In her book A Place of Healing, she says suffering can:
1. Turn us from a dangerous path (Ps.119:67).
2. Remind us where our true strength lies
(2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
3. Restore our first love for Christ:* "Heartache and physical pain reach below the superficial, surface places of our lives, stripping away years of accumulated indifference and neglect" proving that Christ in us is our hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).
5. Increase our fruitfulness: "Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day." 2 Corinthians 4:16
Whatever troubles surround us, God is always at work!
*"Restores a lost beauty in Christ"
photo from Joni and Friends
I highly recommend Joni's book, A Place of Healing
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