2 Corinthians 4:8-10 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
I cannot even begin to tell you how we've been tested and pressed this past few weeks -- our faith, our physical stamina, our emotions. We're really being challenged to a higher place and it's not been fun. We've been so very preoccupied with the warfare around us that it was only this morning that I awoke and realized that Riv and I have been married for five years today. What an encouragement! We're getting somewhere! Thank you Lord!
But through it all -- the mountains and the valleys -- one thing always remains the same -- God's faithfulness.
I wish I had said it but it was Kay Arthur. "Nothing happens by happenstance. I am not in the hands of fate, nor am I the victim of man's whims or the devil's ploys. There is One who sits above man, above satan, and above all heavenly hosts as the ultimate authority of all the universe. That One is God my Father!"
Be encouraged! God is with us! He is good! He has not brought us this far to leave us now! There's so much work to be done!