Jesus, The Anchor Of My Soul

Sometimes this world can be so overwhelming. There can be a lot that is unsettling. All we have to do is read today’s headlines and we realize there is nothing good. One can only wonder how we can continue day after day with all the continued pain, sorrow, and most of all- the sin and godlessness.

People usually seem to drift about with no thought or concern for tomorrow. This pandemic, however, has given people a reason to pause, to reevaluate, to consider life and the things that are really important to them. Many have suffered loss and social distancing has now more than ever, made us realize we really are created for relationships.

So in the midst of it all, where can one go to find the answers? What can one do to get some consolation? How does one deal with all the questions, all the uncertainty and all the suffering? It is a sobering thought once we realize there is really very little we can control.

So where does our security lie? What can be said of tomorrow?

For the believer, there is hope (Isa 40:31). No matter what has happened yesterday, no matter what lies ahead for today, no matter the unknown for tomorrow, there is a truth that keeps us anchored. His name is Jesus (John 14:6).

In Jesus, we find abounding grace (2 Cor 9:8). Great faithfulness, New mercies (Lam 3:22-23). Renewed strength (Isa 40:31). He is our refuge (Psalm 46:1). In Christ and His Word, His promises and His steadfast love we find an immovable anchor for our souls(Hebrews 6:19). Jesus brings stability in the storms we face. He keeps us steady and keeps us from being wrecked. God finds us no matter what situation we find ourselves in. He walks beside us so we are never alone. He goes before us so He can prepare the way. He follows close behind and He is always there. He is Immanuel, God with us (Isa 7:14, Matt 28:20) and nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:35-39).

So take comfort, dear heart. No matter how overcome we feel at times, we must call to mind the One who is in us is greater and has overcome the world (John 16:33). The troubles of this world are temporary and they will never compare with the glory ahead that is promised to us in Christ (2 Cor 4:17) so be encouraged! Let us love one another (John 13:34) and pray for one another (James 5:16), and as we stay rooted in Him and His word (Col 2:7, John 15), we can point one another towards Christ- OUR ANCHOR always, now and forever.


Where have all the good men gone?

Few things are as divisive as politics. As I try to navigate through this political season, I find myself singing the lyrics of a familiar song from Disney’s Hercules, “Where have all the good men gone, …. I need a hero.”

There seems to be a shortage of good men. It seems as Christians we find ourselves at odds because the choice of candidate one should vote for seems less black and white as the years go by, this year appearing the worst so far for my generation (at least from the looks of it but even this could be subjective).

We find ourselves thinking, debating, praying, wishing, wondering, “What is the right thing to do?” Are we to “pray” and then sit back and watch the outcome unfold? Or should we be active participants who partake in the voting process? Is voting a right or a privilege?

Which issue is more important? Abortion, marriage and sexuality, poverty or race? How about global warming? Or outsourcing? Or fuel economy? Do they seem trivial when compared to the other topics at hand? If you’re laughing, some would say they are of more if not equal importance. Who is right and who is wrong then?

Which issue is closest to the heart of God? Does he value one topic or issue above all else?

However you look at it, as Christians we should view this from a perspective of responsibility and accountability before God, as we do everything else. If the gospel penetrates every area of life, then voting and politics must fall within its realm as well. Politics impacts community and we are to care about the community or city we live in (Jeremiah 29:7).

Are we to love our neighbor? Yes. (Mark 12:31)

Are we all made in the image of God and therefore do we have intrinsic value? Yes (Genesis 1:27)

Are we to live as peaceably as possible with all men? Yes. (Romans 12:18)

Are we to respect government and authority? Yes. (Romans 13:1-2)

Are we to pray for our leaders? Yes. (1 Timothy 2:2)

So how then are we to go about this decision of who to vote for when there aren’t even any assurances? There are many promises but few deliverances of those promises. There are debates and speeches prior to coming into office, but poor performances once actually in office. One party may hold more consistently with the Biblical worldview or standards but then if the character of the person who represents the party is in question or under scrutiny, what is a Christian to do?

