The Common Condition of Trials

I am in the middle of the first re-write of the new book “The Compassionate Shepherd.”  It is the purpose of this book, to help those that want to help people.  All of us go through difficult times in our lives and sometimes we just need someone to come along side and be there for us.  This book will show us how to best be there for some one.

Below is an excerpt from the first chapter of the book.

1 Peter 4:12 “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:”

The Bible text above tells the reader not to look at trials as though you are the only one experiencing them. It is not a strange thing to have problems. As a matter of fact, trials are an everyday part of life. Troubles and problems aren’t just for a select few. We all have times that are taxing and troubling. Sometimes the problems are manageable, and other times they are overwhelming. Whether they are large or small, in comparison, they are real to each person going through their particular trial.
As a leader, we face many situations that we would rather not have to deal with. Many times we are called to help in areas that we have no experience in ourselves. When trying to comfort the broken hearted, it is important to remember that there are no magic words or special formulas to take away a person’s pain. We can only try to comfort them the best way we can.

Proverbs 27:1 “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”

The book should be available by late fall.  We pray the Lord will use it like He has our first book “Finding Grace and Peace IN SPITE OF Trials and Tragedy, The Johnny Ashley Story” Which can be purchased on Amazon by clicking on this link  In Spite Of.