We must all weather the winds of adversity. God warns His children that they will have trouble and hardships in life (Jn. 16:33 NIV). The fruit birthed out of personal trials enable us to comfort others with the comfort we ourselves have been given through Christ.
Facing Trials: Thoughts For Meditation written by Cheryl Zelenka is a devotional full of hope, encouragement, and instruction. There are two thought provoking devotions for each of the twenty selected topics. Every meditation has a scriptural foundation with plenty of ideas for personal contemplation and reflection.
Cheryl Zelenka knows what it is to walk through the “Valley of the Shadow of Death,” and live to ascend the mountaintop of God. Her undiagnosed brain tumor caused clinical depression for nearly ten years. Ms. Zelenka challenges each believer to change their negative view of trials and consider them as blessings. It is through trials that we deepen our relationship and dependence on God.
No journey in life is without seasons of tears and sorrow, but the “Son” shines in the valley as well as in the desert and mountaintop. With each new trial we experience, our personal Tree of Life buds, flowers, and bears fruit.
Sarah wrote “Thoughts For Meditation by Cheryl Zelenka is an excellent book that I will be reading and referencing many times. There is much Biblical wisdom packed into its 136 pages.
It covers many topics including prayer, obedience, obstacles, love, sin and forgiveness, perseverance, fear, healing, worry, hope, and wisdom. Every chapter is just a few pages and so it is easy to read and dwell upon. It is a book that is full of Scripture and truth and God’s love of people and it is a book that can benefit anyone. It is also a book that I hope many will find and read and apply to their lives.” Mar 04, 2014
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