How do we go about this responsibly and in a way that is honorable before God? There are a few truths to bear in mind, that I would like to remind us of in navigating this (these are told to us in Scripture and they also remove any undue burden we feel as believers while trying to go about this in a faithful manner):

  1. God is Sovereign and His will cannot be overcome. (Isaiah 46:8-11, Ephesians 1:11)
  2. God is the One who controls the times and seasons and also the one who sets up and removes kings or those in authority while also guiding them. (Daniel 2:21, Proverbs 21:1)
  3. God works ALL things for our good but ultimately His glory and purpose. (Rom 8:28, Colossians 1:27)
  4. Our hope is NOT in the President (whoever this will be in the near future or years down the road). No political entity or party can save. Our Hope and Salvation is in our Savior Jesus Christ alone who is the good man and the hero we very much need and already have. He is the perfect, reigning King.

The conclusion then while bearing these things in mind seems to be that in matters of importance (including voting for the next President) where the answers are all not black and white, we must reason Biblically on the moral and ethical issues that are consistent with Scripture while granting liberty with the issues that aren’t clear or as forthcoming in Scripture. In allowing this principle to guide us, we must ultimately submit our reasoning and decision to prayer.

We cannot reasonably or arrogantly conclude that a Christian who votes one way or the other is being unfaithful or “sinning” for he or she could in their right conscience, intention and attitude before God be making the “right” choice when we know for a fact that neither option is without flaw or sin.

The point here is that ultimately, we are not called to bring about real lasting change through political activism and neither is our hope resting in any one man or leader of a nation. We do our due diligence in participating faithfully in the process and partaking in voting but it isn’t the be all and end all. Why? Because we aren’t capable of changing the hearts of men.

Hearts are changed and transformed by the Word of God, not political reform. The government isn’t called to advance the truth of gospel and stand for Christian values, the Church is. Sure Jesus said to give to Caesar’s what is Caesar’s but He also said give to God what belongs to God (Mark 12:17). In other words, submit to the government, follow the rules, pay your taxes but LIVE for God and for His glory alone.

Why again is all this important? Because ultimately the collective change in a nation will only be reflected when it begins in a singular heart that is transformed by the gospel. One heart within one home. Changed hearts impact communities that will then eventually bring about cultural and national transformation.

We are to be the light of the world (Matt 5:16) because of our love for the Lord and our “good works.” (Ephesians 2:10) Voting, as a good work has public significance and implications because as believers we are to live in a way where the gospel permeates all areas of life (including politics) and the leaders who come into power will have an impact on our community and beyond.

Maybe all this doesn’t make sense and maybe you didn’t find the answer you were looking for in reading this article. This is because in the end, the fact of the matter is no one can tell you x, y or z is the right person to vote for. Even if you are so torn, that you conclude not to vote, God’s love for you doesn’t diminish. God is gracious and merciful. He understands we cannot always know what the right thing to do is. Our understanding has limitations and our decisions can be far from perfect.

Our responsibility comes down to being good stewards, faithful in prayer and action in our decisions in the midst of all the confusion and chaos. Either way, the decision is individual but ultimately as believers, even among all the unrest, WE REST. We rest in knowing that no matter what the process, the decision, or the outcome, Christ is our assurance and ONLY HOPE, for our nation and for the world, here and for all eternity.

I want to leave you with one of my favorite hymns. It brings me great comfort knowing my Savior lives and that my life and the lives of my loved ones are in His hands:

Because He Lives

God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives

How sweet to hold a newborn baby
And feel the pride and joy He gives
But greater still the calm assurance
This child can face uncertain days, because He lives

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives

And then one day, I’ll cross the river
I’ll fight life’s final war with pain
And then, as death gives way to victory
I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He reigns

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives


He Loved Them To The End

Jesus knew His purpose while He was on this earth. He was always about His Father’s will. He never lost sight of this and we see that when He states this repeatedly in Scripture that He was about His Father’s business (Luke 2:49). 

Can you imagine living in the world KNOWING that a day would come when you would be hated by man? KNOWING you would be rejected by many? KNOWING you would die a cruel death? And despite knowing all this, you would continue in love and compassion unto others until that day arrived?
Yet, despite all of these things, Jesus loves His own with such a fierce love. And that too, till the very end. “To the end” is eis telos, meaning, literally, that He loved them to the uttermost, in full strength, effectively and properly. It is a perfect love. 

