sufferingWe are entering tornado season in the Midwest and many lives have been completely changed in just a few moments. In other parts of the country, people are facing mudslides and quickly spreading wildfires. Our world has experienced tragedy beyond any human being’s control causing many to be displaced or having to start over with their lives.

We sometimes wonder why a loving God would cause such devastation -why He would He allow His children to go through so much suffering. These events could turn us away from God if our focus is inward. When we allow our own personal needs to get in the way, we often miss the lessons to be learned through suffering.

God always provides a way out for us. Our faith is being strengthened along with a closer relationship with the Creator of the Universe. Going through difficulty is not just reserved for the bad guys of this world. The Bible is filled with examples of God fearing men who experienced sadness, failure, fear, desolation, hopelessness.

God uses these situations to build us up so that we can help someone else down the road through our experience. Christians are not immune to suffering, but we do have the advantage of knowing that our pain won’t last forever – what we learn through it can benefit others – we have an advocate who is interceding for us.

Thank you, dear lord, for your constant presence in my life. You are my comfort, my strength and my peace. Through you I can endure all things.

1 Peter 5:10 “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”



As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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  1. Great post. So far tornadoes have been few around here. Have a great day my friend😄😄


    • atimetoshare says:

      We have been fairly clear of them here as well, but lives can change so drastically in just a blink of an eye. God’s hand is powerful! You have a good day too!


  2. Thank you for sharing this! It’s an encouragement to me…that our lives are not our own.
    After all Joseph suffered at the hand of those close to him, … his older brothers, the ones he should have been able to look up to and be protected by…
    Sold into slavery, falsely accused, thrown into prison, forgotten,
    After all he had suffered said this to his brothers
    7″God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. 8″Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt.”
    and Job through all his suffering…who said “Though you slay me, I will yet praise you.”
    It is so important to keep our gaze on our Powerful God…to daily remind ourselves that this is NOT our home.. Heb 11:16 But the truth is that they were yearning for and aspiring to a better and more desirable country, that is, a heavenly [one]. For that reason God is not ashamed to be called their God [even to be surnamed their God—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob], for He has prepared a city for them…
    32 And what shall I say further? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets,
    33 Who by [the help of] faith subdued kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promised blessings, closed the mouths of lions,
    34 Extinguished the power of raging fire, escaped the devourings of the sword, out of frailty and weakness won strength and became stalwart, even mighty and resistless in battle, routing alien hosts.
    35 [Some] women received again their dead by a resurrection. Others were tortured [g]to death with clubs, refusing to accept release [offered on the terms of denying their faith], so that they might be resurrected to a better life.
    36 Others had to suffer the trial of mocking and scourging and even chains and imprisonment.
    37 They were stoned to death; they were lured with tempting offers [to renounce their faith]; they were sawn asunder; they were slaughtered by the sword; [while they were alive] they had to go about wrapped in the skins of sheep and goats, utterly destitute, oppressed, cruelly treated—
    38 [Men] of whom the world was not worthy—roaming over the desolate places and the mountains, and [living] in caves and caverns and holes of the earth.
    39 And all of these, though they won divine approval by [means of] their faith, did not receive the fulfillment of what was promised,
    40 Because God had us in mind and had something better and greater in view for us, so that they [these heroes and heroines of faith] should not come to perfection apart from us [before we could join them].


    • atimetoshare says:

      Thank you for your wonderful comments. I feel blessed to have gone through 72 years of joy, sadness, fear and sorrow, pain, loss, failure and bouncing back again. Our God is an awesome God. He knows just what we need and when we need it.


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