Thankful for My Trials

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4

It is not always easy to appreciate our struggles. I will openly admit that I am better as a caregiver than I am as a patient. I never imagined that I would actually be grateful for my hardships. In the moments of being beaten down it was sometimes hard to feel grateful for anything other than surviving through the day. Yet, it was through my trials that I have grown stronger in my faith. A supernatural presence that I welcomed in, knowing I couldn’t do it alone. With a thankful heart I have seen God walk beside me, which is way better than walking through the tough times alone.

My trials built my character and as a result they have placed God at the center of my life. He is why I found it possible to be thankful for my struggles. For it is not God that caused my pain, but rather God that saw me through it.

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