BJGilmore

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…..As some of you may know, Lamentations is a book in the Old Testament of the Bible. This book represents the Prophet Jeremiah’s thoughts in regards to the fall of Jerusalem; he speaks of the destruction that God allowed to befall Israel.

The definition of the word “lament” is to express sorrow, mourning or regret while “lamentations” is an expression of grief. So the question is; why would I choose this particular word to represent my writing????? You see, as we go through life we all face tests, trials and tribulations {the Three-T’s} and from those three-t’s our “Testimony” is born. However, instead of looking back and grieving the mistakes we made along life’s journey, we must truly count it all joy!

In short, I was inspired to write the majority of my poems during times of sorrow and my three-t’s. However, my sorrow and my three-t’s produced a mountain of inspiration. As such, I truly believe that my poems {and books} will be an inspirational blessing for all who seek peace, comfort, encouragement, strength, hope and joy…..

Amen-

BJG

 

Defining Joyful Lamentations

 Lamentations 3:21-24 {KJV}

21This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. – 22It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. – 23They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness. – 24The Lord is my portion saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him.

James 1:2-3 {KJV}

2My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; – 3Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

Application {James 1:2-3/KJV}

In this epistle on Christian living, James opens with a most crucial topic: the trials of life. These verses describe the various testings {whether from the world and satan, or from God} into which godly Christians fall. These “negative” experiences are to be accepted with great joy, not for the sake of the trial itself but because of the positive work God can accomplish through the testing. The words in verses 2 and 3 {temptations and trying} are often regarded as virtually synonymous. If this were true, then trials themselves would produce spiritual maturity. But they do not. Often, testings make Christians bitter instead of better, with no spiritual growth occurring. The Greek word for trying {dokimion} might be better translated as “approving.” It is not merely one’s presence in such trials but one’s victory over them that brings spiritual growth and maturity. Those Christians whom God can use the most are those whom God has bruised the most.

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