Not Always Smooth Sailing

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"I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world." John 16:33

"So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you." Deuteronomy 31:6

Reflect

The journey of life is not always smooth sailing. You have had and will have times of great blessing and times of significant challenge. As you reflect on the questions below remember that God never wastes your time.

Respond

Make a list of influencers in your life--family, friends, neighbors, coaches, teachers, employers. What did you learn from your experience with these individuals?

As you reflect on your influencers and experiences, you may have recalled some difficult memories. It is easy to piece together how God used the highlights, but how can He use the hard times?

What are some of the hardest times you've experienced in your life? What are some of the best times?

How have your life experiences shaped you into the person you are today?

Take some time to really think about these things today.

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