Growing Pains

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“Everything you have gone through, and everything you are facing now, is the fertilizer to help grow you into your destiny. It doesn’t seem good, but it is a necessary component to help you grow”

The loneliest times in life have the ability to produce the greatest testimonies ever told. There is purpose in everything we go through whether we know it or not. It may not feel good in the moment, but it will eventually become good for where we are headed.

Life has a funny way of not making sense when we want it to. It has a way of knocking us down, tearing us apart, and stressing us out. It has a way of making us feel inadequate and incapable of accomplishing the tasks we have set out to do in our lives. Things happen…plans get ruined, promises get broken, time and time again things fall through, and we’re left wondering how things will piece themselves together.

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”    Romans 8:28

Stop worrying and look to God…trust Him…believe Him. Even if you have no idea how this life could get better, He does. He hasn’t forgotten you, instead, He is already at work piecing together the solution. We are all vessels under construction, and it can get messy sometimes. We are being restored to our former selves, our God-ordained selves. This process to wholeness and restoration can be ugly at times. Think about it: Building a house takes time, and restoring one can take even longer. When someone goes to renovate a house, there are usually hidden things that are not seen. Those issues are not revealed until someone goes deep enough into the process and finds them. If these things aren’t fixed, then the house won’t stand. When people use certain parts of the house, or when the weather gets bad, it will ultimately fall apart and be destroyed.

““Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine [Jesus], and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine [Jesus], and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.””   Matthew 7:24-27 NKJV

Jesus is our foundation…we have to let Him build us on Himself! We do not know how important our base is until things in our life get weak. If the foundation of a house falls apart, then so will the entire house. It is the same with people. We fall apart without a solid foundation…believers in Christ and unbelievers in Christ alike. We NEED Jesus to be our foundation. Without Him, we crumble and fall. We accomplish little to nothing that God put us on this earth to accomplish, and our lives in the end serves as unfulfilled.

Knowing God, having relationship with Him, sets us up to be purposeful and fully filled doing even the smallest of things for Him. Even if it seems like you’re messing up at every turn, look to God. Cry out to Him because He hears you; but once you cry out make sure you sit and listen. He always has something to say, but we have to be willing to be still enough to listen then be obedient to what He is saying. It could be as simple as, “Lift your head and smile, it’s going to be okay” or “Stop doing ….. It is bad for you and it keeps bringing you back to this place of sorrow, frustration, destruction and discomfort”.

Heed the voice of God. He loves you, and He has something amazing to say to you and to do in your life. Stop fighting against what He is saying because you don’t want to stop doing what you are doing. He knows better than us. He is already in our tomorrow, so if He says stop, no, go, pause or something else…we have to be willing to listen.

““For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”   Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV

He knows who you are and the destiny that awaits you! Don’t run from Him, run to Him. His correction is out of love and what He knows is best for you. Heed His voice. Lift your head…He is still at work molding and shaping your life.

“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;”.     Philippians 1:6 NKJV

Be encouraged and continue!!

I am praying for you! Keep your head up, and remember: God loves you, and His provision of strength and joy is just an ask away. God Bless!!

In faith,

Arnita Faith

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You Matter

God Saw Need For You

 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.    John 3:16-17

YOU MATTER!!! Do you know that?! Did you know that nothing you’ve been through takes away from your value or your worth? It doesn’t matter what anybody else says, or what other people think!!! YOU MATTER!!! You are loved and thought of often by God, the One who create Heaven and all the galaxies. God loved you so much that He thought of you thousands of years ago knowing that you would be born and in need of a Savior; He even sent His own Son to be that Savior.

A Savior that would come and lay down His life for you, so you wouldn’t have to lay down your own. A Savior that came because He could not fathom you being away from Him for all of eternity. A Savior that came and died on the cross for our sins to bring us back in to a relationship with God, our Father and Creator. A Savior that when He died, He snatched the keys of death and hell from satan’s grasp just so we would not have to live there. He came and redeemed you with His blood, sweat and tears. He was beaten, bruised, and discarded, just so you wouldn’t have to be kicked out from the sight and relationship of God. Did you know, that there was Someone who loved you that much? Someone who would rather die than see you die? Who would be discarded so you wouldn’t have to be? Someone willing to be torn apart so that you could be made whole? Did you know? Did you know that you matter that much? That your worth far outweighs the rubies and gold in all the earth? Did you know? Did you know, that Someone thinks about you often? So often that His thoughts of you out number all the grains of sand in the world (Psalm 139: 17-18), did you know?

You Matter! You are Special! You’ve been created for a purpose with a purpose! You were born into the earth at this time in history with a special reason and purpose. Did you know, that there is something inside of you that is worth far more than any price value in all the earth? That regardless of what you been through, where you’ve been, what you have or have not done, or even what you have said…you are special and necessary for this generation. Regardless of what people have said about you, or maybe still saying about you…God loves you and He knows how special and important you are. He created you because it is necessary for you to be on this earth at this time in history. You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26)! He does not create worthless junk, but exquisite hidden treasures.

“For we are God’s masterpiece…created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

“God saw all that He had made, and it was very good” Genesis 1:31

God created you, and sees you as a good work, a masterpiece created to inspire, and impact the earth! Did you know that? If not, now you do! It is time for you to get to know who you really are, and Whose you really are. It is time for you to get to know the One who created you! You were made to be different. Your differences make you perfect for the plan God has laid out for your life. You are a pivotal part of history! Stop allowing life, others, and even yourself discount your true value. You are not a snack, but a four-course meal! Not everyone can afford what you’re worth. Everyone is not privileged to partake of who you are. You are worth so much more than words can even express.

You are loved by God…your life is worth more than where you are…things will get better…the place and heartache you’re in WILL NOT last forever…the disappointment you feel will not be forever…your future is brighter than the sun…God is on your side and perfecting all that concerns you (Psalm 138:8)…keep your eyes on Him and be encouraged!

I will lift up my eyes to the hills– From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber…Indeed, He who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The LORD Himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.     Psalm 121

 

I pray that this pours in those empty places in your life that have been depleted and dried up due to the wind and waves of life. I pray that your smile has grown brighter, and you love for Jesus Christ is growing deeper. He is on your side and He is cheering you on. If this impacted you please share and comment below! I love you guys! God Bless!

In Faith,

Arnita Faith