I want to share this with others as an encouragement and witness to my faith...

The past couple months have been very difficult for me because of various trials - physical, emotional, and spiritual. The days I go without praying, reading my bible, or seeking encouragement from the Christians in my life are the days I'm engulfed in anxiety, depression, loneliness, and guilt. I feel like a ship being thrown around in the ocean by a storm.

You may be surprised to hear this, but the days I do spend praying, reading my bible, and seeking encouragement from Christian friends are days that I STILL hurt. The difference is that instead of a ship being tossed in the ocean, I feel like a blade being sharpened and refined in a fire. I endure the trials by clinging to God, my Rock, and I trust that He is perfecting me in my faith.

"Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him." (James 1:12, NIV)

God is good, even when we don't feel good.