All of us will go through dark times that we don’t understand: a difficulty with a friend, an unfair situation at work, a financial setback, an unexpected illness, a divorce, or the loss of a loved one. Those types of experiences are part of the human journey. But when we find ourselves in such a place, it’s important that we keep a positive perspective. Joel Osteen writes that if we stay in faith and keep a good attitude when we go through challenges, we will not only grow, but we will see how all things work together for our good. Through practical applications and scriptural insight, Blessed in the Darkness focuses on how to draw closer to God and trust Him when life doesn’t make sense.
If we will go through the dark place in the valley trusting, believing, and knowing that God is still in control, we will come to the table that is already prepared for us, where our cup runs over.’
About the Author
Joel Osteen is the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. More than ten million viewers watch his weekly televised services each week in the United States, and millions more in 100 nations around the world. He can also be heard twenty-four hours a day on Joel Osteen Radio SiriusXM channel 128. He is the author of eleven national bestselling books and has been named by numerous publications as one of the most influential Christian leaders in the world. He resides in Houston with his wife, Victoria. You can visit his website at http://www.joelosteen.com.
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