Preparing in Advance

In visiting Elaine a few days ago, I brought some old family photos of our long since gone relatives. In viewing the pictures, stories of one relative’s personal hardships came to mind. Elaine recounted the story, previously told her by Mother, of our paternal great grandmother that had endured a most difficult illness in her later years. The story brought sadness as we intently gazed at the picture of one, we never knew, who had endured much suffering.

If one lives long enough in this life, he or she encounters difficult journeys along life’s paths. Some people faint in adversity, while others draw faith and courage through their relationship with God. When thinking about our own challenges, a question comes to mind. In hardship will we choose to face our problems fearfully or faithfully? Without a test, one will never know the genuine answer to that question. Only a severe trial reveals that answer.

Getting spiritually shorn up with a bedrock Christ-faith prior to a severe test helps prepare our way. Practicing a strong faith in advance of our walk down a dark night of the soul best insures a walk of courage and hope through adversity. Eternally speaking, this world is not our home. We are just passing through. Eternity is truly in the balance both in our present and future. Are we truly prepared for the journey now and in the future?

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About Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering

Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering shares the true story about a sudden family tragedy. As author of the book to be published in the summer of 2014, the true account tells of my sister being rear ended by a drunk driver. She barely survives the high speed crash being left to live as a quadriplegic. Written from a brother's perspective, the manuscript shares the heartfelt story of ongoing physical and emotional pain experienced by both victim and family. Only through God's grace can a family survive such a tragedy!
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2 Responses to Preparing in Advance

  1. Anonymous says:

    Two mornings ago, I woke up thinking about the great battle in heaven between the angels that ultimately found the loser’s being cast out, and I believe God gave me a revelation.
    God allowed the battle to take place. He could have with one thought or word ended the bad feelings and with that no war.
    He allowed it to happen…he wanted them (the one’s with the bad feelings) to change their minds and come back to Him. The freedom of choice is required if you want true love.
    Hardships, adversity, cruelty, pain experienced, or even witnessed can change one’s mind towards the direction one is going.
    For those of us that have made up our minds that nothing will separate us from the Love of God, we just have to stand and keep standing for some things must be.
    For a more positive note, look around and pay attention, there is someone close by that God is trying to reach; you may be the one that God will use to bring that child back home.
    What do you think about that?

    T.F.

    • You made some good points. God indeed grants free will. The angels had a choice, and God loves His creation in granting free will. Hardships will either drive us away from God or intimately into His arms. The choice is ours. Nothing can separate us from God’s love. He certainly can reveal Himself by using our personal adversities to speak both into our lives and into the lives of others. Thanks for commenting, brother!

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