Adversity introduces a man to himself.  Unknown

It is through much tribulation that we enter the kingdom of Heaven.  The Apostle Paul

We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.   Henry Ward Beecher

But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.  C.S. Lewis

The Lord’s mercy often rides to the door of our heart upon the black horse of affliction.   Charles H. Spurgeon

The devil, darkness, and death may swagger and boast, the pangs of life will sting for a while longer, but don’t worry; the forces of evil are breathing their last. Not to worry…He’s risen!  Charles R. Swindoll

Every disability conceals a vocation, if only we can find it, which will ‘turn the necessity to glorious gain.   C.S. Lewis

I say that trials and tests locate a person. In other words they determine where you are spiritually. They reveal the true condition of your heart. How you react under pressure is how the real you reacts.   John Bevere

Affliction is a good man’s shining time.   Edward Young

To learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings.   George Mueller

Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you respond to it.   Unknown

Choose to view life through God’s eyes. This will not be easy because it doesn’t come naturally to us. We cannot do this on our own. We have to allow God to elevate our vantage point. Start by reading His Word, the Bible…Pray and ask God to transform your thinking. Let Him do what you cannot. Ask Him to give you an eternal, divine perspective.   Charles R. Swindoll

All our difficulties are only platforms for the manifestations of His grace, power and love.   Hudson Taylor

Bless a thing and it will bless you. Curse it and it will curse you…If you bless a situation, it has no power to hurt you, and even if it is troublesome for a time, it will gradually fade out, if you sincerely bless it.   Emmet Fox

If you allow it, [suffering] can be the means by which God brings you His greatest blessings.  Charles R. Swindoll

Sometimes new opportunity means new opposition. Not everything God asks us to do will be comfortable.   Joyce Meyer

Life’s trials are not easy. But in God’s will, each has a purpose. Often He uses them to enlarge you.   Warren Wiersbe

It is good for us to have trials and troubles at times, for they often remind us that we are on probation and ought not to hope in any worldly thing. It is good for us sometimes to suffer contradiction, to be misjudged by men even though we do well and mean well. These things help us to be humble and shield us from vainglory. When to all outward appearances men give us no credit, when they do not think well of us, then we are more inclined to seek God Who sees our hearts. Therefore, a man ought to root himself so firmly in God that he will not need the consolations of men.   Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

The bottom of the soul may be in repose, even while we are in many outward troubles; just as the bottom of the sea is calm, while the surface is strongly agitated.   John Wesley

Trouble is one of God’s great servants because it reminds us how much we continually need the Lord.   Jim Cymbala

God has ordained that our preaching become deeper and more winsome as we are broken, humbled, and made low and desperately dependent on grace by the trials of our lives.   John Piper

If thou art willing to suffer no adversity, how wilt thou be the friend of Christ?   Thomas à Kempis

God will not look you over for medals, degrees, or diplomas, but for scars.  Elbert Hubbard

Strange how people who suffer together have stronger connections than those who are most content.  Bob Dylan

 

 

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