From Kelly: This is a guest post by Hope Wilbanks. I met Hope on twitter, and she is truly a joy to know. I hope you will be just as encouraged by her as I have.
That was the balance in our checking account.
I crumbled into a pile of sobs and tears.
It seemed like no matter how hard my husband worked, or how tight we buckled our purse strings, there just wasn’t enough money to make ends meet every month.
I watched my husband work long hours in a factory. Sweat over the wood he crafted. Trying just to break even.
Every time we thought we might get ahead on bills, another setback pushed our finances to the limit again. God, will this never end?
It didn’t seem fair. My husband worked so hard to provide for our little family. But it was never enough.
I always asked God, “Why?” Always got mad. Blamed God for our money problems. Blamed Him for our lack.
Quite a few more years of living in this financial anxiety eventually taught me the God-lesson I was meant to learn from the very beginning.
My problem was the perfect opportunity for Him to develop endurance in me.
If it weren’t for those years in a financial wilderness, I wouldn’t have the mental strength I know I possess today. If not for the times we barely had enough money to buy diapers and a few groceries, I wouldn’t have a giving heart.
In that problem, I learned what it means to hold on and stay strong, even when all seems hopeless. I learned how to live on a little, and appreciate the little I did have.
I learned in the worst of times to dig in my heels and not let go.
If you’re struggling with your own problem right now, you may be circling the same mountain. Take comfort in Romans 5:3, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.”
Your problems are meant for your good. They aren’t meant to break your spirit, but to shape you into a stronger, more persistent person.
It isn’t an easy task to be happy about a problem. Especially if it’s one you’ve dealt with for some time. But God loves you and only wants the best for you. This pain you feel won’t last forever. It’s just a growing pain that will pass once you learn to endure.Photo credit: breahn (Creative Commons)
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