Y'all, sometimes I just don't know how much this mama's heart can take. I have watched two of my children lose their jobs since December. They have called me on the phone numerous times from hundreds of miles away, crying, leaving me feeling so helpless to help. One had to have surgery. And just this week, two of my girls suffered some hefty disappointments concerning the direction of their lives and it just pains me to see them hurting and, seemingly, not succeeding in their pursuits. Thankfully, we know and have learned that His grace is sufficient in these times. And, as a family who strives to trust and serve God, we know and firmly believe that "...ALL things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." I find it difficult though, if I am to be totally honest, to give thanks in every thing during these times as He has commanded us to do. How can I give thanks when I see them suffering so much heartache? It is so hard to be patient while the Lord works His perfect will in their lives. Their burdens become mine. I hurt when they hurt. And it is overwhelming at times and I am left to feel helpless to do anything. Anything but pray, anyway. I believe that it is the most precious gift we can gift our children, aside from leading them to Christ for salvation. It is the means by which we show our faith and trust in the God of all hope. It is the way that we invite our loving, caring God to do His work in their lives. I remember one particular time of trials a few years, when we prayed and prayed, and watched as God provided and answered those prayers. It was such a relief and I thought, "Finally, some relief!" But then a few days later, there were new trials and I just remember walking down the sidewalk, talking with Mister and thinking, “We cannot seem to catch a break! Will there ever be a time when we're not praying and seeking God's face? Will there ever be a time when we're not facing some struggle or another?” And now I know that the answer is 'no'. Why? Well, Job said it best when he said, "Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble." It’s just the way it is.