I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
- John 16:33
I write this not on the shores of safety or even after the storm, but in the middle of torrent rain in a storm that rages. Those trials Jesus promises us, I am experiencing. Those sorrows He boldly says will come, I'm feeling. At one point or another in your life YOU too have tasted the rotten taste of trials and sorrows & yet Jesus says to take heart. Reading this scripture in and of itself one is like "oh cool yea take heart simple", reading this scripture in the midst of the storm sounds more like "what the *bleep* how am I suppose to do that?!?". It's amazing how scriptures sound so easy and simple enough until it's time for you to live them out in the midst of trials and sorrows. Here's the thing Jesus has never told us to do something He didn't do himself while on this earth. Jesus experienced various trials with the pharisees. Let's remember Jesus was fully human and fully God He experienced all of the feelings we experience. Jesus felt sorrow, remember when John the baptist died. Don't forget how Jesus wept when Lazarus died. Trials and sorrows, Jesus knows full well.
That's not all! Jesus tells us to take heart because He has overcome the world!! Have you ever hung out with a very important person? Maybe they took you to an event and got you in for free somewhere. Everything they got you got. Everywhere they went you went. You got the same first class treatment and perks simply because you were with them. Jesus is with you so because He overcomes the world SO DO YOU, SO DO WE! It doesn't matter what you are going through right now simply because you attach yourself to Jesus Christ you overcome even when your circumstances scream otherwise!
For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
- 2 Corinthians 4:17
Beloved, my prayer for you is that you trust in, rely on and set your gaze upon Jesus in every season of life. I pray that you will pray when its hardest and you will trust when you have no strength. Princess, take heart you overcome because He has.
Your sister Chantal
Homemade yogurt parfait (including homemade granola) recipe to come soon!!