A few hours before He would get arrested and go to the Cross, He doesn’t display selfishness or focus on the glory that would be His after the Cross. In the last few hours of freedom, Jesus chooses to put His loved ones before Himself. He chooses to show them His love for them so they would KNOW once more that He loved them. He chooses humility. Jesus could have taken these hours to be by Himself, to do what He wanted to do, which would be completely understandable but instead He humbles Himself and washes their feet. He prepares His disciples for their future earthly ministry that would come. He loves them … He girds Himself with humility …He pours Himself out …He washes their feet.
Even on the Cross, He thinks of his mother and makes sure she would be cared for in the command He gives John. He cares for the thief next to Him who reaches out to Him. Jesus was anything but selfish.                                         

What an example for us! That we may follow our Master’s example in this way. That we would love and serve one another in humility. That we would be united. That we would be of one mind and truly be of one spirit, knowing Jesus lived, served and died setting an example for us.
Jesus says it is by this type of love that the world will know we are His disciples. This is the love that sets us apart from the world. This is the love that marks a Christian. May God grant us the desire to grow in humility and love, the same qualities He displayed for us. May He grant us the fervor to pursue KNOWING Him daily and be a witness always of His perfect love.

Is It God’s Mercy Or Is It God’s Grace?

As believers, we must recognize and be grateful for the standing we have with Christ. Sometimes in Christianity we throw around terms and don’t always understand what they really mean.
The words “Grace” and “Mercy” are sometimes used interchangeably but they mean two very different things.
Grace is CHARIS or undeserved favor bestowed on us by God and it is also the divine state of grace in which we stand (Rom 5:2) or live in.
Mercy is ELEOS or compassion God has on us due to which He doesn’t punish us as we deserve. It is mercy that comes in Christ through redemption (Rom 15:9).

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Jesus, The Good Shepherd (Psalm 23)

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The Bible intentionally refers to us as Sheep. When God calls us sheep, it is by no means a compliment. Sheep need a lot of help (this is a whole study on its own!) and they absolutely cannot survive without the shepherd and what he does for them.

With Jesus as MY Shepherd, I lack nothing. What does He do for me? He:

-guides me

-leads me

-protects me

-gives me shelter

-makes me feel safe

-provides for me

-gives me rest

-gives me food for my body and Spirit

-refreshes me

In Him, I have security.  In Him, I am content. In Him, I have hope. With Him leading me, I have no need to fear. I have joy and life abundant. I can be confident in my Lord. I can trust in His love and His grace.

A good shepherd protects his sheep at the cost of his own life, if need be. And Jesus, being The Good Shepherd, laid His life down for His sheep, for us, for me.

When I go astray, my Shepherd leaves the 99 to go look for me and He doesn’t stop until He has found me. Oh Lord, how amazing is Your love and Your commitment to me.

Psalm 37:23-25
If the LORD delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand. I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.

Scripture Memory Tips

Memorizing Scripture is so crucial to the health of our spiritual walk. Sadly, most Scripture I have committed to memory is from my childhood days. Truth be told, it gets so much harder to memorize things the older we get. This doesn’t mean we have to give up. There are ways we can still successfully memorize God’s Word. Here are a few tips that have personally helped me (I don’t always use all of these methods consistently but they have definitely proven helpful!). Do you regularly memorize Scripture? If so, what methods do you use or what methods have worked for you?

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A Nurse’s Life

Before I start, I want to state the reason for my writing is, not to bring shame or judgment on Senator Walsh but, to provide information on something I believe is important.

I have been thinking a lot, as have other nurses, about the recent comments made by Senator Maureen Walsh. Since then, there have been several brilliant memes I came across, that have made me laugh out loud. The thought itself -of nurses playing cards at work- is ludicrous. At first, when I heard the statement that was made, I thought there had to be more to it. Reading it was one thing, but to watch the video and witness her attitude and tone of voice was another- I couldn’t believe my ears. I heard her referred to as the Joy Behar of 2019. Every nurse can recall Behar’s comment about nurses using doctors stethoscopes. Many may disagree that she doesn’t represent the general public, but regardless, her comment indeed confirmed the fact of how little people know about what nurses actually do, and you don’t have to work long in healthcare to realize this. I found it surprising to hear Senator Walsh’s mother is a nurse because anyone who knows or has lived with a nurse can understand and appreciate, despite the tremendous rewards, how grueling the profession can be.

If you are not a nurse, then you won’t completely get what it is about her comment that is so upsetting to over 3 million nurses.

Once when I heard a patient yelling for a nurse I wondered why is it that they never yell for a doctor? There is a reason why the patient screams “Nurse! Nurse!” when they need our attention. Why? This is because we are often the first point of contact for a patient in the hospital (unless registration beats us 😀 this is for the ED nurses). During their course of care, we are their advocate, comforter, caregiver and everything else in between.

