 Thomas Jefferson

Great advice. Here is a reality, if you are going after wordly pleasure there is going to be a hook attached to the bait. And satan is the one holding onto the pole.

1 Peter says to be sober and alert. Here is the reality. When we are chasing after wordly pleasures we are more focused on the bait than being sober and alert. We are tricked by the smokes and mirrors of the devil.


The next time you see the glitter and the shimmering of the world, run from the bait. It is time to stop blaming the devil and take responsibility for our actions. Yes, he may be tempting us, but we have a choice if we are hanging around where he is fishing. Remember, no matter how good it looks, sin takes us further than we ever planned on going.


The Lord’s Hand Guides in many different ways

About these Angels
Many years ago, an elderly lady was being abused by her daughter. Being close to the elderly lady, I was extremely angry. I picked up an abalone shell ashtray, (after calling adult protective services, the police, etc.), and smashed this shell as hard as I could on the ground.
In the midst of all the broken pieces, was an Angel. Wings, head, halo, bodice & skirt were all in place.
I picked up the pieces, and glued them together as they were presented in the pile of broken shells. A sense of peace came over me, and I knew then that these Angels & their message was for me to share them, and the Peace & Love they bring, with others.

16 years later, these little Angels still present themselves to me to be assembled, and shared – and there is always a cause that the proceeds go to – elder care. Sometimes it is in the form of gifts to those in convalescent hospitals who have no one to visit them on the holidays – a soft bed jacket, or a soft blanket; sometimes it is a gift to an elderly person down on their luck.

There is always more than 1 recipient for the Blessing that these Angels bring:
The person who purchases an Angel is also brought Blessings – sometimes by the beauty and awe that these little creatures posses, but in many cases, it is by them giving it to someone they know, that brings their Blessing. Many people have contacted me wanting more Angels, because the gift the Angels posses in being given away is truly astounding experience for them.

Each of these Angels are 1 of a kind, no 2 have the same ‘personality’. Each one is individually hand crafted with love, in CA, U.S.A., solely by 1 person, myself. These are NOT massed produced.

Sizes are small, approx. 2 inch lapel pins, $25.00 – Medium, approx. 5 inches tall, hanging ornamental style, $45.00 Free standing, approx. 11 inches tall, which have a clear stand, $225.00 are made as a custom order. With personalized theme & color range. Deposit is required for custom orders.

All creations, and their likenesses is sole ownership of the Creator, the Lord Jesus Himself.
Should you not chose to purchase an Angel from me, please don’t forget the elderly, everyday, they need us to help show them Gods Love at this stage in their life.

Deborah Hock (650) 712-1394

Forgiving Enemies

"If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility."
–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Too many people are focused on their wounds and pain to do this. They rather focus on their hurts and sufferings instead of the pain of another individual. Many rather rehearse their past, than get over their past.

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Yes or No?

"’No’ is one of the few words that can never be misunderstood."
But let your statment be ‘yes, yes’ or ‘no,no’.
Matthew 5:37a (NASB)
From God’s Little Instruction Book
The problem is some people lack self confidence and their ‘no’ does not always mean no. Creates much confusion, especially for children. And creates resentments in the person who is not consistent in their ‘no’s’. They get upset because they are not honored. So, let our ‘no’s’ be ‘no’s’.

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