God spoke to me today, many times, with the same message. Today’s blog post wasn’t going to be about this, but I felt that I had to listen to Him.
We all have personal trials. Losing loved ones. Battling Breast Cancer. Recent divorces. Illness. Broken hearts. Financial struggles. Job loss. These are just a few of the battles that I know many are facing today. Mine are trite in comparison to these, however; when dealing with my own world of struggles they are enormous to me. But it’s not what the struggle is, but my understanding of why I am, where I am at this very moment. That my friends, is what I want you to hear from me. It keeps me strong and comforted, even in times of tremendous pain.
Each day I read a devotion from Girlfriends in God. It’s the lazy way to get a little daily prayer – I mean it shows up in my in-box every morning. It’s kind of Devotion-For-Dummies. But hey, it works! I read through it everyday. And so on this Wednesday morning the passage was about trials and how we respond to them. What do we do when we experience them? Do we turn to God or turn away from God? The passage spoke to me deeply, as this topic has resurfaced lately in my own world of single girlfriends and the heartbreaks they are experiencing. And the question becomes…why is this happening to me? I posted the following excerpt on my facebook page:
Trials can lead us to a greater dependency on God and a deeper trust in His sovereignty if we let them. I’m reminded that in every situation I come to a crossroad and have a choice: I can pout or I can praise. I can turn away from God because I don’t understand or I can turn toward God in full assurance that His understanding is enough for the both of us – even if it hurts – even if anger lingers – even if doubt looms. -Gwen Smith, Girlfriends in God
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” (James 1: 2-3).
Later this morning I received a private message from a friend asking if I would pray for her. She had made a decision that she was now unsure of. She didn’t know if she should change her mind and if so, what would be the consequence. As a result of her decision one door had shut and a recent relationship ended. I am no counselor, but I said to her, “Do you think God has closed those doors for you because He has something else better for you?” She replied, “Maybe so.” Recently another dear friend experienced a break-up; much like I had many months ago. I could feel her pain – I knew exactly that gut-wrenching feeling she was going through. But my steadfast answer to her was the same she counseled to me, “God has another plan for you. Feel peace and comfort in that because He will not let you down.”
As my day ended, I scrolled through my instagram and found the graphic above:
What if everything you’re going through right now is preparing you for a dream bigger than you can imagine.
How Powerful. How Beautiful. How Simple. How True. Let us realize that we will rise again from our troubles. I firmly believe that while we may not know the why as to what is happening; there is a reason and God will reveal it to me in time. Please, those of you struggling; find comfort in this.
Be Well and Be Blessed my friends.
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