Distress Tempered With Joy

Lord, I bless thee for tempering every distress with joy; too much of the former might weigh me down, too much of the latter might puff me up; Thou art wise to give me a taste of both. ~Valley of Vision~

This is  a quote that I included in our Christmas newsletter this year.  It might give a hint as to what our last year has been like.  If our family was ever to take one of those stress tests we would in most years score in the dangerous zone.  This year even more so!  There have been so many trials,  discouragements and set backs.  Most that people do not even know about because we don’t tend to publicize them.  And sadly, most don’t care to really hear when others are struggling, it is just too uncomfortable….for them!

This last year however, has also been a year of such amazing blessings to our family!  Abundant blessings!  We tend to share those more.  People usually like hearing about those things unless they are individuals prone to jealousy rather than rejoicing with others.   This mostly one sided sharing and one sided interest gives people the wrong impression of what our life is really like.

I am so very thankful for the few who are willing to struggle with us through the hard times as well as rejoicing in the good.

One thing that I have known for  long time but has been made so very clear this past year is summed up in that quote above.  And every cloud does have a silver lining for those who are willing to look.  For each trial there is a lesson to learn, even if the lesson may not be for ourselves.  Others can learn much just by watching someone else deal with a struggle.  Each trial brings opportunities for growth in our personal lives as well as in the lives of those we touch.  Not only are individual trials tempered with that silver lining but they can also be tempered with other unrelated blessings.  God is so good to us in that manner.

Remember that God is indeed good.  He does temper the distresses with joy.  That is something to be ever thankful for!  The Lord is gracious!

I could share many examples.  I would rather hear from you.  Can you share an instance of distress tempered with joy??


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