We believe, some of the richest, fullest, and most fruitful
lives are those lives that have been in the crucible of
testing and tribulation.
The dark and painful seasons we journey through in life
can refine our faith and hold vital teachable moments for
those of us who are directly involved. The most painful
events always seem to contain hidden blessings.
In many instances, experiencing and persevering through
extremely challenging seasons can stretch and build us,
become valuable insights, open doors, develop godly
character, help others, and answer prayers.
Many of the hardships, heart-breaks and troubling days
have become the impetus for us to pour our hearts
out to God, trust God more, and humbly recognize how
much we truly need God in our lives.
Jesus cautioned us in John 16:33, that
"In this world we will have
Jesus has made it clear that following Him
can lead to persecution.
"Into each life a little rain must fall". None of us
will navigate our way through life without facing
occasional difficulties. Some of our seasons will
be stormier than others. Trust, God never
promised us a storm-free existence.
Uncertainties, unchartered waters, and tribulations
will find us, they are inescapable, but our trials and
tribulations will never take God by surprise. In the
middle of the storm, God is still in control working
all things together for our good.
Nothing can happen without God knowing it.
When God allows suffering... He has a purpose
for the suffering. Everything that happens has
a divine purpose.
Most of us know all too well what it is like to be
thrown into confusing, tempest tossed troubled.
Some may know a thing or two about those fully
developed life threatening hurricanes and tornados.
Sometimes we suffer because of our own mistakes.
We may follow the wrong voice or do our will...
instead of God's Will. With ill advice and hasty,
self-driven feet, ofttimes, we miss the way.
"Trust in the Lord with all our heart; we are not to
depend on our own understanding. Seek God's Will
in all we do, and God will show us which path
When our arms are weary and our souls are
battered, when storm clouds are on the
horizon, when the winds are howling and the
flood waters are rising... even in the muck and
mire and what appears to be insurmountable
tribulations... we can experience God's peace.
God is closer than our thoughts... always present
and providing. God is greater than any storm we face.
God is bigger than all our fears. God is able to still
all of our storms and do immeasurably more than
we can ask or imagine.
We cannot control the outcome of life's storms,
but we can trust the One who controls our
entire existence and has all authority in heaven
and on earth.
We can confidently trust God to work
out "His Will." God can use the storms in life as
classrooms which can cultivate our spiritual
When it seems like God is breaking us, God is
always building us, refining us and working all
things together for our ultimate good. Even in
the midst of life's storms... God is molding, shaping
and doing many great things we cannot always see.
In times of trouble, if our eyes are fixed toward
the world... we will run in a worldly direction
seeking help. Comfort and safety does not come
through the power of the flesh. When life becomes
stormy, let us trust and find solace in these simple,
yet profound words of comfort from Jesus;
"Fear not, I am with you."
God is attentive to our every need. We believe, God has
a higher purpose and reward behind every problem,
and God is masterful enough to divinely orchestrate all
of our trials and tribulations so they can strip away all
of the worldly things we were relying on... and
ultimately draw us towards being the people He
desires for us to be. God will use any circumstance to
fulfill His purpose.
Trials develop godly character, and that enables us to
rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering
produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and
Whether we have traveled safely through the storm
or we find ourselves still in the midst of a violent
storm... we can take heart knowing... as God's
children, we will never need to fear abandonment.
There is never a moment when God is not present.
Isaiah 43:2 reminds us,
"When we pass through the waters, God will be with
us; and when we pass through the rivers, they will
not sweep over us. When we walk through the fire, we
will not be burned, the flames will not set us ablaze".
No matter how fierce the storms are... or have been, we
can look back over those difficult times and see that,
even if we were faithless, the faithful handprint of the
Master Artist has been all over our lives doing
miraculous things that we could never have
accomplished on our own.
Whatever we are facing, no matter what our
circumstances may be... the answer to preventing,
overcoming and/or eliminating our difficult
circumstances is turning to God.
God is Greater than any situation
we will ever face.
We are empowered by God's grace. Through the
grace of God, a gift we do not deserve, we can be
helped in every way we need help.
"God's grace and power is made
perfect in our weakness."
2 Corinthians 12:9
Everything from God is by His grace. Our ability and
strength comes from the One Who can do all things.
We all have, more likely than not, seen many miracles
where we knew it was only God Who could have done this.
Every good and perfect gift is from God.
We believe, as we bear our crosses in life and go
through the classrooms of affliction, we are witnessing
and learning powerful and purposeful life lessons which
will not only help us, but can enter the hearts of others.
