Many times we feel life is overwhelming when all we see is trials,
struggles and setbacks. What we must realize is that we have an
opportunity with each trial that comes before us. We can use that
struggle to our benefit by recognizing that in our power we can accomplish
nothing, but when we trust and depend on the Lord, that is when mountains
can move. When we stay in peace despite the hardships, despite the
heartaches, despite the troubles, that is when miracles can happen. I
have learned that the darkest of days is followed by the brightest of
sunshine’s. When I have faced my greatest challenge that is when my
greatest victory followed. What we must remember is that our character is
strengthened by friction. It is strengthened by going through the fire.
It is strengthened by overcoming the obstacles before us. Just as muscle
grows by first being torn down, so it is with us. By going through the
tough times our faith becomes stronger, our will becomes resilient, our
hearts become unwavering and our trust in God becomes never ending.
Be encouraged to see with your eyes of faith the end result of the path
that you are still traveling on. See that you will overcome every trial
before you. See that you will be strong because of the obstacles that
were in your path. See that your faith will be unyielding because you
didn't give up. Knowing that God is still by our side helping us fight
each battle encourages our hearts to know the storms of life are not here
to stay, but they will soon pass. Just as it is darkest before the dawn,
so will our sorrow turn into the greatest joy. When we focus on the end
result, we will not be discouraged by the struggles we currently are going
through. We will have known the secret to peace that surpasses all
understanding. Peace comes in knowing that our life is securely in the
hands of the Lord and nothing can take us away from Him. Rejoice in the
midst of your difficulty. Give God thanks that's your answer is on the
way and have a deep knowing that in God's sight All Is Well!
I hope this message encourages and challenges your heart to rest in the
peace and love of God. No matter your struggles or hardships, see them as
steppingstones to greener pastures. See your difficulty as a way to
elevate you to a higher level.
1. You are strong . . . .
when you take your grief and teach it to smile.
2. You are brave . . . .
when you overcome your fear and help others to do the same.
3. You are happy . . . .
when you see a flower and give it your blessing.
4. You are loving . . . .
when your own pain does not blind you to the pain of others.
5. You are wise . . . .
when you know the limits of your wisdom.
6. You are true . . . .
when you admit there are times you fool yourself.
7. You are alive . . . .
when tomorrow's hope means more to you than yesterday's mistake.
8. You are growing . . . .
when you know what you are but not what you will become.
9. You are free . . . .
when you are in control of yourself and do not wish to control others.
10. You are honorable . . . .
when you find your honor is to honor others.
11. You are generous . . . .
when you can take as sweetly as you can give.
12. You are humble . . . .
when you do not know how humble you are.
13. You are thoughtful . . . .
when you see me just as I am and treat me just as you are.
14. You are merciful . . . .
when you forgive in others the faults you condemn in yourself.
15. You are beautiful . . . .
when you don't need a mirror to tell you.
16. You are rich . . . .
when you never need more than what you have.
17. You are you . . . .
when you are at peace with who you are not.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 37:23-25 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He
delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am
old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath
begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment,
worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we
look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not
seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are
not seen are eternal.”
1 Corinthians 1:26-28 “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many
wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But
God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and
God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which
are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised,
hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things
Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my
supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in
Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my
song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving
strength of His anointed.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: IT'S IN THE VALLEYS I GROW
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Today’s Selected Testimony: STILL LEARNING
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry