Memory Monday – Week 60

There are so many people suffering right now, it’s evident when you turn on the news. Christians are getting persecuted. Planes are getting shot down. Family members are passing away. Suffering is all around us.

Our trial is nothing compared to what most people are going through. I fully realize that and although yes, I do consider infertility and loss of a loved one a trial, I will also so I recognize how blessed we are. We have had a very hard year, but that doesn’t take away from all the blessings we do have.

In 1 Peter 5, Peter addresses Christians in the midst of suffering. Peter reminded the Christians that they would be restored, made strong, firm, and steadfast after suffering for a little while. God, who shows you his kindness and who has called you through Christ Jesus to his eternal glory, will restore you, strengthen you, make you strong, and support you as you suffer for a little while. 1 Peter 5:10 For some, this was specific to a trial they were going through, for others, it ultimately meant that they would be released from their suffering through death, much like Kai was.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we weren’t called to suffer at all? This verse says, we are called. Called. Not called to waste our time or to make us miserable and bitter. But, there is so much purpose in the calling. It strengthens, restores, refines, and supports us.

Know that there is an end to whatever you are facing today. Whether it’s something absolutely heartbreaking, like the death of a loved one, or a trial like a financial crisis, Jesus is going to restore your situation. Praise Him for the great work He is doing in you while suffering, one day you will look back and realize how you were conformed to His image because of your trial.

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15 Comments
  • Rebecca
    Posted at 07:41h, 11 August Reply

    Amen friend!!! There are so many blessings to be found despite suffering. Thank you for reminding me of this this morning!! YOU are one of those blessings!!!!!
    🙂 Rebecca

  • Sheryl
    Posted at 08:00h, 11 August Reply

    It is always wonderful to be reminded that the storm does end. Being able to acknowledge my blessings in the midst of my struggles over the years has sustained me and helped me to make it through.

  • Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
    Posted at 08:40h, 11 August Reply

    I’ve never really thought of suffering in this perspective before. How enlightening!

    Thank you for this beautiful reminder that above all, we are not alone.

    Thanks for sharing Caroline. Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

  • Kate
    Posted at 09:47h, 11 August Reply

    What a great perspective! Thank you for sharing!

  • Bind My Wandering Heart
    Posted at 10:57h, 11 August Reply

    Thank you for all your lovely encouragement! Our pastor actually spoke on this passage on Sunday, so that must be a message for me.

    I think you must have been nominated already, but I have nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I love reading your blog, you are such a light for God! 🙂

  • Gen Delali
    Posted at 11:38h, 11 August Reply

    thank you for this encouragement, Caroline! restoration is not far off!

  • Elena
    Posted at 12:38h, 11 August Reply

    Every couple months I always do a blog post about counting my blessings because it’s hard in the midst of infertility to sometimes remember all that we do have! And sometimes we forget that there are many more people out there with struggles and suffering that we know nothing about. Great reminder and post!

  • Evangeline
    Posted at 12:50h, 11 August Reply

    I’m so glad I can count on Him to restore me and make me strong in Him! Thanks for sharing this passage.

  • Kelli {A Deeper Joy}
    Posted at 15:28h, 11 August Reply

    I was thinking about this very thing this morning. I know my trials are nothing compared to everything that’s going on in the world but the Lord still cares about me and my trials. Then a song came on about appreciating the little things. I need to do exactly that. I need to be grateful for what I do have and give my anxieties to Him.

  • Mindy Robinson
    Posted at 19:09h, 11 August Reply

    A good reminder that YES there is an end to suffering! Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Ursula
    Posted at 20:23h, 11 August Reply

    So true. We need the tough times to appreciate when we are in the good times

  • Tiffany @ A Touch of Grace
    Posted at 17:42h, 12 August Reply

    Wow. What a great reminder of His power. Thanks Caroline. You always have impeccable timing with these posts. 🙂

  • jennifer prod
    Posted at 22:06h, 12 August Reply

    oh sweet caroline, another lovely post. i read something similar today that might resonate with you: “God’s primary goal is not changing our situations or relationships so that we can be happy, but changing us through our situations and relationships so that we will be holy.” (Paul David Tripp)

  • Finley
    Posted at 05:57h, 14 August Reply

    Praise be to God! There is always a light at the end of everyones tunnel – that light is Jesus! Thanks Caroline!! Timely post!

  • Anne Marie
    Posted at 20:19h, 14 August Reply

    What a great perspective!

    Thank you for sharing on the #SHINEbloghop

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