A fair weather person in a relationship will stick by you when times are good but will bail or dump you at the glimpse of turmoil, hardship, and/or unmet expectations. Our horizontal relationships in a way mirror our vertical relationship with God. When was the last time you stop communicating with your spouse or significant other because of troubled waters? Now ask yourself, “When was the last time you stop communicating (praying, praising, serving, meditating, and worshipping) with God because he sent or allowed the troubled water.” I get it, we are all pre-wired to either fight or flight in times of difficulty. However, the bible teaches that when times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.” (Ecc 7:14)God desires for us to give thanks in the difficult times because it is an act of faith. When things are tough it takes faith to thank God for our circumstances. We must really believe that God has a plan we do not see. We must really believe that His wisdom is beyond our own. Giving thanks in difficult times requires something more than superficial faith or fair weather tendencies. Yes, life and our relationships are much like a roller coaster. But, if we learn to depend on God, life will be steady and we will find peace even in the confusing times.

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