When times are tough praise God

I can’t speak for any of you but if your year has been anything like the one my family and I have had then you’ve had a difficult year. During hard times its easy to point a finger at God and feel like you have been abandoned, cursed, that perhaps you did something to deserve “this”, and over all despair. In these times we must remember James 1:12 “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” and then my favorite verse Psalm 62:2 “He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.” Start your new year knowing Isaiah 43:2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”

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