In another vineyard were young plants which had suffered no ill effects of nature at all. They offered no particular beauty or character and were hardly worthy of my pencil or paintbrush.
As it is in nature, so it is in God's kingdom. From the winds and rains of adversity comes abundant growth and a beautiful life worth painting.
Do not be afraid to suffer.... It is from being shaken apart and not being destroyed that one becomes strong and courageous.
~Laura Lewis Lanier, All Things Bright and Beautiful
In this is my Father glorified;
that you bring forth very much fruit,
and become my disciples.
My sweet Jesus, I rejoice in so far as I share Your sufferings, that I may also rejoice and be glad when Your glory is revealed. Amen. (cf. 1 Peter 4:13)