Endure the Trials

Life is full of trials. My life has been marked by health issues. I have walked a 18 year journey of multiple life threatening health issues. But I have endured.

During these trials, I have been helped by the truth that Jesus endured his own suffering and trials. Scripture tells us that great joy gripped Jesus when he looked ahead to what his suffering on the Cross would accomplish. Jesus endured all that suffering knowing he was completing the will of his Father. Jesus endured the suffering on the Cross, knowing the joy his resurrection would bring for generations to come. We are still living in the joy of His resurrection in 2021. And most importantly, Jesus endured the pain of the Cross for the joy of one day being able to present his redeemed sons and daughters before his Father.

The suffering Jesus endured on the Cross was not a joyful experience. As we read in scripture, the pain was excruciating. But Jesus was able to endure. When we walk through the trials of life, we can lean into the promises of Jesus and endure. ~OC

Put The Stones Down

In this day and age, it is very easy to throw stones. All you have to do is scroll through social media for a few minutes and you will see all kinds of stones being thrown.

My prayer is that we will drop the stones from our hands and extend our open hands to those in need. To love on people instead of throwing stones at them. To throw some grace their way instead of stones.

Remember, the only one qualified to throw stones didn’t. Instead He gave His life on the cross for us. ~OC

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