Experiencing Joy in Tough Times

Challenge Day: 28

This chapter beings with the story of Becky, a mother of two little ones, who was suddenly hospitalized with an unknown condition. As time passed she kept getting worse and worse until one day she fell unconscious. She was also loosing blood flow to her fingers and toes. After much time and many tests later, she was diagnosed with flesh eating disease. The family prepared for the worse. Becky's mom began to pray and asked God for His will to be done. With time she began to get better, but due to lack of blood flow she had her fingers partially amputated. Though her daughter now had to learn to live with parts of fingers missing, Becky's mom experienced joy because God had given her daughter a second chance at life.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though it's water roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
Psalm 46:1-3

Joyful experiences through tough times, that's a hard one. Many of us can't find joy in times like these, but God promises that He is there to sustain us and bring joy into our lives. When I have gone through tough times in life, I have felt like I've hit rock bottom and things won't get better. But each and every time God has shown me that He is with me. It's mainly through the little things that I see His power. In one of my most recent tough times, I have been able to get through it and deal with the situation better because I am asking God for His daily help. That is the joy that I have experienced through my tough time. I have seen how much God loves me and wants to take care of me, if I let Him.

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