A Thought on Philippians 4 and 1 Peter 5

It’s still hard to believe how the unexpected near death of my daughter Kierstin when she was born, affected our lives for the better. I moved from being a negative, if it can go wrong it will go wrong, anxious person, to a person grounded in the Word of God and the God of the Word. Because of this trial the Lord has enabled me to minister to a diverse group of people.

That didn’t make it easy to go through; and we are still going through it 19 years later, but the fact is, that sometimes, God needs to bring us through trials to bring us to the place where we become more like him. This trial taught me how to apply God’s Word to my life. It showed me the power of God’s Word when it is unleashed into the life and heart of His child.

In 1 Peter 5:10-11 we are shown these truths “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect (complete, mature), establish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”

Are you suffering? Take heart! Are you confused? Go to God in prayer! Are you frightened? Trust God! Probably the greatest lesson that I and my family have learned through Kierstin’s near death and subsequent disability is that God IS good. Ultimately that is the question each of us must face… do we trust God? Do we believe that He is GOOD no matter how confusing life may become? I have learned that he is, that he can be trusted. I hope you will to.

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