Trials in my life have brought me pain…
and much heartbreak…
and an ocean of tears.
But they have also helped me grow in my faith. As I have persevered through my current darkness toward the light, God has kept his promise by constantly being right by my side.
After asking God for wisdom for this journey, I find that he has given me insight and knowledge when I need it to make decisions and take next steps. I have no doubt that God hears all of my prayers and is in the process of answering them in a way that is best for me and my family.
But it is extremely hard to consider this all joy as James tells us to do in his first chapter.
Maybe in years to come I will consider some of this trial as joy.
Sparks of ‘this is why’.
Sparks of ‘God is moving mountains’.
And my trust – our trust – is growing as we have had to hold onto God with both hands as we figure out how to move forward. There is some joy in that.
I trust that he has the best planned for me and my family. Trusting brings hope and peace and strength.
Please help us to continue to grow, Abba Father.