I was reading through my blog on suffering from last week and it was a good reminder that there are good days even in the midst of trial. Days when it's easier to see the bigger picture of suffering and it's effect on spiritual maturity. The past few days have fallen into the "bad day" category and have really drained me physically. When you're in pain, sometimes all you can think about is that pain. But it's true that there are good days and God gives you grace to deal. And the joy of the Lord is our strength when we're willing to let it be our strength. I think that's the hard part. Letting the joy of the Lord overshadow the pain/trial/burden/etc. God is always bigger than our circumstances, especially when we feel particularly smaller.
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