3. . . . we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
4. perseverance, character; and character, hope.
1. I have not suffered as intensely as many others; yet, I too have suffered.
2. Mostly, I was not aware I suffered; yet, a few times, I was.
3. Suffering beyond a certain point becomes intolerable; help to endure is needed.
4. A theme in my children’s description of me is: I persevere.
5. The product of suffering produced perseverance in me.
6. A conviction came over me: truth was what I demanded of myself.
7. That was character emerging in me.
8. This is when I became comfortable with myself; whether it drowns me or crowns me, what I say is what I mean.
9. I have assurance that whatever challenges me, all will work out for me and mine and yours; this is hope inside of me.
10. Hope is powerful, because you can see a brighter day to come;
11. those, who see it, understand that is what the day will become.