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A Devotional by Karen Woodard

They preached the gospel in that metropolis and gained a big quantity of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and inspiring them to stay true to the religion. “We should undergo many hardships to enter the dominion of God,” they mentioned. Acts 14:21-22

The mountain climbing boots have been model new, a present from a number of girlfriends who knew concerning the honeymoon that had been deliberate. The time got here to place them on, in anticipation of our first hike as a married couple.

As we expectantly headed in direction of the summit, blisters started to kind on my toes. The hike was laborious. Rain clouds started to collect, and by the point we neared the highest, it was apparent that we’d be drenched by a downpour on our approach down. Our plan to remain in a tent that night time was additionally a “no go” as a result of campsites have been flooded. The one excellent news was that my husband had packed rain ponchos which we wore on our descent, and we have been capable of finding a lodge the place we might get heat and dry that night time!

What number of occasions has a day began out so splendidly, solely to be “dampened” by circumstances past our management?

Blisters, tiredness, and a storm saved me from reaching the summit that day and surveying the view, however I realized priceless classes from that hike (like breaking in boots and conditioning myself forward of time, and accepting rain and dirt as a actuality of life!). Later in our marriage, a week-long hike alongside the West Coast Path (5 days of rain!) proved to be equally difficult, however I used to be extra ready for a way laborious it will be!

The Christian life is sort of a life-long hike! And we shouldn’t be shocked by difficulties, however as an alternative study to embrace hardship as a buddy all through life’s journey to heaven.

Father God, we’re your youngsters, and we don’t know what lies forward of us, however we all know that you just journey with us! Please assist us to see our day by day hardships as an vital a part of the journey! Amen.

In the present day confess your disappointments to God. Ask him that can assist you settle for them and study from them, permitting him to develop a extra ready and optimistic spirit in you.

By Karen Woodard
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