Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | February 28, 2013

Where is God in the Battle?

Beautiful BattlefieldsRomans 5:3-5 “We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame.”

Recently, we joined a family in celebrating the life of a remarkable young woman who, along with her husband and children, fought an incredibly valiant battle with cancer.  Throughout the year-long fight, beautiful things grew.  This amazing woman was an example of faith, trust, strength and hope in spite of overwhelming odds.  The world will say that she lost her battle with cancer;  however, believers know that she won a victory for her Lord and Savior.

She was an extraordinary example of what faith can do–shine a light into darkness, flow water through a desert and bring hope to the hopeless.  While death brought an end to her life on earth, she lives on in the lives of her husband and children.  And heaven will never be the same.

Last week, I read a book called “Beautiful Battlefields” by Bo Stern.  Stern’s husband, Steve, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  While some might give up and cry out in anger blaming God, Bo and Steve Stern decided to run toward God.

In part one of “Beautiful Battlefields”, Stern talks about all the beautiful things you receive on the battlefields of life–provision, supernatural strength, endurance, eternal perspective and joy and sorrow.  In the second part, strategies for growing stronger teach how to feel secure in spite of the shaking, be obedient in spite of God’s unpredictability, find an army of loyal and unshakable friends, avoid bitterness, speak strength and become brave.  No matter what battlefield you’ve been called to, God is using it for a purpose.  Bo Stern walks you through finding that purpose.

“Beautiful Battlefields” is inspiring, encouraging, and life-changing.  Everyone should read this book in preparation for whatever battle they will someday come.  To find out more about the Sterns and Beautiful Battlefields, visit

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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