Thoughts from the journal...
It is true, trials (discipline) make for good training ground for our souls. This (often selfish, ease-loving) child would not choose the hard stuff if she had her own way. :)
Yet God is good to me to allow difficulties in. I can trace His hand, His work in my life most clearly by looking back at tough times. It was there He drew me closest. It was there I felt His presence. It was there He taught me dependence. It was there that joy grew.
I am still so slow to learn. At the first glimpse of something I don't like coming my way, I coward. Not this God, please. Won't you stop this? Won't you change this? But He doesn't, not always. I am learning to trust, and He knows what it will take to teach me.
"...Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus...For consider Him...so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." (Heb. 12:1-3)