I admit it seems unreasonable and out of the ordinary to be thankful for the struggles and trials we go through. Many times it is impossible to see the good in certain situations while they are happening to us or our loved ones. In Christ we have the hope and promise that He will not only bring us through the trials of this life, but we will emerge from them stronger and better than before. I have witnessed it many times that there is purpose and good that comes from our experiences, both good and bad.
1. What is a trial in your life that you are experiencing presently or had in the recent past?
2. How can God use it to make you better or stronger?
Challenge: Each morning ask God to use the experiences and trials of this life to mold you into something better than before. Trials and hard times often are opportunities if we look for God's hand working. Allow yourself to be open and available.