Life is rough. Sometimes it hurts us; other times it burdens us. Maybe it overwhelms us or it scares us. It can seem too hard to go on or push through. BUT! His Word says “We are MORE than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37) I know it might seem like you’re never going to get through this, but He has got you right where He needs you. You will be a stronger person because of these trials that you are persevering through. Zephaniah 13:9 says, “This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my Name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘the Lord is our God.'” Oh what Truth that is tonight!! That we are His people and He is our God! That we can call on Him in our afflictions and in our pain. We can cry out to the Almighty God, Savior, and Creator, and He answers US! When we look up to the astounding sky He has created, we can know with full assurance that our precious Father is looking right back at us with a smile on His face, for He is well pleased. He is ALWAYS with us, no matter where we are in life. He is holding us firm in His grasp, and He is not letting go. Through these trials, He is refining!! “He is making diamonds out of dust… making diamonds out of us” (Hawk Nelson-Diamonds) You SHINE! You brighten up this world through your spirit. For in this period of hardship you are facing, you will come out a jewel.