Why Can't Things Be Easier?!
Hey Lovebugs :-)
How many of us would LOVE it if things were easier? Instead of having to go through the hard stuff, it would be so much better to just glide gracefully through life. During our quiet time, The Lord began talking to me about the sufferings of being a Christian. We know that Christ suffered (ie, the Crucifixtion) so because we are His children, we will go through some things. Afflictions, persecution and trials are all apart of the Christian walk. It's all in how we handle it.
It is through problems that our character is developed. It is through the hard times that we learn that God is faithful. It is through affliction that our faith is strengthened. Think about it. Our greatest struggles have produced the greatest change within us. It was rough. It was even painful. But through it all, God was with us.
When we're going through some painful trials, who doesn't wish that things would lighten up a bit. But the great thing is we're stronger than we think we are because "the joy of the Lord is your strength" (Nehemiah 8:10). We have to allow God to do what He needs to do in us, trusting Him throughout the entire process. We have to focus on the progress and not the pain and trust me, it's easier said than done! But it's not impossible!
Just hold on Lovies. Galatians 6:9 says "Let us not grow wear in well doing for at the proper time, we shall reap a harvest if we faint not!" And I'm here to tell you, no matter what, we will NOT faint!