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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…

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. (II Corinthians 4:7-9, NKJV) When the twelve disciples answered Jesus’ invitation to “follow me,” none really understood the drastic changes that would come into their lives by that action. Yes, becoming a part of the ministry of Jesus was an unbelievable experience—the miracles, the multitudes, the powerful teachings of the Lord. But they also…

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105 In the last few weeks, God has allowed our path of life to slow down.  We may feel like we are walking in the shadows, uncertain of what lies ahead for us. We often quote this verse from Psalms, and now we are being tested as to whether we really believe it or not.  But the Word of God has not changed, and if we take time to read it and meditate upon it, the Lord will enlighten it to us and give…