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I never thought suffering could be a good thing. The definition of suffering is the following: pain that is caused by injury, illness, loss, etc. : physical, mental, or emotional pain. So the very definition of the word is negative. Who would ever want to suffer? Who would ever want to experience pain?

As I think back to the days of Ian becoming ill, not knowing whether he would live or die, I am reminded of a very real suffering I went through. Months later, I continued to suffer through his amputations, seeing him and my children go through such an unexpected thing. Through it all, I held on to the following verses with all my heart. Denisse, be grateful for this suffering. Denisse, this suffering will produce hope. Denisse, only God can strengthen you after you’ve suffered a little while. Denisse, hang in there. It can only get better.

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. James 1:2-3

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. Romans 5:3-5

So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. 1Peter 5:10b

I don’t know what exactly you may be going through. If you are suffering, I do know how hard it can be. BUT, I am here to tell you, from the other side, it will get better. AND God is faithful. He WILL get you through. He WILL strengthen you. AND you WILL grow. I promise you won’t even be the same person coming out of it. The person you were before will be replaced with a newly improved better version of yourself, one that HE has lovingly shaped according to his will and for his own glory. Hang in there, dear friend.

I’d love to hear from you if I can help in any way. dwarshak(at)




2 thoughts on “joy in suffering.

  1. Reading this reminded me of: 3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.



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