Let your faith remain strong…

1Peter 1:6-7

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold…though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

This spoke particularly to me today. I have been dealing with more than a full plate lately. Taking care of my mom and step-dad and my dad has been a little trying for the last month and a half. All this on top of going to school and being a wife and an internship. It really is a lot for any one person to handle but I am not in this alone. I have a wonderful husband who is handling my being gone a lot like a trooper. Never complaining or putting any pressure on me. He’s awesome! Even more than my wonderful husband, I have a BIG and Gracious Heavenly Father who walks with me every step of the way. I know I could not do everything I am doing without Him. I would be a wreck if the Lord wasn’t so gracious. I have more than I can handle but I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me! Philippians 4:13

Trials and tribulation…

JAMES 1:2-4
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

This is a tough one. I was taught early, praying for patience brought trials and tribulation. Who really wants to go through those tough times? However, once you get to the other side and see how God has brought you through, it does something inside of you. For me it grows my faith and makes me stronger. Not only that, it reminds how big God is and how faithful He is even when we aren’t.