Despite the desire for a life free of toil and struggle, each of us grapples with an issue. No one is immune to difficulties and strife in life. And though painful, each struggle and challenge has a purpose-if we choose to learn something from the experience. We gain valuable lessons from having to contend with an issue, climb a high mountain, negotiate around the stumbling block and meet a challenge head on. We are strengthened by wrestling with the problem. We gain power to face new obstacles that come our way. We provide an example to others facing similar struggles. The resistance against the enemy fuels our growth and faith to do even greater things. We are made better by the struggle. Strengthened By The Struggle is a collection of 40 meditations that talks about everyday struggles and how we learn from those experiences through God's Word. We are inherently strengthened when we choose to meditate on what God says to us while we are in the midst of our struggles.Nathaniel (Nat) Harley, Jr. is a retired Marine Officer employed as a consultant in the defense industry. Nat and his wife, Verlean, are members of Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site) in Fredericksburg, VA, where Nat serves as a deacon and a Sunday School teacher.