I was blessed by this verse as I was reading last night..."For it has been given to you on Christ's behalf not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for Him." Philippians 1:29
As I was reading this, I thought of how this life really isn't ours to live, it's His, Christ Jesus, who should be glorified through everything. So as He died on the cross for us out of love, we should also be willing to face any of life's greatest challenges. In the end, it will be worth it! I promise!"As I labor for this, striving with His strength that works powerfully in me." Colossions 1:29
A really sweet friend that God has recently placed in my life shared this ginormously wonderful reminder with me this morning: I Peter 1:3-9
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
---I pray this prayer for each one of you reading this and also struggling in your own ways. Life can be so hard, but always keep the genuine faith-worth more than gold-& the greatest reward will be revealed to you...a life with Jesus Christ!