I really like bright cheerful colors!
Some have gone through terrible suffering and trials.
Personally, I don't think my "trials" are anything compared to some.
Let me share with you a couple of my "trials"...
I grew up in a gang neighborhood in So. Cali. I was afraid to walk home from school somedays.
I was almost kidnapped twice. I grew up without a father or a dad figure.
My mom had drug problems when she was raising me.
She spent a year in a mental institute. She passed from cancer at age 60.
I really don't have any family on my side.
But, I have an adopted family that I am VERY thankful for!!
Plus my church family!
Now, this is just some of it in a nutshell. I'm not sharing this to get any sympathy. I just believe I'm pretty much like everybody else. We all have baggage and we all have difficulties we are presently going through or have gone through in the past. Yours is just probably different from mine.
God has been so amazing and faithful to me, He's brought me through so much.
But you know I still don't think my "trials" are anything compared to what some go through.
And only the Lord knows what other struggles I'll have to face.
But seeing and knowing how far He's brought me, gives me faith that He will NEVER abandon me!
Suffering and struggles stretch us.
It doesn't say in the Bible that we will be exempt from troubles.
In fact, we should expect it.
I have told you this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
God uses these struggles to help us grow. To build strong character in us or to help others down the road.
Good character is so important. Who are you when no one is looking? What do people see in you? Honesty? Humility? Generosity? Dependence on God? Kindness?
Problems also help us trust in God's sovereign purpose for our life.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
Suffering also enables us to comfort others.
2 Corinthians 1:4,5(NLT)
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.