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Jen Kramer
Devotional Blogger. Working Wife and Mother. Child of the Risen King.
Devotional Blogger. Working Wife and Mother. Child of the Risen King.
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As a parent, would you rather your child followed your every whim, or was free to make their own choices? True love wants them to make their own choices… and this is God’s desire for His children. I will never be able to fully reconcile the two inherent truths of our free will and His sovereignty, but God has shown me an inkling in the following perspective.

#freewill   #sovereignty   #grace   #worth   #anxiety   #parenting   #godswill  

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One question has been at the forefront of my mind lately: what gives saints (and by saints, I mean followers of Christ) #joy through physical #suffering ? I have seen saints with such #perseverance in Christ that joy pervades their being in a powerful and brazen #witness to those around them. Yet I have feel as though I have barely persevered in this fight against #chronicpain , and also keenly feel my own general lack of joy through it. So I keep returning to God with that question. What am I missing?
#grace   #joyofthelord   #thankfulheart  

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What about those times when I just don't want to #hurt anymore?
#chronicpain   #trials   #worth   #hope   #grace   #thankfulheart  

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We all go through difficult times. In fact, the Bible makes no bones about the fact that we will suffer. But the amazing thing? God not only uses that #suffering to perfect us, but also gives us His #grace and power - sufficient for each moment - to live, and to live for Him.
#hope   #trials   #thankful   #thankfulheart  

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Now available on Amazon! "How Do I 'Give Thanks in Everything'?" is a #WomensBibleStudy centered on applying #thankfulness to every aspect of our walk with God. Ready to experience God's #joy on a deeper level? Need a #BibleStudy for the #newyear that's easy to lead, but also tailor to your group's needs? Check out this new 13-week study by Jen Kramer, author of the blog Thankful Heart (1000-thanks.blogspot.com).

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As evidenced by my blog, I have found the practice of #thankfulness to fuel my #joy in the Lord. It has helped in so many areas in which I've faltered. Paul's call to action in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 isn't idle, and this journey of learning to apply joy, #prayer , and thankfulness to my life has transformed me; I want to share it with all of you.
#biblestudy   #thankfulnessstudy   #newstudy   #joyofthelord   #grace   #thankfulheart  

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Life hurts. Whether you struggle with physical or emotional pain (or both), there will be times in life when it seems #unbearable . "This, too, shall pass." My #hope  doesn't stop there, though. Not only will this moment of #pain pass, but there will be moments of #joy , as well. Those will pass, too, until we breathe our last breath and join Christ in heaven. Then we will have joy everlasting!
#grace   #joyinchrist   #chronicpain  

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#Motherhood  is a difficult thing on its own, because it is ever-present amidst all the beautiful catastrophe of life. It never truly ends, and we all need #encouragement through it. Even if you aren't a #mother , encouragement is huge. We simply need it, because we lose sight of the bigger picture. We get bogged down in day-to-day battles, and don't look back to realize that - through God's amazing #grace and #sovereign power - we're slowly but surely winning the war.
#parenting   #discouraged   #hope   #chronicpain   #thankfulheart  

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I am too #weak to deal with all these #circumstances , and I have a tendency to make matters worse with my thoughts. Yet Christ is working all things (including these circumstances) for my good, and I can rest in His #grace and have faith in His plan. #Rest and #faith may not seem like #strength , but God's strength takes care of the rest from there in order for me to obey His good an perfect will.
#anxious   #trials   #stressed   #thankfulheart  

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God's unchanging #grace#love , and #purpose for me are a rock to stand on, a refuge of protection, and a stronghold in our spiritual battle. Wishes and desires come and go, but God is the I AM.
#depression   #stress   #trials   #hope   #thankfulheart  
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