Character develops in the storms—when trials and afflictions test our strength, stability, and resilience. The Apostle Paul lists some of the storms as tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, and sword, and states emphatically that “in all these things”—i.e., in all these storms—”we are MORE THAN CONQUERORS through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:35, 37). So, when life seems hard to bear, when it’s full of sorrow, trouble, and woe, let’s remind ourselves that it’s in these storms we grow. While thankful for the fragrant and gentle breezes in life, let’s not decry the pungent blasts of turbulent tides. Storms ought not to break you. You’re more than a conqueror. Grow—and BLOOM—in your storms (see, Proverbs 24:10).—Samuel Koranteng-Pipim
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