Hard times . ..
Hard times are tough. They don’t feel good. They wear us down.
We’ve all been there.
If you’re going through a stormy season right now, always remember—hard times have a purpose.
Sometimes God shakes the things in our life that can be shaken in order to reveal the things that can’t be shaken. His ultimate goal is to make us mature, complete, and lacking nothing.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
Another Bible translation puts it this way—
“My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up in you the power of endurance. And then as your endurance grows even stronger, it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.” James 1:2-4 (TPT)
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Leila Grandemange is an award-winning dog writer and the author of several charming books. She is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America and the recipient of the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award. She writes to share comfort and joy and the loving care of our furry friends!
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