The following is an insert taken from sermon notes by Pastor Greg Formey. I pray it has as much impact on you as it did on me. Remember to keep the faith, stay focus, don't give up the fight for peace, love, and happiness.
The apostle Paul found a way to be excited even in the midst of adversity. 2 Corinth 12:9-10
"my gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me. Since I know it is all for Christ's good, I am quite content with my weaknesses and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Annie Johnson Flint was a hymn writer who suffered greatly in her lifetime. From a very young age, she suffered from rheumatoid arthritis that left her crippled and unable to rise from bed. To alleviate the pain and discomfort, she rested and slept on soft pillows. Her body developed serious bedsores and finally her body was overtaken by cancer. Yet her attitude through all the struggles with pain and confinement was that of submission, faith, and trust in God to give her the grace and the strength she needed. With a pen pushed through bent and gnarled fingers and held by swollen joints she wrote her verses which provided solace and comfort for herself, her friends, and the world. One poem she wrote was "He Giveth More Grace"
"He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater, He sendeth more strength when the labors increase; to added affliction He addeth His mercy to multiplied trials, His multiplied peace. His love has no limit, His grace has no measure; His power no boundary known unto men; for His infinite riches in Jesus He giveth and giveth and giveth again. When we have exhausted our store of endurance, when our strength has failed ere the day is half done, when we reach the end of our hoarded resources, Our Father's full giving is only begun."