It is very hard to swallow your pride,
to stay silent when you want to speak,
to walk with your head held high when all you feel is shame,
to not defend yourself,
to find the good in difficult and painful situations,
to forgive when you have been wronged,
to love the unlovable,
to trust in uncertain situations,
to hope when nothing is going right,
to believe when it seems impossible,
to be content when you are not where you want to be.
But the hardest thing of all is to go through all of this without the grace and love of the Lord Jesus Christ!