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Out of Difficulties Grow Miracles

An encouraging quote dedicated to my dear friend Janelle, whose father was just diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, approximately one year after recovering from a stroke. Only three months prior, her mother battled breast cancer and had to endure a double mastectomy. She’s cared for both parents during their their times of illness, nurturing them back to health.  She did this while making frequent trips from another state, and while battling her own invisible chronic illness.  Although she’s an incredibly strong person, being a caregiver is no easy feat and in fact, can be quite emotionally and mentally draining at times. Janelle has a wonderful support system made up of many great friends and I’m honored to be one of them, but it does not diminish the difficulties surrounding these circumstances.  My heart goes out to her knowing the details of what she’s endured over the last several months and what she and her family will possibly face during her father’s decline with AD.  It also makes me think of others who might also have to cope with very similar challenges, or other difficulties.  Often when we are suffering emotionally or even physically, we can go to that place where we feel that we simply can not take one more awful thing, then something wonderful emerges that makes it all just a bit more bearable. We all face difficulties in life and when we do, we not only need to know that we are loved dearly, but that we aren’t alone. This is a message that we can reinforce with a little positive encouragement, remember all suffering  is temporary and “Out of difficulties grow miracles.” ~Jean de la Bruyere~

Biblical version of the above quote: 1 Peter 5:10 NIV: ‘And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast’ 1 Peter 5:10 NWTOTHS: ‘But, after you have suffered a little while, the God of all undeserved kindness, who called you to his everlasting glory in union with Christ, will himself finish your training, he will make you firm, he will make you strong.’

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