On trials and joy

Back in hospital.

Back being ill.

Back with things being tough.

But to be honest, though my heart sank when I realised I was getting not so well again, a tiny bit of me felt relieved. You see, I really do struggle spiritually when things get easy and nothing kills my love of gospel like a smooth life.

I’m not trying to be super pious. But these feelings excite me. Perhaps this is what walking along the road of James 1:2 looks like. Maybe this is what it means to count it joy when I meet trials of various kinds.

There’s a part of me that loves the easier life and not a day goes by when I don’t wish for a ‘normal’, healthy, 2.5 children, live long with my husband set up. But the thing is, if I really, deep down, want things to get easier, I know I should just stop praying that we become more faithful, more loving and more like Jesus. And if I look at it that way, it becomes so obvious.
His way is best.
Simple as that.

6 thoughts on “On trials and joy

  1. “But the thing is, if I really, deep down, want things to get easier, I know I should just stop praying that we become more faithful, more loving and more like Jesus.”

    Oh wow Ruth. That's spot on.

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  2. We have never met,Ruth,but I know you through the Atwoods and Wilsons (Heather Wilson,Nate's wife is my daughter.) Thank you for sharing your life;you have been in my prayers and will continue to be.
    BTW, LOVE the phrase, “Simple as that.” I will remember and repeat!
    May God grant you grace and strength to walk faithfully.
    Diane Garaway

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  3. Mrs Garaway,
    It's great to 'meet' you online anyway. I'm a huge Atwoods and Wilsons fan. πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much for your prayers. They are hugely appreciated and needed.
    Ruth

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  4. They will continue. One of the sweet things of facebook is being made aware of prayer needs of brothers and sisters around the world. A friend now battling leukemia,another being persecuted in Iraq,my sister-in-law in the Congo…and the many others unknown whom God brings to my attention and heart.
    Blessings,Ruth.

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  5. Praying for you all the time Ruth, and I hope that you'll be feeling better soon. So true about the easy life, it makes me always lose my longing to please Jesus our Lord when things are all nice and snug in my little world. We need the hard things to keep us following him. Love and every blessing, Isla xx

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