Nurses wear many hats but get paid for wearing one. Not counting the things that are out of my scope of practice, I don’t use the phrase “it’s not my job” because there are many things I can do if I choose to. However, for the sake of time management and efficient care of my patients, I, practically speaking, can’t possibly do them all. I have to recognize the importance of teamwork and mutual respect among colleagues so we can give our patients the best care possible with the mindset of working together for their best possible outcome. However, if there is a need then I have to do what I must. Example – a CT scan for a stroke patient. I am not a transporter but you bet I have wheeled that stretcher to CT and back, despite my bad driving.

Nurses work long hours often standing, bending, pushing, pulling or lifting through most of these hours. One family member once said he watched me for just a few minutes and he got tired just watching me walk back and forth the number of times I did. There are days when I come home, I can feel my feet literally throbbing and aching because I literally maybe sat down twice in my 12 hr shift.

Nurses suffer from assault and occupational injury- too often. Violence towards nurses is a shameful and growing trend in healthcare, while back pain and back injuries are the most common occupational injuries among nurses due to the physically demanding nature of our job.

Electronic Documentation- can look to the patient like we are doing nothing but standing in front of a computer during this time. The truth is, however, that documentation takes a good portion of our time during the day as well, as we have to document accurately and in a timely fashion because every nurse knows that if it wasn’t documented, it wasn’t done (even though nurses do way more than we get/take credit for).

Meal/Proper Break times- are often inconsistent for many nurses. I remember in my career there were days I would work 14 hours and bring my lunch back home and my mom would exclaim, “what!!?? you didn’t eat your lunch?” to which I barely had the energy to explain or respond because my priorities at that moment were a warm shower and my bed and maybe some Tylenol for the headache. Breaks are essential for decreasing fatigue and improving the safety and quality of patient care. Why? Decreased fatigue means nurses are on alert and vigilant which in turn helps prevent errors. This is why over the years there has been constant lobbying for proper breaks and safe staffing for nursing.

Staffing ratios –Senator Walsh insinuated that nurses complain about being tired after working long hours but what she doesn’t get is that it isn’t the number of hours that’s the problem- it’s the workload in those number of hours. The population is sicker which means the acuity is higher, while the shortage of nurses worsens every year. In various studies and surveys, fatigue and understaffing are among the top reasons for burnout and many nurses leaving or considering leaving the profession. For nurses who work in understaffed conditions (and every nurse has been in this situation at one or multiple points in their career), one nurse often does the work of two and now, definitely, out goes the lunch and bathroom breaks.

Despite all (and sadly, these aren’t all) these obstacles and hurdles, as nurses, we love our patients and try to give them our very best. We put the needs of our patients above our own, and for myself, I can say I have to rely on God and His grace to get me through every day at work.

Nurses don’t work because we are looking or approval or accolades but it sure feels good to be appreciated and treated with respect.

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,” Colossians 3:23

♥ Thank you to all my nurses out there. Know that you make a difference- all day, every day- in the lives of your patients. ♥

What Happened On Good Friday?

As Good Friday is just around the corner, a thought came to my mind – Isn’t it odd that a day where a sinless, perfect and blameless Savior was crucified is deemed “Good”?

There was unimaginable suffering on that day.

Crucifixion was death by suffering and was the worst form of death imaginable. The Romans had perfected the form of punishment and torture.

Prior to the actual Crucifixion, Christ had to carry the Cross all the way up to the hill where He would be crucified. That path was by no means an easy one. And prior to walking this path, He had been scourged in the most torturous way.

Mark 15 has one of the most detailed accounts of Jesus’s Crucifixion:

They BOUND HIM (v.1)

They ACCUSED HIM (v.3)

They TESTIFIED AGAINST HIM (v.4)

They HANDED HIM OVER (v.10)

They STIRRED UP THE CROWD (v. 11)

They DEMANDED THEY CRUCIFY HIM (v. 13, v.14)

They LED HIM INTO THE PRAETORIUM (v.16)

They CLOTHED HIM IN PURPLE (v.17)

They TWISTED A CROWN OF THORNS ON HIS HEAD (v.17)

They MOCKED HIM (v.18, v. 19, v.20)

They STRUCK HIM ON THE HEAD (v.19)

They SPAT ON HIM (v.19)

They LED HIM OUT TO CRUCIFY HIM (v.20)

They BROUGHT HIM TO GOLGOTHA (v.22)

They CRUCIFIED HIM (v.24)

They DIVIDED HIS GARMENTS (v.24)

They CRUCIFIED HIM (v.25)

They BLASPHEMED HIM (v.29)

They further MOCKED HIM (v.31)

They REVILED HIM (v.32)

Our Savior went through all of this so we didn’t have to be separated from Him for eternity. He suffered so that we can have life. He gave Himself up for our sake.

