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“Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us.” Ecclesiastes 7:3 I know, this really isn’t a scripture that sounds encouraging but it holds a powerful lesson. Think back over your life and remember all the moments that truly defined and shaped you as a person. Chances are most of them may be trials you had to face, storms you had to weather and battles that needed to be fought. No one enjoys the valleys of life, I know I certainly don’t, but I do know that dark seasons are often the times that God speaks…

“As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.” (Proverbs 27:19, ESV) If you have ever gone on a job interview, you probably did your best to make a good first impression. Hopefully, you dressed neatly, combed your hair, and had good hygiene. (And turned your cell phone off!) Although an interview is only the first step of the process leading to a job, we understand that the prospective employer seeks confirmation you will make a good employee. Samuel, the Old Testament prophet and judge, was on a mission for the Lord—to anoint a new…

We all have them.  Some more than others.  James tells us to count them all joy (1:2), but it’s easier said than done. The book of Job offers wisdom for trusting God in times of distress.  When Job emerged from his test of faith, he told God, “I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes” (Job 42:5 NLT).  Job’s trouble transformed his knowledge of God from “crumbs of rumors” (42:5 MSG) to feasts of faith.  Here are three reminders to help us grow spiritually during trial seasons: 1. God’s plan is…