“My brothers and sisters, you will face all kinds of trouble. When you do, think of it as pure joy. 3 Your faith will be tested. You know that when this happens it will produce in you the strength to continue. 4 And you must allow this strength to finish its work. Then you will be all you should be. You will have everything you need. 5 If any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He will give it to you. God gives freely to everyone and doesn’t find fault.”
James 1:2-5 NIRV
Don’t give up…keep praying…keep trying…be persistent…have courage…believe. Everyone is challenged by something in life. Everyone is fighting a battle of some kind. It is in these situations that we can see the power of God, we can see His mercy and His grace when we shift our perspective off of worldly treasures and back on to Jesus. God is holding on to you through everything the world is throwing at you. Trust in Him and persevere through trials. Amen.
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
James 1:12 NIV
(This photo was taken in October of 2018 standing on one of the Bridges of Madison County near Winterset, Iowa)