When we put our trust in Him and what He alone has done to save us from the power of sin and death, we are saved and He is glorified.

He is now at the right hand of God. Thank God for making a way for us to come to Him. Thank God for GOOD FRIDAY. He suffered so we don’t have to. He died so we can live! We literally owe Him our lives (Gal 2:20)

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor 5:21

God pursued us and while we were yet sinners, He died for us (Rom 5:8), Love came down because there was no other way. God became man to rescue us and He dwelt among us (John 1:14), He paid for our sins (1 Peter 2:24), He defeated/conquered death (1 Cor 15:57) and that is GOOD.

Only God Can Judge Me, So Please Back Off

You are about to jump off a plane and you put on your parachute, but it has a defect which you don’t notice and someone else does. This person approaches you and says, “Hey, something’s wrong with your parachute.” Would you respond with, “Hey that’s ok, doesn’t bother me.”? Also, in light of the given situation, would you care about the manner in which you found out, or just be relieved that you realized the problem before you jumped? Maybe the person didn’t phrase it so eloquently, or maybe they physically pulled you back and you fell down, but I think you would agree when I say that the only thing that really matters here, is that you found out the truth before it was too late, because it determined whether you lived or died. 

The famous “Judge not, lest ye be judged” from Matthew 7 is often quoted with utter disregard to its context in an attempt to silence someone when one doesn’t like what he or she is hearing. For the same reason, one also shouts, “Are you judging me? or “Only God can judge me!!” Well, I don’t disagree, but is this person really judging you, or do you just not like what you are hearing? Did it hit a nerve? Just because you may not like what you are hearing, doesn’t make it untrue. To go even further, if only God can judge you, THAT SHOULD TERRIFY YOU! It definitely gets my attention enough to listen to what God has to say, and it should yours as well.

Hebrews 9:27 tells us that after we die we face judgment. It is a sobering reminder indeed. We will all be held accountable for every word (Matt 12:36), every thought, every deed, every action- in essence, to summarize, we will each have to give an account of our lives lived here during our time on earth (Romans 14:12) and please, make no mistake- Death isn’t cessation of life; it is a continuation of life in one of two places: heaven or hell. And no, hell isn’t a “made up” place. The same people who believe in heaven don’t want to believe in hell, because one is a pleasant idea, and the other is not, but they are both practical realities and not just “ideas.”

What people miss in Matthew 7 is the rest of the passage. Here are the first two verses: 1.“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.” The key point to note here is the attitude with which we tell a person something or point something out. There is a truthful and loving way, then there’s the hypocritical or self-righteous way i.e. Jesus vs. the Pharisees in the Bible. 

When we, as Christians, are trying to share something or have a conversation, we must, at all times, remember what has been forgiven of us, what has been done for us. Grace and mercy have been poured out, love has been lavished, a price was paid for our sins so that we are in the place which we now stand in freedom. We didn’t do a single thing to deserve this love or life that was paid for by Christ. When we keep this at the forefront of our minds, it will allow us to be humble and loving in our interaction with the other person, and not arrogant. When we realize we have been forgiven much, we will love much (Luke 7:47) and this is what should guide the tone in our conversation with others.

None of this may still have bearing on how the person will choose to respond. He or she may still feel hurt, or not want to acknowledge what is being spoken about, but that is because the truth is often not easy to hear. Responding to Christ’s call takes changing one’s life while laying down one’s pride while refusing to be offended; it is a willing act of surrender, and, ultimately, the Holy Spirit has to do the work or repentance and transformation. We don’t carry the burden of the outcome of how one responds. It is solely the work of God. So in regards to the person who is trying to listen, pray and trust that God will work in his or her heart, while you share. One important point to realize is that you don’t have to sacrifice truth in the name of speaking in love. You can have both.

On a side note, the world does not want to hear that God is going to judge everyone, it only wants to hear that he is kind. When it hears otherwise, it labels Christians as judgmental or intolerant. God’s love doesn’t negate or make irrelevant His justice. His justice is satisfied even in his love and we see this in the way he made for us through Christ. Sin was still paid for and our freedom was attained. Both were accomplished.

I love this quote by Tozer:

“The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly
has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions.”

