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Cathy Sifuentez

Central Sisters Write

Vol. 8 Issue 3
March 2010

Published monthly by the Women’s Ministry at Central Church of Christ, Amarillo, TX

It is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose. Philippians 2:13 NIV

The Triumph of Trials

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Deut. 4:9NIV

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the LORD swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.

If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow--to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways and to hold fast to him-- then the LORD will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and stronger than you.
Deut 11:18-23 NIV

History is a perfect medium for showing us how negative, even devastating, circumstances can actually be a blessing allowing a person to perform an act of greatness that benefits both him and countless others. For example, in a small village named Sulgrave, located near Banbury, England is the ancestral home of George Washington’s family. Lawrence Washington, the original Washington to live in the house, was a successful wool merchant, and mayor of Sulgrave, in 1532 and 1545. In 1656, his great, great, grandson, John Washington, immigrated to Virginia. John’s father and brothers supported the King during the period of England's civil war in the 1640's (led by Oliver Cromwell). When Lord Cromwell's forces won the war eliminating the monarchy, it was expedient for the Washington families to leave England lest Cromwell take all they owned. In 1732, in Virginia, John Washington's great-grandson, George, first President of the United States, was born.

Irony is woven all through the story. Destiny and danger are obvious to us looking back, but to the Washington family, it was a matter of living life and its trials as they happened. Their biographies show they had a strong belief in God and way of looking for the positive in all circumstances. They felt confident that God would lead them through their trials.

What an example they set for us! How often we fall into Satan’s trap of negativity and blame God for our circumstances when we ought to be turning to him for guidance through the trial.

Thought for today: God may never call us to greatness, but he may call us to be the mother or father of a great person. As we teach a child values and morality, we may be preparing him or her for greatness.

Mary Ellen Evans

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