While sitting outside this morning, I thought of a petit older woman that lived in my neighborhood. I smile when I think of her strolling down the street no matter what time of year, dispensing advice, while carrying her water bottle and huge umbrella. In fact I will admit that there were times I found her more annoying than insightful. However, she stopped by late one afternoon to visit while I was in the midst of a significant struggle. Her demeanor isn't warm, but she does have a quirky charm about her. She looked me directly in the eye and asked, do you believe in God? I responded, yes. She then asked if I was familiar with the scriptures, I said yes...

At that moment I felt a lesson coming, I'm sure my body language and facial expression captured my frustration ... Being the great teacher she is, she paused and asked me if I was familiar with the phrase, "AND IT CAME TO PASS" I send yes, it was repeated throughout the scriptures on a fairly regular basis. She said.. your right... Then she asked me... How many times in the scriptures does it say, "IT CAME TO STAY" I replied, I don't believe I've ever run across that phrase. She smiled and said... "so be of good cheer, Carla... your struggle is not here to stay, it only serves as a lesson.. it will come to pass. Don't you think God has beautiful blessings in store for you?" She then quoted Matthew 7:11 "how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" Ah there it was, the gold nugget.. learning to live in a constant state of gratitude while being comfortable enough to ask God to bless my life with more good things.

I've thought about this exchange often. For this I thank Roberta every day Adversity is a unversial experience, no one will leave this earth without their share. What I do know is the storms of life do pass, invaluable lessons are learned and faith is usually strengthen. Be of good cheer, be kind to another, exercise faith, forgive and love deeply, this is all part of our human experience.#itcametopass #faith

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