Monday, February 7, 2011


------ Who hasn't passed through tough times? Maybe someone out there is going through one right now. Hard as it may be to listen to family and good friends' well-meaning efforts to help you... lending their own faith, strength and courage, it still behooves you to listen and listen well. When in the midst of pain we can't usually think straight. So we need others to think for us. Oh yes, sometimes we need to do that. We should learn to borrow their minds in lieu of our fuzzy brains. They say that it's easier to size things up when you're outside the issue and being objective about it. That's what they can do for you. At least listen.

That being said, we know that Life is tough. God himself said that but He did promise that He would be with us through it all. So understanding that very well will help you deal with life's challenges in better form. You will begin to find the courage you thought no longer existed. But wait a sec, don't expect courage to come blazing away a clear smooth path for you to tread on. It doesn't usually happen that way. Sometimes courage comes in so quietly you'd miss it if you weren't paying close attention. Sometimes it's just a small voice inside nudging you to try one more time. Try one more time, one more hope, one more faith, one more prayer, one more day. ----------


  1. Hi Ellen:

    First of all thanks for stopping by my blog. I am glad to meet you and your wonderful family. I will add your beautiful blog to my list of my favorite so others can find you as well.

    I enjoy reading your posts or maybe is your lovely style of writing or maybe is the interest topics that capture my attention. It leads me to want to read more...I mean to say it is beautiful. I see also that you do some artworks as well.

    It amazes me that we are now able to connect with people from half way around the world.

    I will be back soon. You have a blesed day in the Lord.


  2. My past is very painful, it gave me a miserable life. I suffered a lot. I failed to have a happy family. If I looked backward of my life before, if I have no hope, no courage and no faith. I don't know where I am now. Thanks God, He is the one who lead me in the life that He wants to be. Though I failed, God designed my life in His way which I enjoying now. God bless Ma'am Ellen and thank you so much for visiting A Maiden's Testimony.

  3. Hello Ellen,

    Wonderful advice.

    As you said it is difficult for us to think straight when we are facing a calamity or difficult situation in our life.So it is better to listen to others who are not connected to the problem.

    God' own Son Jesus Christ did not have an easy life.God sometimes tests us by making us go through a tough,arduous life.

    You are welcome to take a copy of the quote you like in my post.

  4. Ah, good stuff, Ellen! I just heard this quote yesterday, which kind of fits in with your message - "Pain is inevitable, misery is optional." God is so awesome!

  5. I keep praying that He gives me the courage to go through and sure enough He does :-)

  6. This is very interesting post and so true. It is always nice to have friends and relatives to talk to when we need a little help thinking things through. Thank you for coming by and have a nice week.

  7. How true...thanks for sharing!

  8. Welcome, Paul! :-) Thank you for your kind words. God has blessed me with your visit. God bless you.

  9. Glad to see you, Star-chuu! We all go through tough times in our lives, respectively. I had my share. But we have a wonderful God who promises us that He would always be with us. Indeed He keeps his word. We survived because He led us to safety.

    You are so blessed with hope, courage, faith by a loving God who continually watches over you. This warms my heart so.

    Blessings to you, my new friend.

  10. How wonderful to see you, Joseph! Apparently, Jesus' life is the blueprint of our own earthly lives. But it's a life that reflects the full glory of God the Almighty. Such too will our life be... or already is as we experience and acknowledge His goodness in our daily lives. God bless you and your family.

  11. So true, Deb, indeed >> "Pain is inevitable, misery is optional." God is so awesome!

    We have a magnificent God. Magnificent.

  12. Welcome, Raajii! Oh God always answers prayers. Even if at times we see it as a rejection... it is in God's eyes the answer our prayers deserve. He is All-knowing and deserves our praise and thanksgiving. Let's continue with living our lives in good hope, trust, and faith in our loving and merciful God. Wishing you and your family tons of blessings.

  13. Hi Margaret! Delighted to see you here. I agree there -- "...we need a little help thinking things through." We need to reach out. Help isn't hard to find if we open up our hearts to it.

    Wishing you a blessed day and life.
    Thanks for your lovely visit.

  14. Theanne, happy to see you! Thank you for coming by. May God bless you and your family with all good things in life. Have a blessed day!


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