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Seek First The Kingdom Of God

Updated on August 15, 2009

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Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Colossians 3:12-14

What a lesson learning to clothe yourself with compassion, kindness,humility,gentleness, and patience. I learned over the years that if we ask the Lord for patience, He will give it to us. Some things will come into your life that will make you gain patience. Waiting, is hard but when we ask we shall get what we ask for if we believe.

When I first became saved these scripture's stayed in my thoughts as well as others did. Learning is very important to me, specially learning how to apply God's Word to my daily life. When my husband lost his job and we lost our home and car, patience was what we needed to know that the Lord has not forsaken us, sometimes there is a lesson in things that we lose or gain. God can give and God can take away. If we are not using the gifts we get for holy reasons maybe God see's that it isn't important for these things to stay in our lives. He said He would give us what we need to live, maybe not very glamorous things but maybe just what we need to get by. All things of this world will pass away. We can't take it with us. I think maybe we we're not doing what we we're suppose to do when hubby lost his job and we lost our car and home, maybe we were not grateful, but maybe we had to suffer our own consequences and hubby got tired of working 80 hours a week..But, God has blessed us double since then, oh I don't drive a new car, or live in a big big house, I drive a 1975 nova..compared to the 2005 ford focus I use to drive. The double blessing I'm talking about is that I know what its like to have plenty and I know what its like to have little. God has blessed me with more knowledge of Him, not in material things. I eat, I have shelter, I have a car, I have enough to pay bills..I have the LORD which is more important.

At the time of all the loss we all really had to bear with one another and it's hard at times but we did. We had to move in with my oldest daughter and we did not get along with our son in law, and we needed this patience to get by. God says we can love him with His love. Bearing with one another seems harder each day I live, but by God's grace I can do what God says I can do, through Jesus Christ my Lord.

Over the last 2 1/2 years I have had one of my lungs collapse and have had three surgerys. I have learned to hold onto God in all circumstances..For when I am weak He is strong. So many trials and storms have come our way, problems with finances, with family. All kinds of things that never seem to pass..but I always keep in my head and heart, that all things will come to pass. Right now we are fighting for our youngest grandson, fighting with his mother to get him back into her care and her arms. Of course she was led astray and still seems to have trouble in her heart, but as her mother and a child of the most high, I feel God will lead her back to him someday, and my son to of course.

Yesterday my daughter was searching the web for away to get help with the custody of her son, she noticed a page that just popped up and it was a site that will help low income mothers get their children, she ran into the living room and said mom, I believe God had this site pop up for me, so she filled out the form and is waiting for a call. We will see what this holds for her..

Also kindness to others is a must, alot of times I get irritated with things, I am a caregiver also. I have my 70 year old mother living with me, who has alztimiers(if I spelled that wrong,sorry) and there have been so many trials in that, I also helped take care of her mother back when I was a early teen and as a late teen I helped with my dad who passed on with cancer, he died holding my hand. Oh how life can take a toll, not bragging here, these trials I could of did without in my eyes but the Lord seemed to think other wise. Kindness, can we be kind to the unkind? We can but only by His grace. I'm a sinner and I'm saved by GOD's amazing Grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. So let's be kind, let's have patience, let's be humble, oh I could go on and on, and write a book, which I have several, and in the times of trials and storms my books are not selling good, but in God's time they will. Even so, I'm here to show God's love and to share all that goes on, to bring Him Glory. Praise HIM with me and lets first seek the Kingdom Of God, and all these other things will be added unto us.

Written By Betty Bolden


Jesus Is My Joy Ministries



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    • jesusmyjoy profile imageAUTHOR

      Betty Bolden 

      6 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      you are so right april

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      April Reynolds 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      This is a good reminder that God is in our trials and it is when we have troubles that we get to know God better. Thank you!

