Hardships

Dear Precious Friends,
We've been walking through tough times like we've never known. Some of us in addition to the Pandemic are also facing difficulties that we never imagined ...

The Lord reminds Isaiah “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you” (Isaiah 43:2).
No matter what is happening in our lives, we can be comforted that God is there. This world is full of hardship, but we can be comforted in knowing that He knows our hearts more than anyone, even ourselves. He hears our cries and wants us to run to Him.
It's in the hardest of times..the hardships, pain and trials we face — that we cling to God most tightly.

Our pain can be our platform to understand what others go through... Unless you've been faced with a cancer diagnosis or a difficult family circumstance, caring for elderly parents, a child who has gone astray, addiction, health issues, a pandemic, a difficult marriage, etc.. you can't understand what someone else has gone through... . Everyone longs to be understood. It feels good to have someone who’s been there and isn’t afraid to admit it. There is beauty in being vulnerable with your pain or struggle.

When looking at so many examples in Scripture, I cannot help but look at the whole picture of the Bible. It’s truly one beautiful story made up of many ordinary people like you and me. But the best part of all is that Jesus walked with those people in the midst of their struggles, which means He will for us, too! Whatever it may be. He’s there. He’s listening, and He wants to fight for us. All He asks for us to do is rest in Him.

Dear Jesus, give me the strength today to endure all that is in front of me. Help me believe You are with me in the highs and lows of life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

2 Corinthians 4:16, “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” (ESV)

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