pain tree 004

I took this picture this morning on my walk. The tree reminded me of “PAIN” … how the branches had grown up-ward in a struggle of sort.  On their own, one might consider each a wayward attempt at being a part of a strong tree. However, as the sun reflected behind the tree, the branches appeared purposeful in that setting. All the branches made perfect sense as a part of the whole.

 Romans 5:3-5
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that
suffering produces perseverance;
perseverance, character;
and character, hope.
 And hope does not put us to shame,
because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit,
who has been given to us.


  1. You are right, in His creation He speaks loudly about Himself!!! How gracious of Him to reveal matters to us there … and thank you for taking the time to drop a note of encouragement … Blessings to you!


  2. Thank you Dusty, for stopping in and commenting. How nice to meet you at your blog … looking forward to reading more at your place 🙂 Blessings to you today and in the days ahead 🙂


  3. That passage in Romans reminds me of James 1. Both are such a great reminder that we are suffering and perusing for a purpose designed by God. What a wonderful gift!

    Also, I LOVE the photo!

    – Dusty.


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