Dear brothers & sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
Dang, that's hard. And I am no good at it whatsoever.
Our 13 month adoption journey has left scars from repeated delays, not being matched with certain kids, gross repetitive errors in our home study, and unrealistic promises. So many times Satan tempted us to give up. Even now when we are closer than we have ever been, it is excruciating to try to have joy at the "chance to grow."
Hope, however, would not curl up and be still.
Doughty, Becky (2011-07-01). Life Letters: The Fruit of the Spirit (Kindle Location 285). BraveHearts Press. Kindle Edition.
I can look back and see God's hand moving through it all; His provision in things we never would have imagined.
We have finally pushed our way to the edge of the crowd. We are waiting to stretch our arms out and declare, "We have brushed the hem of His robe with our fingertips."
Doughty, Becky (2011-07-01). Life Letters: The Fruit of the Spirit (Kindle Location 300). BraveHearts Press. Kindle Edition.
When the burden of the wait is finally over, I have no doubt that joy will make us free!
I was free to hope. I was free to love. I was free to live.
Doughty, Becky (2011-07-01). Life Letters: The Fruit of the Spirit (Kindle Location 328). BraveHearts Press. Kindle Edition.
Psalm 30:4-5 (NLT)
For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning!