This post was written for Five Minute Friday
Word prompt--TRIALS
Five minutes to free write about it
A trial can mean many things. My first thought was of a trial period where you are given the opportunity to try something out before making a commitment. Or the offer of a money back guarantee if you don't like what you purchased.

When I was young, a trial meant a challenge. Challenges were what I thrived on. I loved nothing better than proving people wrong who said something couldn't be done--especially if they said I couldn't do it.  

And then as the years went by, that word increasingly meant adversity, hardship, and affliction. Like unexpectedly becoming a single mom of two young children as the result of an untimely tragedy, or the near death experience that I wrote about in Oil of Myrrh. Not experiences I would ever choose, and yet there was always a testimony down the road to help strengthen my faith and my trust in a loving God who is in control. I have a tabbed notebook full of these testimonies. Each one recorded under the name that describes the aspect of His character that was revealed through it.