Some Benefits Suffering In Our Lives

I didn’t actually write this list… it is from a post by Nella Camille from a study on the Rebelution forums about the book Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. I have always remembered it, though, and wanted to look up all the verses for it… and this post reminded me of the list. So, here it is. ๐Ÿ™‚

1) To stimulate spiritual growth (Hebrews 12:11)

Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

2) To point out sin in our lives (James 5)
3) To show us Godโ€™s faithfulness (Psalm 119:75)

I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.

4) The strengthening of our faith as gold (1 Peter 1:7)

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

5) To work through trials for our good and showing us His commitment to us throughout the stages of salvation (Romans 8:28-30)

28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

29For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

30Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

6) To discipline us (Hebrews 12:5-12)

5And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

6For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

7If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

8But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

9Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

10For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

11Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

12Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

7) To prove our character and show Godโ€™s greatness (Job)
8 ) To help us sympathize with others (2 Corinthians 1:6)

ย 6And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

9) To help us rely more on God (2 Corinthians 1:9)

But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:

10) To encourage prayer (2 Corinthians 1:11)

ย 11Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

11) To humble us (2 Corinthians 12:7)

7And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

12) To perfect Christโ€™s power in us (2 Corinthians 12:9)

9And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

13) To produce steadfastness (James 1:3)

3Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.


I am…

…a rather paradoxical sort of person.

I am a practical girl who loves to dream.

I am very particular girl, but also a very random one.

I am a feminine girl who loves to climb trees and dig in the dirt.

I am a funny girl who loves serious, intellectual discussions. (Especially about God.)

I like things to be organized, but I also like making messes and having things scattered all over.

I love simplicity and conciseness, but I also love talking (and writing) about deep, complex things and learning long words.

I am… Carissa.

“Then I remembered Ephesians 2:10, which tells us that we were created “to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” That verse is meant for me and all others who have been “saved by grace through faith.” My existence was not random, nor was it an accident. God knew who He was creating, and He designed me for a specific work.” -Francis Chan

This is What I’m Going to Do

I’ve been wandering around a bit here in my writing, just getting my hour in… but now I’m going to get organized. I know, amazing. ๐Ÿ˜€ I have this book called “Writer’s Inc.” (Yes, I recommend it) and it has a list of all different forms of writing. Handy, isn’t it? So I decided (after talking to my papa about it) to go through that list, starting at the first one and going to the last. Strange, huh? ๐Ÿ˜€ Well, maybe not for you, but for me it is…

So, here are the first few:

Personal writing:

Journal writing

Personal Narrative

Personal Essay

Subject Writing:

Descriptive writing

Eyewitness writing

Interview report

Profile of a person

So…. those will be fun! ๐Ÿ˜€ There are a bunch more after that, but I’m just posting these for now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Once these seven are complete, I’ll post the next bunch.



Babies are Awesome

And here are [some of] the reasons why:

1. They have the agreeable effect of causing you to have a kinder view of mankind in general.

2. Since you can’t help but smile when you look at them, smiling becomes such a habit that you find yourself smiling broadly at random people for no apparent reason.

3. When you look at them, you can’t help but be awed by the One who created them–and being awed by God is always a good thing.

4. They are so CUTE!!!!!! (Seriously, I say the word “Cute” so often now that I sometimes almost embarrass myself by calling things that aren’t really cute cute. :D)

5. They soften and sweeten your behavior in general: you just can’t be hard or harsh with such a small, helpless, adorable little person, and then that sweetness starts spilling over into other intereactions.

6. They are the most pleasant way of building patience that I have ever yet experienced: even when they are crying, they are cute. So you get to build patience (waiting for them to stop and bouncing them for what seems like hours) while thinking about how cute their little mouth is open like that. ๐Ÿ˜€

7. They have a way of making you happier and more aware of pleasant things.

8. You start thinking more deeply about things… how the world will be when they grow up, what kind of effect your life may have on them, and so on.

9. They loosen and lighten you up– you start making all these weird faces and talking in a rather undignified manner: “I wove oo wittle cutie pie! you are so dorable!”

10. They are just such an unlikely, amazing miracle: the whole process is… incredible!!

11. They are squishy and comfortable to hold.

12. They make you feel better just looking at them.

13. No matter what they are doing, they are fascinating to watch: it is very hard to drag your eyes away from their faces.

14. They fill some sort of “hole” in you.

15. They are so curious about the world: it reminds you to be curious and filled with wonder too.

16. They force you (very sweetly) to become less self-centered.

17. They are hope for the future: at least there will be some people around in seventy years or so. Maybe. Provided Jesus hasn’t come back, of course.

18. They remind you how small and helpless we all really are.

19. They are a perfect practicing ground for encouragement.

20. They are easy to love and help you see what love is really about.

Why is it that I always feel I must have an even, normal sounding number of items on my lists? * ponders *