Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

READING


Old Testament: Jeremiah 8:18-9:6
Morning Psalms: Psalms 119:97-120
New Testament: Romans 5:1-11
Gospel: John 8:12-20
Evening Psalms: Psalms 81, 82

DEVOTIONAL


“Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings,
because we know that suffering produces perseverance;

perseverance, character;
and character, hope.”
(Romans 5:3-4)

As one of Christ’s earliest followers, Paul defined a lot of Christianity. Paul’s affirmation that suffering brings hope through the love of God is something that the church taught me early on, but that I didn’t understand until years later.

Shortly after I began to be homeschooled, my mom had a stroke. As you might expect, this made my education a bit more complicated, and life at home drastically changed. But through all of it, she never stopped trying to be the best mother she could be. With all the pressure on her, with the medical bills and the homeschooling and the house and my dad’s busy schedule, she never once gave up.

And she might have had moments when she felt defeated and almost lost hope, but I never saw them. She stayed strong for us. Because of that, we grew stronger as a family, and I grew as a person. I think Paul is right. It might be in the hardest times that we grow the most.
JF (3/6/13)


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