“I want to praise God for the storms and the hard times. I thank Him for when you’re being beaten by the winds, your hands are torn just holding on for dear life, you’re soaked to the bone, losing items overboard and exhausted from crying out. Because, when the storm breaks, and you see blue sky, you’re stronger from weathering the beating winds. You’re more confident in your footing from riding the waves. Your hands are callused and prepared to work again. You’re washed clean and fresh. You’re life is lighter from what you left behind and you’ve earned your rest.” – Ellis Benus