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      7 years ago

      i have been of meth about 2 munths saten wont leiv me olong frank navero beeing st mr d thy say lowerace livermoor lab miss dike lipe capuchino

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      8 years ago

      This is great and a powerful message..goes along with the verse..we also rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perserverance, perserverence character and character hope..Rom. 5:3,4

      With Jesus nothing is impossible..truly jesus is our joy

      praise him! praise his holy name1

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      8 years ago from Beautiful Berkshires of Massachusetts

      Just checking out some of your hubs. You have some powerful stuff here. Keep up the good work.

    • jesusmyjoy profile imageAUTHOR

      Betty Bolden 

      9 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      thank you timehealsall

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      9 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Hello jesusmyjoy, I can relate. I took care of my Mom for 7 years till she passed away. I thank God now that i got to spend time with her. I know life can get overwelming. I came across something that has helped me to cope and it works if you work it. This saying has a lot of meaning to it. "While our focus is on God, he will take care of our troubles". I know that if i focus on doing God's will and i let go of the worry, He steps in. My life has changed as a result. God Bless you and i look forward to being your fan!

    • jesusmyjoy profile imageAUTHOR

      Betty Bolden 

      9 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      thank you deborah

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      9 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Thank you Betty for sharing your strong faith and helping me to see that making it to the other side of our trials will help us to be more insightful and understanding. I am dealing with several of the same problems you shared here and it gets to be so easy to feel like it will just go on this way forever, nice to hear it's just a season and you've come through it...Praise Jesus, Deborah-Lynn

    • jesusmyjoy profile imageAUTHOR

      Betty Bolden 

      9 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      thank you your all amazing

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      9 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Hi jesusmyjoy. You are a living miracle. Lungs? Wow that is huge You had the best PHD. Our Savior. I am grateful you are here. You are a blessing. It is clear to me Our Father is using you in mighty ways sister.

      You bless others, I am sure he was smiling on in favor when you wrote this hub. Very Beautiful I love the picture

      Your friend

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      9 years ago

      Betty, I know sometimes we do not know why we do not know when we do not know how but when we look back we say Thank You Lord. I have been down so many roads in my life some what like you have allot of times I thought it was best to run and I did like so many people in the Bible we have seen and heard more than we want. I know only one thing out of my life that Jesus has never forsaken me he welcomed me back with open arms. I am sorry I do not want to go on one day I should right a hub or maybe a book. Praise his Holy Name. Amen

    • bayareagreatthing profile image


      9 years ago from Bay Area California

      Sometimes life is a challenging journey! Your desire to be content in all things reminds me of Philippians 4:12-

      "I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want".

      To learn contentment is one of our greatest life lessons here. Thank you for being willing to share your heart with people. May your joy be increased!

    • jesusmyjoy profile imageAUTHOR

      Betty Bolden 

      9 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      Thank yu all so so much

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      9 years ago

      Nothing I can add to this will make it any more clear to whoever reads it. My heart was softened very much as I read your words. Thank you for being faithful to Him.

      Prophesy over your grandson that God will bring him back to his mother and grandparents.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      9 years ago

      Great hub! Continue as you stated "To seek ye first the KINGDOM of God... "God Bless you for your perseverance. Blessings

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Wow! You have been through the wringer! And yet . . . you still show such strong Faith in the Lord. You are a wonderful witness. God Bless You!

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      9 years ago

      Great hub, im glad you are yet holding on to Jesus! Never give up!

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      Rebecca Sue Mallory 

      9 years ago from Central Texas

      Jesusmyjoy-thanks for sharing this. He is a strong tower that we can run in to. Peace and blessings!

    • jesusmyjoy profile imageAUTHOR

      Betty Bolden 

      9 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      Thank you ftgfmom

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      9 years ago

      Keep the faith, You are an overcomer.

    • jesusmyjoy profile imageAUTHOR

      Betty Bolden 

      9 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

      Thank you cristina i'm so glad others are reading my hubs

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      9 years ago from Manila

      What a very great testimony of courage and faith. Thank you for sharing it. I am strengthened whenever I read your hub. Keep on proclaiming Jesus. Your life is a shining inspiration.


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