No Pain, No Gain.

Just a quick post this morning.

Have you ever gone through a situation that was painful, shameful, horror-filled even? And were later able to Thank God for it? Even if it was years later?

God reminded me this morning that things I experienced, lived through, survived were allowed by Him. Not because He wanted me to be in pain, to carry guilt, to suffer. But to use those experiences to bring me closer to Him, in every way.

And, just as importantly, so that I would be able to help our children in ways I never would have been able to recognize if I hadn’t been there…done that.

I thanked Him this morning for the pain. The guilt and shame I carried with me for years. The horror I still, in the darkness of the night, see and feel…

but now I know that He is there
to shield me
shelter me
save me

Thank You, Father.

For every single piece of it.

2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops patience, endurance. James 1:2-3.