Thank you dear Iris for hosting thankful thursday this month. This week, she has chosen the theme trials. Lord knows, we have all had our share of trials. Some , more than others. There are various types of trials, such as physical, financial, spiritual, relational, and on and on. When we go through trials, we cannot let them take over our life. I always like to say that I have health problems, but the health problems do not have me. I refuse to let them rule my life, or take over. Only God rules my life, and reigns supreme. Yes, I have been through various trials in my life, such as being an attempted abortion, sexual abuse, taking care of my mom and watching her die, depression, self mutilation, losing my big brother to his diabetes last year, and various health problems. But, instead of wallowing in self pity, I choose to give glory to God. I have learned so much in my trials. I have learned to trust my Father God more and more. He is my Rock, my true Physician, my Healer. His grace is more than sufficient, He is my Burden Bearer. I can do all things through Him, that pours His strength into me daily. When I am weak, He carries me. My lovebug recently told me that I was his beautiful rose, slightly bent from the storms I have endured throughout my life, but beautiful due to the way I have come through those storms. I sure do love my lovebug. When my petals bend, and a thorn cuts into me, and I begin to bleed and enter into a new trial, I do not complain. For when I go through a trial, I experience just a tiny bit of pain compared to what my Saviour endured for me. I pray that my trials will always bring me just a little bit closer to my Father, whom I love, and appreciate more each day.