Throughout the years, the avenues of our interests
have grown and changed. It's amazing what God can
inspire us to do when we allow God to move in and
With God as our Guide, we are able to explore new
territory and break new ground. We know that as
long as God is in the forefront of all of our affairs
and we are standing in the power of God... nothing
will overcome us. Whatever it is... we can get
God doesn't promise us a life of joy. Instead, God promises
us a life of finding joy in all circumstances.
We know that being a believer in God does not give us
immunity from life's fiery trials, tribulations, valleys,
conflicts, storms or adversities.
We believe, trials, tribulations and adversities invite us to
build our physical and Spiritual endurance, and above all
else, we experience the power of God.
There are no coincidences in life; God has a divine
purpose for allowing and arranging hardships in our
lives. Contrary to popular thinking, the crucible of
testing could prompt us to cry out to God, rely more
on God, and ask not, what is our purpose, but what is
God's purpose for our life?
However vital our choices seem, and however
fervently our ambitions burn, God decides our
vocation. We believe, God purposely and
uniquely created each of us to express His
character and glory in a way that no one
Amid the spiritual training God can steer and
signal us to reevaluate our priorities, they can
shape us, point out our weaknesses, correct us,
reveal and expose those who want to get or to
give, they redirect us, and make us spiritually
stronger and wiser.
Tough situations can be a means through which
God works to accomplish His will in our lives.
It is not to rob us of our peace. It is not God's
purpose to knock us down, but to raise us to a
higher level of Spiritual maturity.
In many cases... we can more readily discern,
push through and embrace God's purposes
during those difficult, "back against the wall,"
encounters of our lives.
Scripture reminds us, "When our faith is
tested our endurance has a chance to grow."
We believe, the trials and tribulations God allows
in our lives... are part of "Working all things
together for good." "God's strength is made
perfect in our weakness."
"We are God's workmanship,"
created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand, that we
should walk in them."
God has nothing but our best interests at heart.
If we do not become weary in doing good, if
we faithfully persevere and patiently endure
testing... our seasons of trials and tribulations
can reveal Whom and what we love most, and
we can function the way we were intended to
function; as thinking, reasoning, living beings
pursuing life for the glory of God and doing
the good things God calls us to do... for the
good of the world, and for the sake of
There are valuable results of going through
God's seminary of affliction. We see that
God is good, and everything God does is good.
No matter how much pain God providentially
ordains... we must remember that God has a
Kingdom view, a Master plan and a Divine
purpose for arranging or allowing adversity.
God has assigned and made each of us with
a purpose... to do good works. God began the
good work and will continue to work in... and
through us... slowly forming us and finishing
the transformational work He has begun in us.
God will not leave us where we are. God will
keep molding us until His work within us is
Trials and tribulations may bring pain, but it is
not an end in itself. Trials and tribulations
leave the essence of what we really are and
clarifies what we were called to do and be. We
learn to see the good that God intended and
rejoice in God's design.
“But those who wait for the LORD shall
renew their strength; they shall mount up with
wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary;
they shall walk, and not faint.”
Sometimes, the storms come to usher us into our next
season. If we are doing our part, being patient
and remaining faithful to the vision God has given us,
God will continue working, often behind the
scenes, restoring what was broken and bringing
us out better... much better, stronger and wiser
than we were before.
God hasn’t brought us this far to let the accuser
throw us under the bus!
God knows what's best for us.
"He Who began a good work,
will we faithful to complete it!"
This website development was born, March 23, 2009, from a deep
cry within my spirit. I was going through an onslaught of troubles.
I was wounded, hurt, betrayed and devastatingly shocked.
These messages were born in prayer,
bathed in tears and founded on the
Word of God.
Many are inclined to see pain as a negative experience and will
try to circumvent the pain as much as possible. Unfortunately, pain
is an inevitable consequence of life.
When tempest tossed troubles, disappointments and despair
eventually befall us, we can endure those tests and trials through
God's grace. Scripture is very clear about our response:
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of
God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
I Thessalonians 5:18
Instead of despairing when we encounter trials, we are to glory
in our weaknesses and be thankful... responding to trials... in the
grace of God. In doing so, we will experience the power of God's
Spirit. As God faithfully pours His grace and mercy upon us we
will be better equipped to endure hardships and overcome the
enemy in God's strength. Rather than complaining we can focus
on the strengths we are realizing and the lessons we have learned
and are learning.
