Welcome to Day 5 of the Thankful Hearts giveaway! Just as a reminder – You can keep up with all the posts in the giveaway series by clicking on the Thankful Hearts giveaway graphic in the sidebar. More chances to win each day!
I hope you are enjoying the beautiful and heartfelt posts from our authors each day. I have been so encouraged and blessed by their words… and by your comments! Today, let’s hear from Robin Patchen on what she’ll never thank God for!
I’ll Never Thank God for That
I will never thank God for the trials my children have been through these last few years. They were awful and, in some ways, continue to be. I wouldn’t wish those trials on anyone, and I’ll never thank Him.
But I will thank Him for the spiritual growth and maturity my children gained through those trials. I will thank Him for the renewed strength and greater courage He’s given not just my children, but their parents and grandparents and loved ones as well. I will thank Him for the miracles He worked, which brought us through and still carry us today.
I praise God for His presence, which feels stronger during the darkest days than it ever did before. I praise Him for his promises, which I cling to and recite and pray every day, sometimes multiple times a day. I praise Him for the peace He gives us in the midst of the terrible storms, His soft whisper that drowns out our pounding fears.
I worship God for the beauty I see rising from the ashes of those fiery trials. I worship Him, because like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, my children were in the furnace with the Lord, and they are emerging with no scent of smoke. I worship Him because the trials are temporary, but the lessons will remain forever.
No, I’ll never thank Him for the trials, because the trials aren’t His doing. He allowed them, no doubt, but the trials didn’t come from above. They’re the result of this fallen world and our fallen natures. To thank God for the trials would be like thanking my earthly parents when I drive carelessly and get in a wreck. My foolishness is not their fault.
I won’t thank God for the trials, but I’m not sorry He let us go through them. We’re better because of them. We’re stronger, closer to each other, and nearer to our Father. Only our amazing, omnipotent Creator God could take the tangle of threads in these trials and weave them into a beautiful tapestry.
How have you seen God work through the trials in your life?
One of the books included in the Thankful Hearts giveaway is Robin’s latest book and the first book in her Hidden Truth series, Convenient Lies.
What happens when a woman marries her greatest enemy?
When investigative journalist Reagan McAdams discovers her new husband Julien is part of a powerful international crime family, she flees Paris with their newborn, returning to her childhood home in Nutfield, New Hampshire. She plans to gather her inheritance, collect her beloved grandmother, and disappear forever. She’ll do whatever it takes to protect her son from his criminal father.
But when Reagan arrives home, her heart breaks at the news of her grandmother’s death. Finding her missing inheritance—hidden somewhere on the property—is as impossible as a second chance with her former boyfriend, Brady. Reagan’s feelings for Brady are stronger than ever, but when Julien’s people harm innocents to smoke her out, Reagan must make a choice.
What—and who—will she have to sacrifice to save her son?
Robin Patchen is an award winning multi-published author, but only because she can’t pursue her other dream.
If time and money were no object, Robin would spend her life traveling. Her goal is to visit every place in the entire world–twice. She longs to meet everybody and see everything and spread the good news of Christ. Alas, time is short and money is scarce, and her husband and three teenagers don’t want to traipse all around the world with her, so Robin does the next best thing: she writes. In the tales she creates, she can illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.
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Question for giveaway entry: How have you seen God work through the trials in your life?
Tomorrow we’ll hear from Misty Beller – plus another chance to win!