1st half, 2nd half of year 2007

As I write, this year 2007 is now 7 months old. This a little over half of the year, God allowed things to happen. Tests. That I may prove my faith in Him. That I may learn to receive His grace to endure it. He certainly has not removed all the tests and pains yet. But the second half of the year, God is starting to show how I can be much closer to Him and better than before. God is now beginning to work the losses all out for gain, for His glory. It's a "brand-new emotion" I've not experienced the first half of this year. Is it the kind of life Jesus promised when I lose mine for His sake (Matthew 16:25)?