There are times in life, when no matter how many times you get back up, something knocks you back down again. Going through these times is really trying on faith. Not because we don't believe, but because when you're living "right" -- we want to believe we'll be rewarded.
That is not always the case. It's not Biblical either, but we know our God is just, and sometimes, life is anything but fair. I've noticed Christians who feel oblivious to the kind of pain others suffer, as though it's some fault of their own. Trust me, if there was anyway they could fix their luck, they WOULD.
Sometimes, God has us go through trying times that feel deathly harsh, as though we'll never come out of the darkness. These are the times, we have to force ourselves to find the joy and the beauty around us because life feels empty. During those times, when you want to ask God why?
, what makes you joyful?
As we've watched one of our own suffer, I honestly can't believe how she worries for others. How her eyes are never on herself. And that's one of my joy inspirations. I can be stronger because she is stronger.
My daughter, who didn't walk or talk until much later. Whose had to overcome so much in her short life, I thought she'd never be here -- on her way to Jr. High School. What she's overcome makes me want to weep with joy. How about you?