Bible Journaling with Heidi: The fruit of suffering

Hi friends, I am happy to be back again to share this post with you. Honestly, I think God worked everything out perfectly for the timing of this kit! What a great reminder it is for us to have joy through the trials we go through and that they produce good fruit in us, especially with the whole Coronavirus situation!

Romans 5:3-5 says, “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

Paul definitely knew what suffering felt like. He went in prison so many times for his faith, and 2 Corinthians 12 talks about him having a thorn in his flesh. Yet with all that, He chose to trust God and belief that good fruit would come out of his suffering – endurance, character and hope.

Did I think good things could come out of having cancer? (see my last post for more on my cancer story)
No.
But did good things, good fruit come out of that? Absolutely. My family and I became closer, I learned that even if I am an independant person, it’s okay to ask for help. After a rough patch in my relationship with God in the first few months of that particular trial, I drew closer to Him. I also started to Bible journal and my prayer life became stronger than it had been before. And so much more.

Can good things come through this Coronavirus situation? I hope so and believe so. We need to remember that God is in control, and instead of succombing to fear, what would happen if we decided to trust God instead? I believe that this can produce the same good fruit that Paul is talking about in these verses in Romans – endurance, character, and hope.

I encourage you to remember these verses in this weird and chaotic season. Journal it, write it out, put it somewhere where you can see it often, pray it.

Thank you for taking the time to read this today, and I hope it encouraged you! You can find me on Instagram @creative4hisglory for more Bible journaling pages!

Heidi

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