I have some exciting news to share! I'm pregnant! Isn't it wonderful? God has allowed me to bear life, once again. What a blessing it will be to welcome our third child into our family next April.
I'll be honest with you though. The pregnancy hasn't been easy. Actually, it's been very tough. While my heart is overjoyed with excitement, I'm also struggling through very difficult days. I'm not exaggerating either. Like most pregnant women, I'm surviving the grueling days of morning sickness. Actually, my sickness is more of an all day event. It hits me when I wake up in the morning, and lingers throughout the day. I struggle to complete the simplest of tasks, and it's all because of the nausea. Thankfully, my husband is quite a good cook, and my four-year-old is learning how to change diapers. So, when I say the sickness has consumed me, believe me. It has consumed all of my household as well.
Despite these grueling days, I can confidently say God's presence is constant. He's with me in every moment, and only he fully understands my suffering. He's strong enough to hold me in my weakness, and loving enough to hear my complaints. Though he can take the suffering away any moment, he's chosen for me to endure. Time and time again, as I've voiced my complaints and desires, he patiently responds to me:
"Praise me in your suffering."
"Find my joy in your suffering."
He comforts me, in moments at a time, and for those moments, I am thankful. He's meticulously forming a little life inside of me, and for his work, I praise him. He's drawing me close to him as I cling to his promises. It's hard though, and I'm sure you can relate. Suffering is not something we want in our lives. It can consume us in the moment because it may be the one thing we are constantly faced with. It goes against our nature to praise God in the midst of it, but praising him is clearly what he desires.
If you are suffering right along with me in another area of life, discover the truths God wants you to know. His Word is full of good promises. If you are not in the midst of a challenge right now, praise God! I still encourage you to study along this week, so you can be equipped with God's truths for when your struggles come. Click here for the reading guide. Let's take a look at Monday's verse.
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
As you read these verses, consider these questions:
What are three things these verses say to do and why?
As a Christian, how is it possible to be joyful in the midst of suffering?
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