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Grace for Every Season
By Joel Osteen - Sep 08, 2010
I have a friend who married a professional football player—a big, strong man who had served in the military. Later in life, he developed diabetes and ended up losing both of his legs. My friend, his wife, took care of him like he was a king. She would get up at 4:00 a.m. way before she had to go to work and make sure that he was bathed, dressed and ready for a new day. She would have to physically pick him up out of bed and carry him around month after month, year after year. She could have thought, "God, I didn't ask for this. This is not what I had planned. Why me, God?" But instead, she tapped into God's supernatural grace which is His favor and empowerment. She knew that she was equipped for her situation. She didn't go around thinking, "I can't do this for another 30 years." No, she took life one day at a time. Eventually, her husband went to be with the Lord. But I still see her today, and she's beautiful, strong, healthy and blessed.

You, too, may be required to do a hard thing, but God has given you the grace for the season that you're in. That difficulty is not going to last forever. In the hard times, you have to keep reminding yourself that a reward is coming. God has promised that He will give you beauty for your ashes. He will pay you back for the sacrifices that you have made.

Be encouraged today because your payday may be right around the corner. Keep doing the right thing even when it's hard, even when you don't see change. God is still working in your situation. Keep praying, keep hoping and keep believing because God wants to pour out His favor and blessing on every area of your life.

"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work" (2 Corinthians 9:8, NIV).
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