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00463 - Use Difficulty As Preparation

Life's challenges can sometimes feel like a bitter pill to swallow, but they often prepare us for something greater. Romans 8:28 (NKJV) says "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

Going through a difficult time is a bit like forging steel; the process is tough, hot, and intense, but the end result is something strong and resilient. Your struggles can equip you with the wisdom and empathy needed to help others who are walking down a similar path in the future.

While today's hardships might feel unbearable, keep in mind that you're being prepared for a purpose that may well be bigger than yourself. You'll not only emerge stronger but you'll be in a position to be a beacon for others. And that is a silver lining worth holding on to.

Quote Hardships produce strength we never knew we had.


Lord, help me understand the refining process of difficulty so that I might serve you more. Amen.

Action Point

Sit and pray with someone you know who has also gone through difficulty and come through the other side.

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(NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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