It’s already the middle of August, and I can NOT believe how quickly time has been flying by! Pretty soon, it will be September, and everyone knows that the “-ber” months whiz by fast, often in a frenzied flurry in preparation for Christmas! (I know you know what I mean! 😉 )
Our family experienced “mini-trials” — one after the other — starting the last week of July. If you get my updates via my Facebook page (and, recently, on Instagram!), you’d already know what I am talking about: Our kids got sick, one after another — when one child would be almost 100% OK, another one would fall ill. 🙁
It was NOT a fun experience at all, but I still praise God that they bounced back quickly after starting medication, and that Anthony and I had the strength to take care of them. That’s why I call what we went through “mini-trials” — I know there are people who are going through even bigger challenges as I write this.
I know that there are parents who have kids with incurable diseases; whose kids are missing; whose kids are victims of horrible, unspeakable crimes against humanity (like the Yazidi girls who are taken into captivity by ISIS to become sex slaves); whose kids go hungry every day; whose kids get sick but they cannot afford to give them proper medical care; and so on and so forth.
Our trials can seem petty when we think of the larger picture actually. But when they are there, right in front of us, “mocking” us, sapping us of our strength, threatening to overcome us, we often forget that there is Someone who holds us in the palm of His hands.
Someone who understands our pain and struggles — even if we do not and cannot understand them ourselves.
Someone who can give us rest, and who embraces us as we are.
Someone who can help us turn our trials into treasures.
You know who that Someone is, right? If you don’t yet, He’s waiting for you to say, “Hi… can You please help me?”
And just to give you a different perspective on the trials and challenges we face every day, here’s the latest episode of “The Truly Rich Mom Show:” Your Trials Can Become Your Treasures. I pray that you will be blessed, inspired, encouraged, and uplifted by it somehow:
Let’s always remember that no matter what our circumstances, God can make all things new (Revelation 21:5). He can turn a harmful experience into something good, like He did with Joseph the Dreamer (Genesis 50:20).
Sometimes, He allows us to go through trials to strengthen our faith.
Sometimes, His reasons may not be clear to us, but we just need to trust Him, and continue praising Him “in the storm.”
So I invite you today, friends, to join me in thanking and praising our God, our King, our Savior, our Healer, our Protector, our Provider, our Greatest Lover, our Faithful Friend. Let’s offer our trials to Him, and ask Him to help turn them into treasures — for our good and for His greater glory! Let’s also pray for others, who are going through trials — especially really challenging, life-threatening, seemingly impossible-to-overcome trials — they need all our prayers!
And if you’re going through trials right now, I want you to know that I’m praying for you. (Thanks, by the way, for praying for me and my family!) If you want to share your burdens with me and ask for prayers, please feel free to leave a comment or get in touch with me privately. Oh, and if you think this post will bless someone somehow, please do feel free to share it! 🙂