Did you know that trials and hardships are guaranteed? In fact, Paul writes,
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.”
That doesn’t mean that we walk around sadly waiting for the worst to happen. It does mean that we know suffering is coming, we have have an extra appreciation for blessings and joyful moments, and that we know where to look for hope when the world seems bleak or frightening.
I wish I had the perfect words and encouragement for every reader’s hurts, but I do know where just such hope can be found. Friend, when things are hard, friends kind words and reassurance are sweet, but nothing compares to the peace and comfort of God’s word.
Here are some (imperfect, hurried, heartfelt) doodles to encourage you on your walk. I promise to make some prettier ones for you someday when I have a little more time.
These will look best printed small; about 4×6 or smaller is ideal. Click on each thumbnail to get the full size image, then feel free to print for personal use.