Testing & Growth: Where Is Your Hope?

For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.
James 1:3

Wow. This season is all about growth…through endurance.
Wait… that’s my year. It’s to find joy in the growth…joy in enduring.
yup. See verse 2, Dear brothers and sisters,a when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.
That’s 2017 for me. And some others that I have personally spoken with.

What reward must be ahead for those of us who God has His hand upon, and is pushing us on … growing pains?

There must be a great reward …¬†Hope!

And yet, when we endure God sometimes hides the hope (or that’s what I’m going to call it here). Sometimes things are hopeful, and sometimes they look hopeless.
I believe it is most difficult to endure when you have no hope… or when God takes the hope of other things out of your life so that you can only have hope in Him.

Stretching .. pulling ..¬†healing … hurting. Uncomfortability. Yet,
HOPE in Him!

My prayer is for those of us who are learning and growing, that we would learn completely. That there would be no holes to come back to later, but rather that there would be wholeness found in the healing of our perspectives. May the perspective we acquire be aligned with God’s desired outcome.

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