Life is a bumpy ride. It has its ups and downs. Christians say mountains or valleys. But life is more mountain, valley, mountain, valley, mountain, rut.

Last week, I went to Venice, Florida for a book fair. Had a good time, met some new friends. Mountain. VeniceOn the way back, my car started making a loud noise. On Monday, I took it to my mechanic and discovered my transmission had gone out. Definite valley. Found out Nissan was going to cover the cost. Mountain.

Life is nothing but a series of ups and downs. How we deal with them is what makes us different. And Christians are not immune. But in those times of hardships, no matter how small, we must stay steadfast in our faith. James 1:12 instructs us to Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

To some people a bad transmission might not seem like much. Anyone who’s had to deal with a prolonged illness with tell you it’s just money. Your health is more important. I agree. In the grand scheme of things, my life could be worse. But when you’re trying to get out of debt, giving away 10% of your income for a car part pinches quite a bit. And I did complain. Ask anyone who is on my Facebook page. But by the next morning, while still upset, I had gotten over most of my anger.

I knew God would get me through.

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God will provide for you, keep trusting Him to supply your need. ― Lailah Gifty Akita, writer

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One of the best ways to overcome difficulties is to look on the bright side. Even in the midst of my little hang-in-therecrisis, I did have an ability to cover the expense if I had to. A lot of people would not have had the funds or credit to do that. And there was a time not too long ago, I wouldn’t have either.

God does provide. And He gets us through whatever hardship we are going through. We just need to keep on hanging on. Even if it’s just by a fingernail.

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