My respect for all of you has increased; I admire you all very much. Jesus told us in no uncertain terms that we would experience hardship in this world and encouraged us by saying, also in no uncertain terms, that He has overcome the world. From reading through this thread, it's clear that many of us have suffered and can attest to His sustaining grace, love, and strength. When Jesus sent the disciples across the sea in a boat He knew they would experience hardship. They saw Him walking on the very thing threatening their lives. We read later on that they reached the other side......they made it.... they made it with His help. I have taken great encouragement from that. If He helped them, He will, and has, helped me reach the other side. Then looking back, I can now see that Romans 8:28 was in full effect.