Three weeks ago our family decided (with a lot of prayer) to welcome an unsaved foreign exchange student from Korea into our home for second semester. Her name is Jin A (pronounced Jee-na). The agency she went through to get here was actually through our school, she also attends where my sister and I attend, which has been nice. I've heard about other exchanged students going to different schools than where their host family goes. At first everything was going great. She was like another sister, and then... a week ago, she realized just how hard the English language is, and just how hard school is going to be, and how much her life is changing. Ever since this "revelation," she's been quiet, withdrawn. And I feel for her (in some ways).
And that's exactly right. I have no doubt. The Lord is working in and through our family through this difficulty. It's hard. Really hard, especially for my mom (who amazes me with that Super-Mom Mode she totally rocks). It's just so eye-opening to how a non-Christian can change the dynamic of a family. Because that's exactly what's happening in mine right now.
If you're going through a tough time, it may be that the Lord is challenging you so He can draw you closer to Him. I mean, I have to choose everyday if I'm going to be nice and willing to serve, or if I'm going to get upset and frustrated. Mostly I choose to be selfish and get frustrated, but God and I are working on it...
What kind of tough problems are you dealing with? Are there any verses that have helped you through those exhausting, spiritual-growing times?