"Be prepared, this road is one full of twists and turns, with many heartaches along the way. Adoption is heartbreak. The fact that a child, before it can be adopted, must be abandoned first or have parents die an untimely death. Heartache. Yes, it is redemptive in that God brings families and children together and creates His family.
But the cross was a beautiful tragedy, wasn't it? That there was nothing but to shed the blood of our perfect, blameless Savior on a terrible cross for all mankind. That God had to give His only son. That His own people scorned Him and His very disciple turned Him over. Heartache. But the redemption. Oh, the redemption. Because of the pain suffered, we sinners are saved. Praise Him." - author unknown
"What my friend needed to know is that her troubles are not the marks of failure, but of Christ-following. Christ’s love leads us into places that no one else wants to go, where the stench and the mess and the heartache push out the well-dressed and the well-behaved." - Tonia
For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.” Phil. 1:27-29