As I sit here eating my pb&j in my classroom, pieces of construction paper lying all around (evidence left by the four year olds that were just claiming victory over my room) I am thankful. For my job, for children, for pb&j sandwiches. They say that the Christian life is a walk... but in the words of my husband last night at church, "It's more of a battle!" And I couldn't say "amen" loud enough. Take a look at the main characters in the Bible - Adam, Moses, Joseph, Job, David, Paul, Peter - to name a few. Their lives were a battle. Nothing came easy for them. I don't think it was a coincidence that God used these men (and countless women) to write His gospel story.
But most of all, Jesus was our ultimate example.
Growing up, I was told so many comforting things during times of pain. "Don't worry, God will never give you more than you can handle" and "If you aren't struggling, then you must not be doing anything for the Lord." But the most comforting of all came from Jesus.
"I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world." - Jesus. (John 16:33)
This is what has brought me through the tough times. Knowing I am not alone. And one day I'll be standing in good company with others who have fought the good fight of faith.