Suffering can lead to one of two places—a better or a bitter place.  When life’s pains come, and they do indeed come, you can rise to a better place by letting Jesus closer to you and allow challenges to conform you more into Jesus’ character.  A bitter place is reached if you let the venom of adversity flow in your veins so Satan can tempt you with thoughts of hopelessness and despair.  There is a choice.

Jesus came so that we would have life and hope. Yes, life is hard at times.  Life can hurt.  We may even think it will not improve.  These are valid thoughts and feelings.  Jesus understands.  He helps us through these hard times.  How?  One simple way is to say Jesus.  Repeat it, clearly and aloud or as a whisper.  There is power in His Name.  The very utterance of Jesus is a prayer to help, soothe, and guide.  It is always a way to keep Satan and his destructive lives away.  Jesus is the Name of life and hope.  Keeping saying it. Jesus is listening.  Jesus… 

Lord Jesus, we call on You in times of challenge, trusting that speaking Your Name will be an act to encourage hope and stop Enemy plans.  In Thee, Amen.