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1 Peter 1:8-9 “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

That verse says “…joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory…” There truly is joy, despite any circumstance, when we are walking with the Lord.   It is like the thread on a large quilt, woven in and out and around and through the many different layers, holding it all together.   The Joy of the Lord is much like that, weaving in and through all the different layers of our lives giving us strength for each day.  It holds us together when life seems to be unraveling.

That time… You were sitting in the Dr.’s office and you heard words you didn’t want to hear. Your finances were exhausted but you needed more.  Someone you love was suffering and you could not alleviate the hurt.  When you lost someone you loved.  Your job was cut.  When someone broke your heart and you thought your heart would come right out of your chest.  God was always with you.  Deep down through all those different layers of pain and hurt He was still weaving His joy.  The joy of knowing that despite it all… We are not alone.  There is great joy in knowing that one day we will be with the Lord.  This world is only our temporary home. While we are here though, God will provide. He cares about those we love.  He heals the broken-hearted.   He knows, hears and sees your pain and is with you through it all.  That deep down assurance is part of the joy only He can give.

I love these verses we read in 1 Peter 1: 3-9

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.  And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.  So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.  You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.”

Because we can be saved through the death and resurrection of Christ, we can have great joy! Joy in knowing that we have a priceless inheritance! Joy in knowing we are forgiven!  Joy in knowing God is protecting us with His power!  Joy in knowing that these trials are only temporary, but Heaven is eternal!  Despite the things that life throws at us, we can still have that deep down Joy of the Lord.  What a wonderful gift!  So, as we let God continue to weave the different layers of our lives, let’s remain strong, be courageous and remember that there is wonderful joy even on the hardest days.  The Joy of the Lord is our strength!

September 2015

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“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”-Romans 8:28

Recently we took a very quick trip to my parents in NY.  It may have been the quickest and the quietest trip we’ve had in a while. 😉  I’ll summarize it in three letters: GPS! It’s supposed to be a device meant to navigate you, but really I think it’s a device that sees how many different routes it can use to get you to the same destination!  Let me give you a few comments in the car from that day, so you too can enjoy it like we did! NOT!

“Where is this thing taking us?”  “That is not the right way!”  “I’m not going that way.”  “Trista, this is your neck of the woods which way do we go?” “Raymond, I have never lived up in this area… I DO NOT KNOW!”  “Let’s just stop talking.” “Why don’t you just follow the GPS instead of arguing with it?”  “Do you want an ice cream?” and again “Do you want an ice cream?” (Yes it took us in an hour-long circle, so Raymond thought asking again as we drove by would be “funny”!)  HaHa!  I could go on, but you probably get the point.  We were frustrated and over an hour behind schedule.  Then, to make matters worse, we get to the border crossing (not even the one we were aiming for) and they pull us over for a random search.  UGGHHH.

By this time, we were tired and cranky and it was best to just be quiet!  Jake, our dog, however didn’t seem to mind a bit. He slept for the extra hour and was quite happy to sit outside the border on a bench with us.  Thankfully the border incident was very quick and we were on our way again sooner rather than later.  Raymond decided it was because we looked so miserable they just wanted us to move along! Might be true!

The whole GPS thing got me thinking again about something I already know:  God should be our GPS for life. Unlike the electronic one, HE DOES KNOW THE BEST ROUTE! He is The One who we should be letting navigate our lives.  But, how many times do we say “I don’t want to go that way” or “This isn’t the direction I had planned”.   We sometimes try to convince God to let us take a different route or we just veer off the chosen path and do what we want to anyway.   Then we get lost, tired and cranky.  It was a reminder that every day we need to seek God and ask Him “What is the best route for me today? “Where would you have me go and what would you have me do?”  It is so easy for us to get caught up in the everyday routines of work, home, family, church, etc… that we forget to actually stop and consult the GPS, that being God.   Also it reminds me that although I don’t always fully understand the route God is taking me on, I can be assured that He is working it all for my good. I know for certain that the destination will be worth the journey. This world is not our home,  we are just passing through. Will you let God be your GPS?  You can trust His route completely!

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.  If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.  And you know the way to where I am going.”… Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14: 1-4,6

Trista’s Treasures July 2015

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1

Hello WCC and Pembroke, Ontario!  We arrived on July 2nd to a very warm welcome, lots of help to unload a very full U-Haul and we even had cake too! J There are not enough words to thank those who have helped us with the transition of this move.  We thank you for the hands that worked to unload the truck, made or provided food, gave cards or notes, sent messages and especially the many prayers that have been provided for us during this time of change.  Without God, life is just chaos. But with Him, there is always a deep peace through the chaos. What a difference that makes for every single day.  For this I am grateful.

Trista’s Treasures was started several years ago as my way of sharing the things on my heart or the overwhelming blessings from God that I am not good at publicly sharing.  That being said, I am NOT a public speaker in any way.  Being a “Pastor’s Wife”, it took me many years to figure out that this was ok.  Even though I am shy, I can still have a voice.  Please note I did said “shy”, that doesn’t necessarily mean “quiet”! 😉  I can sometimes find my voice through writing.  Nothing too deep, but things I am thankful to the Lord for, things that bring me joy or sharing things I know everyone can relate to.  So, you may see me at the piano on occasion, but you probably will not see me on the platform, or leading a group.

That being said, you will find me working with and alongside the group, lending a helping hand when needed.

Joni Erickson Tada says:  “Faith isn’t the ability to believe long and far into the misty future.  It’s simply taking God at His Word and taking the next step.”

So WCC, although we do not know what the future holds, we do know that God has given us this time and this place to journey together for a purpose.  So let’s step out in Faith, believing with our whole heart that we can know for certain God has great things in store! We can trust that being faithful to His cause will grow our faith in Him, and one another, as we work together for the Kingdom.   We look forward to serving together with you in the days ahead.

“Faith as small as a mustard seed will move mountains, move mountains. Faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains by the power of God.  Believe what Jesus said is true. Believe He meant it just for! Wait and see what God will do as you pray, pray, pray!” – Doug Horley