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Andra is a missionary's wife, a mom to three joyous children, a sporadic writer, and a baker (in it only for the sweet results).

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  1. i’ve been thinking about this a LOT lately- thank you for saying it so well! i feel like i’m often faced with the question of ‘why does God allow this pain in my life’ from women in our community, and this is at least a part of the True answer. this life is an inch on His measurement- the distance of eternity is so much greater than the struggle (even the amazingly tragic ones) we face today. God sees it from His side of the expanse & knows how this inch serves the full distance. it doesn’t take away the hurt, but it puts it into the Light.
    thank you!

    • Yes, rachelb, thanks for your beautiful thoughts on this – it reminds me of II Corinthians 4:17-18. “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

  2. We must have eternity in our focus, not just the events that mark our days and weeks. God desires to have His Church built up for His glory. These “happenstances” give us opportunities to grow in grace and become transformed into His image. When we become overcomers in life, we are able to be the living stones for His Church and reflect His glory. Such a wonderful message of how life is meant to be lived with an eternal perspective.

  3. I think when we are counting and measuring…especially time during a trial…It makes it last just SO much longer.

  4. Thanks for this post, very well written and God-inspired for someone like me today. The joys of being a mother constantly puts me on the altar of sacrifice for my family,I speak the word,I pray fervently, I care for that child that needs a mother’s love more than anything else,but I often find myself down,and feeling that I’m almost achieving a goal yet so far away. He spoke to me softly,”it is impossible for the child of this tears to go astray…I will give you strength for the journey and secure the destination…my grace is sufficient”. This is where I am and you have put it beautifully in this post, the only way is to keep lifting our eyes to the Maker of all the mountains we can’t climb…He is near to the broken and contrite spirit…a bruised reed He will not break IJN. Many blessings.

  5. We shouldn’t measure our lives in inches, feet, etc. We should look to the light of eternity. Within each trial there maybe something to be gleaned–patience, perseverance.

    Great post!

  6. I love your perspective! I can so easily get caught up in measurements and minutiae. When I’m pursuing a goal, it can be so overwhelming to look at the end point from where I am — I tend to measure how far/long it will take to get there. When I’m tethered in my faith life and letting God lead, I can finally let the yard stick fall to the wayside.