Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness (James 1:2–3).

Problems, trials, troubles, and the testing of our faith can either strengthen us or break us. As much as I want to seek Him with all my heart, I stumble and fall short — every day! When we read God’s Word, we are reminded that He wants us to keep seeking Him even when our challenges and the world pull us away. He does not expect perfection from us, but He does want us to keep seeking Him in Word and in prayer. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). What a wonderful reminder that all things work together for good!

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Karla Koehler




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