Multiple times this year, I've found myself in moments and situations when something I'd planned and worked so hard for, just didn't quite work out. It seemed like no matter how hard I prayed or prepared, God allowed doors to remain closed. I embraced the simple truth that no matter how hard you knock, God will not open a door you are not supposed to walk through.
Just as God promises blessings, He also promises that we will experience trials. In this life we will go through hard times, we'll endure pain and we may walk through storms that seem absolutely unbearable. But every part of our story makes us who we are.