She was 35 years old when she became a widow. The daunting task of raising four children under the age of eight was hard enough, but now she’d face it alone. And while she grieved her loss and definitely had days where she didn’t want to go on, she did not stay there. She took that pain that God allowed to enter her path and turned it around for the glory of God. And many have been blessed. Doing a monthly breast exam, she found a lump that she’d never felt before. It couldn’t be, this 26-year old woman thought to herself. But after further tests, her suspicions were proven. But a double mastectomy and months of emotional and physical pain brought her freedom from cancer. Instead of letting that loss make bitterness well up inside, she’s chosen the path that few will choose and is walking through life with others who have found themselves on a similar journey. And many have been blessed. A homeschooling mom of four found out that her husband had chosen to have a life with someone else. She made attempts for a while to stay in the marriage and make it work. His continued rendezvous’ eventually ended their marriage. Now she is remarried to an amazing man and is living the life she hoped she would. She and her children give God glory for restoring their lives. And many have been blessed. Most of us have gone through something in our lives that made us want to throw in the towel. There was something we barely made it through that brought us to a place of despair. We may have even wished that we’d go to sleep one night and wake up in the presence of Jesus. Cuz going through hard stuff is hard. It just is. There is nothing pleasant about walking through a valley that is dark, lonely and appearing to be never ending. And while it’s excruciating to suffer, the results of the pain can be beautiful. I’m a firm believer that we all want growth to occur in our lives. We just don’t always want to go through the pain to get there. No pain, no gain, y’all. So, I have just one question to ask you… What are you doing with your pain?