• May 13, 2016
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I’m Joni Eareckson Tada.  I receive a lot of emails – but recently one really stuck out.  Tania wrote, “Joni, this may sound crazy, but when I heard you speak, I was jealous of your intimacy with God.  I didn’t desire your suffering, but your intimacy with God.  But it left me thinking … Maybe I cannot appreciate the one without the other.  I mean, how can I truly know [the Man of Sorrows] without experiencing suffering?  So, now, instead of asking why, I find myself thanking God for the trials, in hopes that they'll bring me closer to Jesus.”  Oh friend, Tania has it right. Oh friend, as Hebrews chapter 12 tells us, sometimes God allows suffering in our lives so that “we may share in His holiness;” and to share in God’s holiness, is to share in the core of his nature.  That is pretty intimate! So do what Tania does: see your hardship as the path to holiness.  It’s the open door to real intimacy with God.

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