During my teen years, there was often some mini-drama going on.  I would seek comfort and advice from my mom, and one of her sayings was, “Into every life, a little rain must fall.”

Sigh.

It is true.

Now as a Christian, as a grown woman, as a mom, as a physician, the truth of her words hits home more so than it ever did during my teens.

As a physician, I’ve seen patients fight for their lives, just to make it back to normal.

As an adult, I’ve see my own parents age.  And I realize that just when they have the least strength, they need it the most.

As a mom, I know this as much as I know anything:  You’re only as happy as your least happy child.  You feel their struggles and sorrows, but sometimes, somehow more. 

The life we live isn’t easy.  It is a fragile “jar of clay.”

But there’s hope!  And here it is:

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

How about you?  How do you find the treasure in your troubles?

Warmly,

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Dr. Ann is a Christian M.D., wife to her wonderful husband, and mom to a terrific gang of three.  At The Marriage Checklist Ann blogs about marriage, motherhood, and more!  She is syndicated on Crosswalk.com, and has been featured on BlogHer.comMichaelHyatt.comFox news, and Good Morning America.  

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