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During a particularly trying time in my life, I stopped to examine the many things going wrong. How could my Heavenly Father allow these awful things to crowd my previously comfortable existence?

In exasperation, I looked heavenward with my tear-streaked face and gasped, “When it rains, it pours, and God, I’m getting all wet!”

Within my soul I felt His steady, comforting voice calmly say, “Yes, but just wet enough to slip and fall to your knees.”

Things suddenly seemed clearer. No, my problems didn’t miraculously disappear but I changed. My perception changed. Maybe it’s not so much what I go through as how I react to what I go through.

My tears flowed freely. “Thank you, Lord,” I quietly prayed. “Thank you for allowing trials in my life to draw me closer to You.”

In retrospect, I saw that I had allowed the busyness of life and my comfortable circumstances to lure me into complacency. God said in Revelation 3:15-16, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot; I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.”

Thank you, God, for the rough lesson about allowing my fervor for You and growth in You to wane. Thank you for bringing a rainstorm into my life.

 

About Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been writing and speaking for over 3 decades. She and Jerry have celebrated more than 30 wedding anniversaries together—all proof of God’s redemptive power! Kelly made bad choices for years and shares the lessons she’s learned along the way, hoping to keep others from making the same mistakes. Because no one benefits when we wear masks, she tries to stay transparent. “Everyone has skeletons in their closets, but my closets don’t have doors on them!”

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Kelly Stigliano

Kelly J. Stigliano has been writing and speaking for over 3 decades. She and Jerry have celebrated more than 30 wedding anniversaries together—all proof of God’s redemptive power! Kelly made bad choices for years and shares the lessons she’s learned along the way, hoping to keep others from making the same mistakes. Because no one benefits when we wear masks, she tries to stay transparent. “Everyone has skeletons in their closets, but my closets don’t have doors on them!”

To read some articles I’ve had published, hear about God’s story in my life from the “UNSHACKLED!” radio program or the Focus on the Family broadcasts, see my book, Praying for Murder, Receiving Mercy: From At-Risk to At Peace; My Journey from Fear to Freedom or explore the anthologies I’ve contributed to, please visit my website, www.kellystigliano.com.

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