I read this a while back but, just read it again. It really sums up what my family has been going through the past few months. Please read it for yourself. Although, you might not be going through a cancer journey with your family member but, it might help you with another trial. :)
A breakthrough requires a trial to break through.
It would be nice to simply wake up one day and suddenly be a mature Christian, but in order to grow up in God, we will have to go through trials. There is no other way to grow strong spiritually than to go through trials.
1 Peter 5:10 says, And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. You may not like trials, but this verse says that when you are going through trials after you have suffered a little while, you will grow to be firmly rooted and grounded (strong, firm and steadfast) in God.
Similarly, James 1:12 says, Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
Here again, you don't get the rewards (the crown of life) until you have persevered under trial and stood the test.
So, learn to be thankful in your trials, because in order to get your breakthrough, you need a trial to break through.
Therefore, don't be discouraged during times of suffering. Know that after you have suffered a little while, God himself will make you strong firm and steadfast.
(Written by Emily)
My family is having to learn to be thankful through this trial with mom and her cancer. Please continue to pray for her. She is doing fine now, but my whole family could use some prayer. It's really been hard this summer as we have had to go through this ontop of this long journey. I remember Daddy saying something to this effect at the first part of this journey "We have to be a team and stick together, we have to go around the field and make it to to all of the bases. Then, at the end of the journey we will have made a homerun." Oh, wanna hear some good news? Mom and Daddy were informed that the radiation bill has been PAID IN FULL!!!!! This bill was definitely the largest bill they've received. Radiation is not cheap. And this is an amazing answer to our prayers! The Lord has truly been good to us. :) Thank you to each of you who have prayed about this with us. Mom posted this verse the other day and it pretty much sums up what's gone on in our lives the past few months: "Now to him who is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work in us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." - Ephesians 3:20-21
Anyway, I better get working on some things around the house now. Hopefully, I can write a few more posts again soon. We have now started back to school and so I don't have as much time to write. I'll talk to you all later! :)