truly when you think about it the two are inseparable. there are not many blessings in life that are separate from struggle, pain, or hardship. have you ever had a baby? been married? been involved in ministry? ever worked? all of these are blessings-the Bible tells us that they are blessings but i have never experienced any of these without pain or struggle. i know this sounds depressing but you are in for a surprise if you think that life is full of good stuff without struggle. being a Christ follower is not easy. even the blessing of being saved caused Christ His life and to hold all of our sins on His shoulders. i have to remind myself of this reality when things are going haywire. i often think -oh when the kids get older, when we get to this point in our lives things will get easier. i am wishing my life away. it will not get easier. it will just be different.
but i love the blessings and the wonderful moments that God allows me to experience through it all. i love the sweet kisses of my kids. i love seeing people come to know Christ personally and see how everything starts making sense. i love having a friend as my husband. and i am very blessed to serve Christ for the rest of my days here on earth.
we actually can enjoy life more when we realize this reality. there is freedom in knowing and expecting that things will be hard. our lives may be fun, full, and great but they will most likely never be easy and pain-free.