It hit me the other day that our oldest grandson will turn 18 in January. This Christmas may be the last as we know it. Needless to say, I shed a few tears at the thought. It’s hard enough to watch the little ones grow up, much less become an adult and launch out into “adulthood.” We pray we equipped them with all the “gifts” they will need to take on the world. Most of all, we pray they will choose to follow Jesus and continue in a close relationship with Him, THAT is the best gift we can give them.

Grandchildren are such a gift and I am so proud of ours. In turn, I am proud of my daughters and son-in-law for raising such good kids. It’s a huge task that God has entrusted us with in the gift of a newborn child. It can seem overwhelming at times. Things don’t always go as we planned. Things happen. Things that we don’t always understand. Things that have a huge effect on our lives like divorce, sickness, financial impacts, death, or as we have experienced this year – disease.

It is so important to remember that we are not alone in this. God has given us the wonderful gift of His son and of the Holy Spirit. We can trust Him to guide us through whatever the world throws at us. We can choose to become bitter, or better. We can allow those things to crush us or make us stronger. We can choose to fret and worry, or to leave those things at the foot of the cross and find His peace.

Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

Trials give us a greater reward in Heaven. 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.

John 16:33 33″I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Change is not always easy. I’m sure you have all heard the story of the butterfly. When it’s time for the butterfly to leave the cocoon, a great struggle happens. The butterfly could choose to remain in the cocoon, but it would soon die. Someone could rescue the butterfly from the cocoon, but it also may result in death. The butterfly must push its way through the tiny opening to force the fluid from its body and wings. Only by struggling through the opening, can the butterfly’s wings be ready for flight once it emerges from the cocoon. Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life and even though we may not understand it, God will help us through it.

For now, we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12

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