The genesis of
website development was born, March 23, 2009,
from a cry, deep within our spirit,
to discover the positives and our purpose
while in the classroom and season of our pain.
These messages were born in prayer,
bathed in tears, and founded on the Word of God.
We have come to realize, through our own knowledge,
observation, and experiences...
that the afflicted can be most effective.
Tragedies, sorrows, and sufferings can be blessings in disguise.
We believe even the most terrible events always contain hidden blessings,
and our pain and disappointments can give way to God's mighty appointments.
Rather than complaining about our pain and disappointments...
we are relating a little of our private lives and experiences
in order that we may help and comfort others by it.
It is our firm conviction that, in one way or another,
many of us need healing of our inner hurts.
Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited,
I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you,
for My power is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses,
so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses,
in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.
For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
This chapter will touch on some of the trials and tribulations,
by the grace of God,
we have been blessed to pass through.
Some of our most precious lessons we've learned...
were in the school of affliction.
We have come to realize that some of the hard lessons,
which we would never want to repeat, really enriched our lives.
We believe some of the richest, fullest, and most fruitful lives
are those lives that have been in the crucible of testing and tribulation.
We believe God allows us to go through trials,
tribulations, and the crucibles of life
to refine us so that we might grow, mature,
build, and solidify our faith and character...
as we learn to trust and depend on
God and God alone.
We have no right to believe that God will do or allow anything
to hurt or hinder our Spiritual growth.
We believe that life's difficulties and troubles
are not intended to impede our progress,
but to catapult us to greater heights...
allowing us to press past our difficulties,
focus on and embrace the life lessons learned,
and get in harmony with God's Will.
Even when we don't understand...
we believe our will must always be surrendered and committed
to God's Will.
We don't believe suffering is indicative of God's disfavor,
but of God's favor.
We believe God permits sorrow, grief, tears, and heartaches.
Through the seminary of affliction, we believe,
God grooms, prunes, molds, and shapes us
in ways we would have never known...
had we been left in the world floating on our worldly egos and hot air.
We believe one can learn, grow, know and do better
after going through the, humbling, seminary of affliction.
We know God can do things far beyond our puny comprehension.
We believe God is able to reach down
and touch the point of our greatest need.
observation, and experiences...
According to Scripture,
some of the greatest saints in the Bible
had to face severe adversity.
We believe God’s purpose, for our lives,
is sometimes hidden in our pain.
God's shaping, molding and transformation process can be a very painful process at times;
however, some people have made their greatest strides in spiritual development
and personal growth in the midst of their pain and suffering.
We believe tests and trials are inevitable,
and are generally temporary,
but they have a purpose, a Divine purpose
which, eventually, becomes profoundly beneficial
for others and ourselves.
We know the power of God can be demonstrated
in our trials, tribulations, conflicts and adversities
and God's glory can be shown through us.
May we use our personal trials, tribulations, conflicts and adversities
as a spring board to become much better people...
for Christ’s sake.
We can see God turning our painful experiences...
into beautiful and powerful purposes!
We believe God is turning our times
of difficulty and pain into times of sublime expression!
We have seen... up close and very personally
that God is able to use our trials, tests, and tribulations
to prepare us for greater callings.
No one on this earth is immune
from all of the different kinds of pain and suffering
that can come our way in this life.
At times, a certain amount of pain and suffering
is what God will use to help shape, mold and transform us.
We believe the entire universe is God's garden,
and God desires for His garden to grow,
mature, and produce.
We believe the Master Gardener,
cuts off every branch in us,
whether the branch is a person, place, or thing,
that bears no fruit...
or stagnates our growth in Him.
This process of perfecting us is not a painless task,
but it is what we need so that we might bloom,
flourish, and reflect God in every facet of our lives.
God, Our Maker, our Master Gardener, and Sculptor
has a way of grooming, pruning,
cutting, burning, filing, buffing,
polishing, molding, and shaping us
so that we may bloom, thrive,
and totally rely on Him.
We know that God never allows any of us
to go through more than we can handle,
and we know that God will not allow us
to be tested beyond our ability to endure the test.
We have come to realize that the overcoming
is never the overcoming of the one or ones who troubled us,
but the overcoming of the weaknesses and corrections needed
in our own nature... aroused by such a one.
As gold is proved in the fire and separated from impurities,
and as steel is strengthened in the smelting furnace,
so our faith can only be purified by perseverance under pressure,
and can only be strengthened
when we learn to rely on God in times of crisis.
The "Fiery trials of life", as Peter refers to them (1Peter4:12),
also serve to refine our faith.
We believe the qualities of character and righteousness
are forged in the furnace of affliction to teach us, prepare us,
equip, perfect, and purify us
for greater works.
Think about it:
We are God's artistry... His diamonds in the rough.
Within each person are diamond-like qualities...
waiting to be mined.
The beauty of diamonds come from the extreme pressure
that the refining process takes it through.
The same holds true for each of us.
Just as the diamond...
our beauty and worth comes from
the extreme pressures that trials and tribulations bring.
Though our scars have been deep...
we know our pain has not been in vain.
We believe our trials and tribulations
have enhanced our Spiritual growth.
They have kept us from becoming walking dead men
with little depth, humility, or compassion.
We believe during times of crisis
we gain insight into certain areas of suffering
that helps us to empathize and encourage others
when others are faced with similar tests.
There are scores of people going through
major valley experiences...
they are hurting and need to be comforted.
We are comforted in our season of pain...
so that when others are going through their season of pain...
we are able to comfort them
with the kind of comfort we ourselves receive from God.
Yes, God can use what has happened to us to help others.
We believe suffering
is not only leading us to perfection of character,
but it is also allowing us
to have a closer,
more intimate, relationship with God...
what a blessing!
We are comforted in knowing that God's Touch
still has that same ancient Power to part
our Red Sea experiences.
Scripture has reminded us...
the same ancient Power is promised to help us, today.
That same ancient Power
is able to turn those dry, barren desert experiences, in our lives,
into pools of water.
That same ancient touch... lovingly brings us through the
rough terrain of our wilderness seasons.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us,
so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures
and the encouragement they provide
we might have hope.
We have a deep appreciation for each dry, barren desert experience.
We are grateful to God that He has allowed
the low points in our lives to unfold.
Most of us can look back on our seasons of pain
and see that we have become stronger because of them.
God's training and teaching time
has taught us well.
We count these lessons fashioned of
difficulties, trials, tests, wounds, healing, joy, and sorrow
simply as the necessary rungs in the ladder.
We realize the lessons we've learned,
through our many trials, tests, and tribulations...
could not have been learned any other way.
We have learned from our life experiences
that God is sufficient to deliver us from any trial in life.
We know that "Man proposes, but God disposes."
"What the devil meant for evil,
God intended for good."
Through our many trials, tests, and tribulations...
we are, now, realizing and embracing
a deeper understanding of our purpose,
and our God.
No matter how much circumstances may have weighed in...
we know that with God charting our course...
our scars, loss, and disappointments
are being perfected.
We are trusting God's grace to move us forward.
Joseph's brothers treated him very cruelly
and sold him into slavery causing Joseph to experience
a chain of painful, but divinely purposed events.
God caused all things to work together for Joseph's good
and bountifully blessed Joseph in the land of his afflictions.
We know that no matter how deep the pit...
God really is able to divinely orchestrate the most painful events
in our lives...
into the most beautiful and amazing experiences
we could have ever hoped for.
Being God-centered, God reliant,
and God controlled...