-A.W. Tozer

No one can just live how they want to live and then expect to enter heaven one day. Since the price for sin, our sin, was paid for by Christ Jesus, we can now enter heaven -but only if we acknowledge Christ as Savior and the way we live will show it, if we truly believe this.

We all have loved ones in this world who are walking around with malfunctioning parachutes and we want to tell them in the hopes that they would listen. It is our desire that they will not perish. Our motivating factor should be our love for them, and the fear of them spending eternity away from God, in hell, in agony.

“Oh the love of Jesus! What it is- None but his loved ones know” (Jesus, the very thought of Thee.)

If you know me personally and have any questions or want to have a conversation, I’m always willing! There is nothing in this life I want you to know more than the love of Jesus. I want you to have a safe landing. It determines where and how you spend your eternity and I care enough about you to share. I hope you choose life if you haven’t already!

 

 

 

 

7 Reminders To Push Past Despair

The last few months have been really difficult for me. Deep down in my heart and soul, I know my God is with me and He IS and always will be my God of all comfort. I have learned to stand on His Word and overcome the really tough days but sometimes there are days where you just, I don’t know, want to give up. You just want to throw in the towel. I know you have been there.

I have had my “thorn in the flesh” so to speak. We all have our own.  So there are days where I have told God I am angry with Him or I’m frustrated with what He is putting me through. I have cried tears of sorrow, of feeling empty, of feeling despair, and of just not wanting to have expectations anymore. It is just too painful. If we don’t have expectations, we won’t be disappointed. But is this any way to live?

In 2 Cor 4:8 Paul says, in his circumstances, he is perplexed but not despairing. The word used here for despair is exaporeo, which means “no way out” or “utterly at a loss”, “no solution”, “no exit.” See but Paul says we are NOT despairing. God IS with us. We are never alone and we have every reason for hope.

Here are 7 reminders to push past despair :

1.For everything we go through, someone is going through worse. Perspective makes us grateful and thankful regardless of our circumstances.

(1 Thessalonians 5:18)

2.For every instance of pain or trial, God has His purpose for allowing it in our lives and this purpose is far more glorious that we can imagine or understand. He is Sovereign. He also has the purpose of teaching us obedience and utter dependence on Him in trusting Him in every aspect especially our worries and cares.

(Isaiah 46:10) (2 John 1:6) (1 Peter 5:7)

3.God owes us nothing, yet His mercy and grace have allowed us to live and have life abundant due to the sacrifice of Christ. His love for us is unlike any other and we must trust He knows what He is doing even if we don’t like it or don’t understand it all the time. He gives us the necessary faith to believe and trust amidst our trials.

(1 Timothy 1:14)

4.Through this trial, He is perfecting us so that we will be mature and complete, lacking nothing.

(James 1:4)

5.When we are feeling weak, we must confess our weak faith and ask God to help us while holding on to truth;

truth about His character : He is good (Psalm 145:9), and

truth about the why-am-i-going-through-this? : so that I can grow and so that I can help another who goes through the same, so that I can learn to comfort others with the comfort I have been given from God (2 Cor 1:4)

6. We must stand on the Hope that is promised to us in Christ (1 Cor 15:19), a hope that goes beyond this world. This hope isn’t ordinary and it doesn’t have expectations from this world because this world will surely disappoint.

This hope is one that doesn’t disappoint and is guaranteed in the life to come. It will not fail us. He will not fail us. We look forward to and long for that day when Christ will return for us and we will rejoice in His presence without the pains of this life and the trials of this world.

7.At the end of this painful journey, I will have a story and God will get the glory.

(John 9:3)

I think of how this happened in the lives of Abraham, Joseph, Moses and David. They all went through much pain and waiting, but in the journey they had to learn to yield to Him, to submit to Him, to wait on Him, even when they didn’t understand, even when they couldn’t see with their natural eyes, even when all hope seemed beyond their reach. They entrusted themselves to the God who created them and loved them through their journey and they watched the beautiful story unfold and in the end, God got the glory due unto His name.

So don’t give up, friend. Suffering and trials have their place and their purpose in our lives. Know and believe that God is good and if He is good and merciful then He must be allowing this in your life for a reason.

Instead of running away from Him, allow this opportunity to teach you to lean into Him more and depend totally on Him and your strength will be renewed (Isaiah 40:31), and your mind filled with perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3) that can come only from being in His presence because He loves and assures you and He alone is your ultimate reward (Genesis 15:1).