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     Everyone wants life to be good.  A majority of our conversation with God is please protect, please heal, please bless, please provide, etc...  We all desire utopia.  Many times, we think that that is what God planned when he sent Jesus.  It took many years for me to grasp the fact that it is actually the tough stuff that God wants to make himself real and alive to us.  It is in the difficulties of life that we need him.  It is in the hard times that we find ourselves unable to 'do it on our own' and recognize our short comings.  These times that we are stretched are the times that God holds us in his hands and strengthens us.  Jesus' earthly brother, James understood this.  He wrote in his book, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.", James 1:2-4, NIV 2011.
     God is in control of our lives, especially when they seem completely out of control.  Trust him.  Talk with him.  He cares for you!

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