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Life can throw us some curve balls, but God never promised us an easy life. In John 16:33, Jesus clearly tells us “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” We all know this to be true, but it still stings when hard times come. We lose sight of God’s strength within us and feel like the world is falling apart around us.
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I recently watched an interview a young widow with four children. This woman had just lost her police officer husband in a terrible accident two months prior. I couldn’t help but watch while she described her husband’s many favorable attributes with tears in her eyes and a smile on her face. When Meredith asked her how she was doing these days, this woman’s response wasn’t at all what I expected, and it has forever changed my perspective.

She told the host that she and her four children are doing well because they are living out one of the phrases that her husband frequently said to all of them. She explained that whenever anyone in the family was having trouble, resistant to change, having an attitude, or doubting their ability to do something, her husband would call them by name and succinctly and lovingly tell them this…

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