As I walk down the beach of life, hand in hand with Jesus Himself, it is still easy for me to feel like the things that I go through and the mistakes that I make are part of me, like they’re tattooed on my skin or stamped on my forehead. But that isn’t the case at all.
My struggles do not define me.
It has taken me a while to realize that everything comes into my life for a reason, and that God can use each and every thing for my good … if I will let Him. When I entrust my life into His hands, He is faithful to provide.
My struggles refine me.
They are shaping me into the person that I am, causing me to understand myself, grow closer to my family, and come to love and trust in the Lord even more.
Hardships are no fun at all to go through, but the blessings that come from them are worth the initial pain. And with the Lord by my side, through happiness and trial, I am content to meet anything that comes my way, for I know that His plans for me are joyful ones. ❤
After yesterday, I wasn’t sure how I was feeling … I wondered if my faith was bigger than my fear. But I know now that what matters is that, despite my anxiousness, leaving it all in His hands is an act of beautiful surrender, whether I tremble before Him, or not.
Here are some verses to inspire you today:
“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” ~ James 1:17
“In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory … ” ~ 1 Peter 1:6-8
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” ~ John 17:33
May God be with all of you at the beginning of this week. ❤ God bless!