rejoice for trials?


We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.” Romans 5:3

Where was this verse yesterday when I needed it most?  Actually, had I read this verse yesterday I would have said …..”it’s fine!  I don’t need endurance!!” 

And then you go to bed, let it all roll off and you wake up to a new day.  What a gift that is, isn’t it?  Things most always look better in the morning.  The stresses of yesterday are just that.  And we begin NEW, REFRESHED, and hopefully with more ENDURANCE. 

Yesterday at the hospital it felt like problems and trials were popping up everywhere.  It was all we could do to keep our heads above water.  It was one of those days where I felt like I was not the best nurse I could be.  When dealing with technicalities of paperwork and circumstances out of our control, I know that all of the staff were facing those challenges yesterday right along with me.  And the one thing I hold onto after each time I work, is that in the end, when everything feels like it is going wrong—when you’re left with a healthy mom and a healthy baby?  You’ve done your job.  That is the beautiful thing about labor and delivery.  For the most part, it is a place of complete JOY.  Babies have a way of doing that, don’t they?  I can be running with my head cut off, and each and every time the world slows down and stops, if only for a brief moment, when a baby is born.  Beautiful. 

As we are celebrating the Advent season and preparing for our Christmas program, this verse above is just so significant to me.  I love how God has that way of weaving himself and the story into our every day lives always.  It proves to me once again that God is the same yesterday, today and will be the same tomorrow.  As Isaiah prophesized that a baby would be born that would save the world—that the world would stop if only for a minute to glorify and praise His name as a baby was born.  There were many, many trials and problems leading up to the gift of Jesus.  The hope and promise of his saving grace–we hold on to.  I think it is just so unbelievable that Jesus came in the form of a baby.  Wow.

Well, I have promised more Christmas Blessings deals for you this week–so here you go for Wednesday!

Happy Birthday to the King collection sets were on sale just a couple of weeks ago.  And we sold out FAST!!  Luckily for you, I bought some extra.  And I would love to get them to you for your last minute Christmas shopping or just for you to keep for yourself!  Sometimes missing out on the deal the first time can lead you to an even better deal!  I have 2 sets and am selling them for $29 —no tax and no shipping.


See the picture above.  The set contains a platter, 4 oval plates, 2 mugs, and 3 ornaments.  It really is an awesome deal.  Most people who have bought this have separated the pieces out into 10 gifts. Which makes each piece $2.90!!

Happy Birthday to the King!  Yes!  I’ve got them right here bagged up and ready to be delivered.  Leave a comment here, on facebook or shoot me an email.

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