In Uncategorized on April 10, 2013 at 5:26 AM

406110_587867181226881_1946579962_nWhen some unexpected pain comes into your life, how do you react? Do you immediately look over your shoulder for someone to blame? Do you lose heart and assume that God must not be real because He wouldn’t have let that happen? We all have different ways of coping with suffering. However, God is still in control. He hasn’t forgotten you, and He sees your pain.

There was a Godly man named Job who lived amidst great riches and was called the greatest of all men in the East. One day, God pointed Job out for his faithfulness and Satan demanded to test him. But Satan had no right to mount a campaign against that righteous man, a fact sometimes missed. We know he had no right because he had to ask permission. Inexplicably permission was Granted. Job was tested, and God was glorified in the end. The Story of Job shouts loudly to us that God is in control, Satan cannot lay a finger even on the flesh of a man or woman or child without God’s express permission. And though all the world may rage, Satan cannot take our eternal lives, God has decreed it!

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ” Romans 8: 38-39

So in the midst of this, I don’t have any big life lessons, other than to lean into what I know to be true:

  1. God loves me.
  2. This too will pass.
  3. Be grateful—if not for all things then in all things.
  4. Do the next right thing.
  5. Don’t push myself too hard.
  6. Get plenty of rest.
  7. Eat right.
  8. Prayer matters.

The most important lesson I have learned in all my mess, tests, trials and disappointments is to trust God in EVERY circumstance. Lots of time when we go through different trials and following God’s plans seems like it doesn’t make any sense at all but He is God. God is always in control and He will never leave us nor forsake us. So as for the why’s, I don’t have the complete answer but I know that God allows us to go through the exact experiences He wants us to have in order to shape the specific destiny He has designed for us and that may include some tragedies and then again the triumphs.



Keeping It Simple & Straightforward


  1. Thanks for your post, it really speaks of God’s faithfulness in every situation. I do have a small issue with one of your pictures. It says: “Sometimes the strongest people…. cry behind closed doors and fights battles that nobody knows about.” The problem I have with this quote is that it encourages suffering in silence. As one who has been through some major suffering, I find that hiding it is detrimental. When we hide our suffering it shuts doors of encouragement and help that God may have put in our lives for that very moment when we need it. Job didn’t suffer in private. We shouldn’t either.
    Unfortunatley the Church has a big problem with this. We hide our true lives from those around us which makes us seem shallow and unrealistic to the world. The fact that this quote praises those who suffer alone also discourages those who need help and seek it.
    Ok- that’s the end of my soap box… ( :

    • Eloquently stated and Thank you for this point of view… I too have been through circumstances that if it were not for God I don’t know where I would be. Nevertheless to the general public I was healthy, happy and content to those who didn’t know my personal struggles. To my pastor, counselor and inner circle they knew better and were my armor bearers (closed doors). But in the times behind my closed door I ushered his presence and there I build my strength. The quote states, “sometimes” and it doesn’t seem to praise anyone to go through any struggle alone we are all in need of someone, Jesus had his inner circle however there were times where he had to go at it alone in order to build his strength where he was one on one with God. It is essential in our walk to have that core of family, friends and resources to get the help we need and with His grace we are afforded the opportunity to get it. However it is in the “sometimes,” when we soak in His presence we are able to become intimate with him. See that’s where we can turn around and see the “footprints in the sand.”

      • I LOVE your answer! It’s so very well explained. You’re right that we do need to keep an inner circle and sometimes even keep things only to ourselves. Please keep up your posts – they are always encouraging and insightful.


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