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  • Writer's pictureGracie Berney

Hardships and Blessings

Updated: Feb 20, 2023

The hardships we face are sometimes meant to become blessings in disguise.

Hi friend, welcome back to the blog.


This weekend, my husband and I celebrated 6 years of being married together. It’s feels surreal saying that. As we were reminiscing about that day, it was even crazier to see how much time flies.


Marriage isn’t always the easiest partnership in the world, but a godly marriage is a beautiful blessing.


When we started dating/ courting over 7 years ago, it was evident that we both just wanted to please God. And inspite of all that we’ve been through, I’m thankful that we’re still trying to please Christ.


However, in-spite of our desire to always honor God in our relationship; that hasn’t excluded us from facing some hardships in our marriage.


In fact, just a couple years ago Ryan and I were at such a difficult place we had to go to couples therapy. God used that time to teach us a lot about Him and ourselves. And for the record, He’s still teaching us a lot.


Let me quickly insert this: counseling/therapy is not just for when things are aren’t going well; sometimes it’s necessary even when things are going well. The Lord can use it to help you prepare for an upcoming difficult phase of life or to get over past difficulties in your life.


Back to post, I want to state that today, I’m grateful that marriage isn’t only full of hardships, but that sometimes these hard times can turn into real blessings.


To my single friends reading this. Marriage isn’t the only thing with hardships that can become blessings. Life is full of hardships and blessings; and as you know, you don’t have to be married to encounter either. Just breathing and living will bring both.


You see, all of us regardless of our marital status will experience difficulties in this life. However the comfort to my previous statement is that sometimes, in the midst of the difficulty is a blessing.


Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11, one of my favorite verse states: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”‭‭‬ ‭[ESV‬‬]


The KJV version puts it this way: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”


Friend, the hope we have is that God has great plans for us. I feel like I’ve shared this verse so many times but the reason why I do is because I believe it. And I’ve held on to those words in the good times and bad times of my life and in my marriage.


Conclusion

I don’t know what you’re worried or concerned about today. And maybe you’re not; but let me encourage you either way of the truth that God always has a plan and it’s for your good.


Part of the reason I started writing these posts was because of some hardships I was facing. I’m the middle of my pain, God placed the desire to start a blog that would inspire others. Which is why most (if not all) of the posts on this site have a positive direction. Who would’ve thunk? Lol


So friend, to reiterate, please know that the hardships we face are sometimes meant to become blessings in disguise. They teach us valuable lessons and almost always draws us to our knees like nothing else can and inspire others like only Christ can.


Whether you’re in the middle of a hardship or just getting through one, trust God for the blessings because His plans are going to be better than you ever think or expect.


Stay Blessed

G


Resources

The Bible


Dedication

To my wonderful husband who surprised me with the beautiful flowers (used in the title image) and has inspired a lot of the changes God has been doing in me the last 6 years.

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