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Memory Monday – Week 20

I’m continuing this weeks verse with the theme of hope.

Romans 5:3-5 – Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

If anyone understood what it was like to walk through a trial, it was Paul. Notice in this verse the situation he is referring to and has endured is not what we as Christians refer to as a ‘bad day’. This is much more then you lost your keys or you hurt your toe. Depending on what version you read, Paul is referring to going through a trial/tribulation/suffering. It’s serious. It’s definitely much more then just a bad day, and I’ll go ahead and say our trial compared to what Paul went through is nothing! If Paul can give glory to God despite his struggles, I’m encouraged that so can we.

Let’s think about this on practical terms. How does a runner get faster? How do they gain endurance in order to win races? They have to face difficulty. They spend many hours and days training. They grow weary. They have bad training days. They become fatigued and probably some days get tired of the repetition, but that is how they build endurance in order to win. It’s the same for us and our trials, we build perseverance, character and hope by facing trials – going through them grows us and develops us. I think everyone would agree it is much harder to grow when life is full of rainbows and flowers. 🙂

For us, we have been praising the Lord every day for this trial. We are not rejoicing because pain is fun. It’s not! But, because God is using our trial to develop our character and faith. The only way to grow in our faith and closer to Him is by experiencing this suffering. Toward the end of the verse, Paul tells us that hope never disappoints. God never disappoints. He can’t let us down. He promises that what He intends to do, He will finish. We can be confident of this, because he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6.

Join me in making the most of your trials. Have hope. I know I desire to become a better person. I desire to be gain more perseverance, character, and hope. If going through this trial means I gain those characteristics and give more glory to God by doing so, then I will go ahead and say that it is worth it. I wouldn’t change a thing if I could. In the end, the character traits we build will make us much better parents. I can’t wait to tell each one of our children about this journey and share God’s glory and miracles with them.

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17 Comments
  • Finley
    Posted at 07:22h, 16 September Reply

    Amen!! So well said and I really agree. I am finding faith I never knew I had because I am turning to Him more and more. Its a lovely place to be throughout the trials and tribulations, but knowing that God is there, through the thick and thin, the ups and the downs – definitely makes my heart happy!!! thank you!!!!

  • Lindsey
    Posted at 07:47h, 16 September Reply

    Thank you for the reminder of hope! My journey has shaped me into a stronger person and I know God is at work in me teaching me things I would have never known!

  • Erika B.
    Posted at 08:19h, 16 September Reply

    GOOD STUFF, girl. This is right on with what I’ve been thinking on this weekend…thank you for sharing!!

  • Jessica
    Posted at 08:53h, 16 September Reply

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  • Jessica
    Posted at 08:53h, 16 September Reply

    This was our verse at church yesterday! Awesome reminder.

  • Emily (eatloveprocreate.blogspot.com)
    Posted at 08:55h, 16 September Reply

    Thank you for this! Not sure if your church is doing the Explore God series this month (a bunch of churches in TX are doing it together), but suffering is what the focus is this upcoming week. I am actually really looking forward to it, because I know I need to work on acceptance of suffering more, so thank you for starting off this week with words on that topic!

  • Kasey
    Posted at 11:15h, 16 September Reply

    I often say if its wasn’t for the rain we wouldn’t have the flowers. Its a good reminder to keep the hope and the faith and know that we are being prepared for something so much more.

  • Jojo
    Posted at 18:01h, 16 September Reply

    Beautifully said. I must admit that it’s bc of ur post that I pushed myself to go back to church. This past weekend was my first weekend going back and it felt great! Thank u for helping regain my faith.

  • Melanie
    Posted at 17:23h, 16 September Reply

    I love this verse. I think of it almost every day.

  • Mrs. E
    Posted at 19:43h, 16 September Reply

    “And hope does not disappoint us.” I love this! Thank you, as always, for bringing to light such important verses!

  • Aubrey
    Posted at 19:59h, 16 September Reply

    I really need to work on this- glad you shared!!

  • Amie
    Posted at 11:07h, 17 September Reply

    Amen! I try to look back often and realize that if things had gone according to my plans it would not have been good. It just reminds that me that God’s plan is his way for a reason 🙂

  • Megan Davis
    Posted at 12:14h, 17 September Reply

    LOVE this perspective! God uses the fire to refine. It’s hard, but the end result is worth it. What an amazing reminder to praise God for the struggle and the future story you will have to share with your children!

  • Em
    Posted at 15:24h, 17 September Reply

    I love how matter-of-fact this verse is. There are no maybes in it. We have a guarantee that our suffering matters. It’s worth something. So encouraging.

  • Bridget Meleski
    Posted at 18:16h, 17 September Reply

    I love this! SO true! Thanks for sharing

  • Kim Adams Morgan
    Posted at 08:40h, 20 September Reply

    Very well said, and one of my favorite verses in the bible. Hope never disappoints, and the trials we go through mold us into the people God needs us to be to carry out our purpose. Great post, Caroline. I’m your neighbor on Faithful Friday. Kim

  • torthuil
    Posted at 11:43h, 22 September Reply

    Very true that our trials and struggles oblige us to really think about (and live) the sort of person we want to be, more so than when the path is easy. It all goes back to not just reacting to what happens in our lives, but actually embracing it. It’s tough to do, but at least I can look back on my struggles and know that whatever the outcome was, I was not wasting my time. 🙂

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