Hardship Builds Character

“A noted scientist, observing that the early sailors believed the coral-building animals instinctively built up the great reefs of the Atoll Islands in order to protect themselves in the inner waterway, has disproved this belief. He has shown these organisms can only live and thrive facing the open ocean in the highly oxygenated foam of the combative waves.

It is commonly thought that a protected and easy life is the best way to live. Yet the lives of all the noblest and strongest people prove exactly the opposite and that the endurance of hardship is the making of the person. It is the factor that distinguishes between merely existing and living a vigorous life. Hardship builds character.”

~ from Streams in the Desert, January 13th

Yet I am so thankful to God, who always marches us to victory under the banner of the Anointed One; and through us He spreads the beautiful fragrance of His knowledge to every corner of the earth. – 2 Corinthians 2:14

It is so difficult to believe this and to take it to heart, much less to live like we believe it! I know that I, for one, would LOVE an easy, comfortable life. But that is not always what is best for us. Many times God would have us to go through trials in order to build our character, and to make us into the people that He wants us to be.

So today, regarding that difficult situation, trying person, or hurtful experience that you (and I!) want to lament and resist…let us make an attempt to accept the circumstance as an opportunity from God to grow. I think that we will be amazed by how He assists us and rewards us for our efforts! ❤

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A Hurdle Overcome

I had a great visit with my psychiatrist today.

We talked about some things that had been weighing on my mind and heart.

She was responsive, and said that she would support me.

I was so relieved! But more than that, grateful!

It is one more hurdle that has been overcome.

Thank You, Lord! ❤

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Choosing to Remember

in-a-meadowMy journey of faith began many years ago, but I have come to the point in my life where I would like to chronicle this adventure: the good, the bad, and the ugly. I trusted Christ as my Savior at a young age, and the Lord has brought me through many ups and downs since then. But the constant in all of it has been Himself. He has never changed, He has never let me down, and although I have faced numerous trials and difficulties, I can praise Him for what He has taught me and how He has grown me.

Some of the biggest challenges that I have been working on and continue to work on have been my battles with anxiety, OCD (Obsessivie-Compulsive Disorder), and depression. These tendencies infiltrate my everyday life, and I am learning how to rely on God to overcome them–little by little–so that I can walk in victory.

As I mentioned, my growth has occurred over time. I have good days and bad days…and then there are the really bad days. But I want to be able to remember the valleys that God brings me through, and to hopefully share something of substance with others who also wrestle with these horrible joy-stealers.

Will you accompany me as I begin this new phase of my journey?