Life ain’t always beautiful
Sometimes it’s just plain hard
But the struggles make you stronger
And the changes make you wise
And happiness has its own way of takin’ it’s sweet time
Life ain’t always beautiful
But it’s a beautiful ride.

Those are the lyrics from Gary Allan’s song, but they are oh so true. Life ain’t always beautiful, but I’m a big believer of everything happening for a reason!

You: “Blah, blah, blah, Bubba, I’ve heard that 10,000 times.”

Me: “I know you have, but it’s true. It really is.”

A friend of mine is going through a really difficult situation right now. You know that old saying about life giving you lemons? Well, he just got a lot of lemons tossed his way, and while he loves the lemonade it made, he’s faced with a tough choice. Should he pour that lemonade down the drain, even if it’s the best lemonade he’s ever had, or add some vodka to it and have a big party?

For all you Christ followers out there, God has a purpose for everything He brings our way, even the things that test our faith. Here’s something I found recently that offers some insight to those very things that test us:

“When testing and trials (AKA lemons) come our way, we should receive them with joy, because we know that it is God who allows them to strengthen our faith. Most comforting of all, we know that God will never allow us to be tested beyond what we are able to handle and in all things will provide a way out of the test (1 Corinthians 10:13). This does not mean He will remove the trial from us. Why would He when He says trials are for our benefit? Rather, the “way out” is the way through the trial, with Him ever faithful by our side, until we come out on the other side of it by His grace and power, stronger and more mature Christians.

When we ask why God tests us, or allow ourselves to be tested, we are admitting that testing does indeed come from Him, as clearly taught in Scripture. When God tests His children, He does a valuable thing. When God tests His children, the purpose is to prove that our faith is real. Not that God needs to prove it to Himself since He knows all things; rather, He is proving to us that our faith is real, that we are truly His children, and that no trial or test will overcome that faith. Testing our faith can be in small things like daily irritations; they may also be severe afflictions (Isaiah 48:10). Whatever the source of the testing from God, it is to our benefit to undergo the trials. Read more.

Obviously, that is just one person’s opinion, but I agree, what about you?

Aunt Bubba

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