John 9:2 (NLT)

“‘…why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parent’s sins?’ 

‘It was not because of his sins or his parent’s sins,’ Jesus answered.”

We cannot explain away the world’s problems so easily. On my, how I’ve tried! I am guilty of thoughts such as these: “If only I hadn’t _____________, then my children wouldn’t have suffered _________________.” (fill in the blanks multiple times over)

I have witnessed other people suffering in the hospital after heart attack, stroke, or infection. Many times people ask, “What did I do to deserve this?”

It’s especially difficult when we are faced with the death of a loved one. The heartache seems unbearable at times. Those of us who are left behind question, “Why would God allow them to die?”

So many questions all with the same unfulfilling answer: “I don’t know.”

But, one thing I do know: God is still God. He loves me. And, if during these dark, lonely, confusing moments, I will run into His arms instead of blaming Him, I will find love, healing, and unexplainable joy.

Easy right?

Absolutely not!

It’s a daily battle: a battle against despair; a battle against reason: a battle against the “norm”. Daily we battle with confidence that Jesus has already won the war.

Tribulations are certain but victory is guaranteed!

John 16:33 (KJV)

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me he might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. 

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As a former mathematics teacher and pastor's wife, I encounter many people facing difficult problems in everyday life. I desire to inspire others to push on during times of difficulty. I am a mother of two grown children, and what I lack in personal experience, I have gleaned through the experiences of others. My goal is to encourage through my "Priddy" words.

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