"He does not need to transplant us into a different field, but right where we are, with just the circumstances that surround us, He makes His sun to shine and His dew to fall upon us, and transforms the very things that were before our greatest hindrances, into the chiefest and most blessed means of our growth. No difficulties in your case can baffle Him. No dwarfing of your growth in years that are past, no apparent dryness of your inward springs of life, no crookedness or deformity in any of your past development, can in the least mar the perfect work that He will accomplish, if you will only put yourselves absolutely into His hands, and let Him have His own way with you."
from Daily Strength for Daily Needs (2006)
Kelby has been a busy, busy little dude lately--the kind of busy that threatens daily to drive me crazy. I found this excerpt so encouraging yesterday and even more so today. It has been so true in my life that God transforms what seem to me my greatest hindrances into means of most blessed growth. If I can just remember this as my third child enters the terrific twos, maybe instead of whining I'll remember to praise God for the sanctification he is adding to my life just by giving me a two-year-old!