In Times of Hardship

A young girl under an umbrella reaches out to feel the rain on her hand

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.—1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)

It may seem strange to be thankful for sorrow and hardship, but even unavoidable and painful experiences have an upside. Difficult times shine a lens on what is truly important in your life. They are moments of growth that teach valuable life lessons of compassion, faith and understanding. Know that whatever you are going through, Jesus is with you.

Today's Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I am grateful for Your healing presence in my life.
Adapted from 60 Days of Prayer, a new publication from Guideposts