We should always remember that the trials of life are sent for our good and our instructions.  God knows what keys in the human soul to touch in order to draw out its sweetness.  Do not think that uninterrupted joy is good.  The sunshine lies upon the mountaintop all day, and lingers there latest and longest at eventide.  Yet it is the valley that is green and fertile, while the peak is barren and unfruitful.


Life that is all sunshine and no shade, all happiness without sorrow, all pleasure without pain, is not life at all.  Life is made up of joys and sorrows, and the joys are all the sweeter becuase of the sorrows
From "The Golden Gems of Life" by Ferguson & Allen

However when in the middle of a trial, it is all darkness and misery.  It is hard to see anything positive in times of hardship. 

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  1. This is the 4th time I have come across this exact message today - I think the Lord is speaking to my heart about this today! And you are right, without the sorrows to measure the joys against, the joys would not be so wonderful, excellent and sweet. It is those sorrows that make the joys so much better.
    Thanks for sharing this today, Jo.

  2. I've had that happen to me and I know the Lord must be talking to me. I really liked this quote as it makes it all so clear - one doesn't come without the other and nor can we appreciate the joys without the sorrow. Its like winter and summer, one is great becuase of the other.

  3. Very true, Jo. Sometimes when we are in a trial we can't 'see' God clearly. It's because He's standing in the shadows with us. blessings..Trish

  4. Yes...this goes with my post is the testimony of our pastor and his fight with cancer.

    I know I am learning more and more about my Saviour through my trials.

    Prayers as you walk through your trial...may you see His face in every turn

  5. Jo,

    You send us a humbling lesson to learn today in regards to accepting the trials in our life. This is not one of my strong points, but I am working on it.


    -Lady Rose

  6. We have all been there Jo - in the midst of a trial and situation in which we think there is no escape. I am thankful for my faith which allows me to know that I am never alone when my heart is heavy~~


  7. Not easy but very true. Thank you for sharing this quote. (o:


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