Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Day 19 of Thankfulness: Trials

I am thankful for trials.
This one is a little more difficult to write about. I don't know many people who can honestly say that they enjoy going through trials and difficult times. One thing the Lord talks about time and time again, is how important trials are. How they test our faith and allow it to grow. If we didn't go through a hard time or two, we wouldn't need God. We would be able to handle life on our own, without His help. Trials allow our faith to grow and for us to truly see the character of God. To see how He is with us each step of the way. He will "never leave us nor forsake us." He loves us that much. 

Looking back on my life, each trial I have gone through I can see the Lord's fingerprints all over them. No, maybe I didn't always feel Him near while I was going through it, but looking back now, I see how He was always there, never leaving my side. I have reached a point where I am thankful for trials. Do I enjoy going through them? Absolutely not. But I can see how they were and are necessary. If I am going to strengthen my faith walk and continue to grow, then going through trials are a necessary part of that process. I am thankful for the trials the Lord has brought my way. And more importantly, how He has seen me through each and every one. 

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