I’ve been reading through the Bible (by the way, I hope you’ve done that – it’s great) and I’m noticing something. Every person in Scripture who was called by God suffered. Every single one. Abraham, Moses, Ruth, Esther, David, every disciple, Mary, Joseph, JESUS. God allowed them to suffer physically, spiritual and emotionally. As parents, we hate seeing our kids suffer. We want to protect them. But if every single man and woman of God suffers shouldn’t we expect our kids and us to suffer, too? James says we should count it all JOY when we go through trials. Making it easy for our kids isn’t helping them. Let them walk through the trails but point to James and encourage JOY as God molds our kids into what HE wants them to be.