"All noble things are difficult."

Copyright 2012 by Kristen Hatcher

"If we are going to live as disciples of Jesus, we have to remember that all noble things are difficult. The Christian life is gloriously difficult, but the difficulty of it does not make us faint and cave in, it rouses us up to overcome." 

~ Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest

"Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus"
 (2 Timothy 2:3).

Copyright 2011 by Kristen Hatcher
“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many months of struggle and suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I say it is to wage war by land, sea, and air. War with all our might and with all the strength God has given us, and to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory. Victory at all costs—victory in spite of all terrors—victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival.”                              
~ Winston Churchill, in his inaugural address

Copyright 2011 by Kristen Hatcher

"Thank God he does give us difficult things to do! His salvation is a glad thing, but it is also a heroic, holy thing. It tests us for all we are worth."                                                                                                                                                       ~ Oswald Chambers

"Trials don't get to steal from followers of Christ unless we hand over the goods." 
~ Beth Moore

"Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons.

Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!

Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees" (Hebrews 12:7-12).

Copyright 2012 by Kristen Hatcher
"God's grace turns out men and women with a strong family resemblance to Jesus Christ, not milksops."
                     ~Oswald       Chambers   

Will you join me in fighting the good fight of faith?

"Now there is in store for (us) the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to (us) on that day!"

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  1. oh my gosh..God must be hitting me over the head!! this morning in my prayer group the women were giving thanks for their trials and reflecting how God used those trails to bring them closer to Him...and I was thinking how I am so not there yet...and now I am reading your post. oh my gosh,..time for me to think!!!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

    1. I remember being a young mom and a stranger to trials. "In this world, you will have tribulation," Jesus said, and I was scared. Now, as a mom with young adult children and 30 years of faith behind me, I can truly say, "but be of good cheer, I (Christ) have overcome the world!" The testing of our faith produces perseverance, and perseverance, when it's had it's perfect work, will make us complete, lacking nothing." He who called us is faithful! Press on!

  2. LOVE the Winston Churchill quote and your application to the spiritual battle! Thanks for the encouragement this morning. (from your newest follower)

    1. Meghan,
      W.C. was amazing. He really was an "Esther," to the world during the dark times of WWII. Unlike so many famous people who are personal failures, he was articulate, determined, and brave. We could all take a lesson! thanks for following, and please come back :)

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