"God never asks anything of us that He doesn't give us sufficient strength to do. And He never, ever asks it unless it's for our greater good."
"I know all those things, Ella." She sighed. "I just don't feel them in my heart anymore."
"Live them anyway," her friend admonished, a fierce light burning in her eyes. "Faith isn't grounded on emotions. It's grounded on the will. It's grounded in the act of taking up your cross and following the Lord wherever He leads, through good times and bad, through dark days and happy ones. We're not tested and tempered in good times ... Our true test lies in the dark night of our despair."
From the book, Daughter of Joy (Brides of Culdee Creek, Book 1) by Kathleen Morgan. The book is currently free for Kindle users.