"This makes you very happy, even though now for a short time different kinds of troubles may make you sad. These troubles come to prove that your faith is pure. This purity of faith is worth more than gold, which can be proved to be pure by fire but will ruin. But the purity of your faith will bring you praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is shown to you.” (1 Peter 1:6-7 NCV)
The year 2014 started out on a good note. In March, my testimony about my mom’s suicide was published in a book. I was excited to see my story in print. Then, things went downhill. I lost someone who had been helping me with my writing. Next, I was forced to move from my home of twelve years. In October, I lost my domain to my website where I encouraged other believers to act like Christians. In December, I received a ticket for not stopping when making a right turn. My last ticket was ten years ago. On Christmas Day, I learned that my eighty-five-year-old dad was in ill health. After a fifteen-year separation, we'd been reunited on Father's Day in 2013. Now, it makes me sad to think that I might lose him again.
In 2014, I went through a firestorm, which at times made me sad, anxious and fearful. I kept trusting Jesus, however, and didn’t let Satan steal my faith. God helped me through it and showed me that I can trust in the Lord. If one person is saved or encouraged by my dilemmas, it will bring honor and glory to the Lord. Praise God for his faithfulness.
Ken is a native Minnesotan and loves to sing and play the keyboard. Contact