As a thirty-year-old dad of four little kids, I consider my trials insignificant when compared to the hardships of others I know. Some people deal with demanding leadership roles, persistent health issues, and life-threatening diseases on a daily basis.
My trials are small things like getting up to help a sick child in the middle of the night, picking up toys and books off the floor, or those times when I just want to vaporize the piles of dirty dishes so I can go to bed. However, parenting is full of difficulties like these, and we all need encouragement to persevere, no matter what kind of hardships we are facing.
The good news is, God’s Word is full of encouragement for us. Today I wrote a post over at the Boy Dads blog (don’t worry, this post is just as applicable to moms!) on Nine Benefits of Trials which summarizes what the Bible says on this subject. I hope you find it encouraging!