God's goal through our trials is to strengthen our
dependence on Him.
God alone must become our Source of
strength, provision, protection, and direction.
God uses tests and trials to develop our character. We believe, it is
important, when pain comes our way, to honor the experience.
Scripture teaches us that there is always a God-given purpose within
our suffering. The Scriptures remind us that God permits suffering
because God has a purpose for suffering. God doesn't merely want
to move us out of our suffering; the hard truth is... God wants to
change us through our suffering.
As painful as many of the hard knocks have been... I must admit,
some of my most precious lessons learned... have been in the
school of affliction. Many of those painful and perplexing
difficulties were my greatest teachers. They taught me
powerful life lessons I would not have learned
any other way.
While in the classroom and season of
my pain I discovered blessings,
growth, conviction, strength, and
purpose. I became an honor student
in the school of hard knocks and discovered,
first hand, that God, in His infinite wisdom,
is able to use even the most painful, difficult,
heart-breaking suffering for good.
I have come to realize through many of these difficult experiences...
that suffering can teach us important lessons. If we don't experience
storms we don't grow. Our God appointed afflictions can prune us,
stretch us and help us to die to "self" and grow up spiritually.
Tragedies, sorrows, interrupted plans, mistakes, disappointments,
and "Rock bottom" can be blessings in disguise. It is when we
reach the bottom of ourselves and are stretched so thin that we feel
that we have no more fight left... that is when God will often
open up the windows, doors and floodgates and pour into our
lap His most precious blessings...
"A good measure, pressed down, shaken together
and running over."
Sometimes we will never truly realize that God is all we need...
until God is all we have. The Scriptures teach us that the bottom is
the place where we can truly experience God's provision. When we
put our faith and trust in God it helps us to be more objective and
consequently more thankful and alert to the reasons why God may
have allowed the tests and trials to happen.
Many of the hurtful situations, I have gone through, have increased
my hunger for God. They have also been great groomers and
pruners for character building.
I am grateful to have moved through... and now find myself in the
position to witness the pain and the many disappointments giving
way to, what I believe are, God's mighty appointments.
The knowledge, observations, and up-close experiences have helped
me to grow in my spiritual walk and equipped me with extremely
meaningful and worthwhile life lessons that have been very
eye-opening for me and could very well be beneficial to others.
Those painful experiences have become my spiritual work and
service. They are helping me to grow. I'm learning and have
learned many powerful lessons from these experiences and it has
become a passion for me to share what... and
Who I know.
Some of our virtual chapters, in this website, will touch on
many of the trials and tribulations, by the grace of God, I have
been blessed to pass through.
These meaningful and worthwhile experiences have and are
richly educating and enriching my life. They have proven
to be extremely useful and relatable to anyone who needs
to be encourage. They have been a reminder of what is
important in life, Who we should put our trust in, and
Who we can always depend on.
Having a heart for God
does not equal human
There are times when we all regrettably do things and speak
without thinking first, make bad judgement calls, and behave
immaturely. In other words, none of us are incapable of making
mistakes or being wrong.
We believe, our contribution to the world is part of our challenge
and is essential if we are to develop our talents and...
pursue God's best for our lives.
God has moved the hearts of people throughout history to
achieve His plans and purposes for each generation. God is
able to use any of us to influence the aristocratic and kingly,
the governors, the bureaucrats, dignitaries, the pauper and
the working class to...
work toward His purposes.
God chooses anyone He desires, regardless of their
accomplishments, skills, or special experiences. We are fully
aware that God does not necessarily call the equipped; but
God equips the called.
God has a way of orchestrating a series of unlikely events that
will work together for our good. God is well aware of what is
going on behind the enemy lines and He knows exactly what it
will take for us to become...
His mighty warriors.
God delights in taking what the eyes
of the world may see as worthless,
meaningless, insignificant, and
unimportant to do the most
The Scriptures can certainly back up
We believe, good goals are living breathing statements
of who we are becoming, and they should not be
motionless, inflexible, fixed representations of what
we may have once longed for.
We believe, well-timed, sincere and compassionate
encouragement can have a powerfully positive impact in
the lives of others. We believe, when the right thing is said
at the right time... it could be much like vital life-giving
and life-sustaining oxygen for the soul.
We have come to realize, personally, just as we need
physical food for physical strength, we need spiritual food
for spiritual strength. This kind of "Soul food", the Word
of God, awakens the soul and gives us the energy and
grounding that we need to keep our lives on track.
God of all comfort comforts us in all our troubles so we
may comfort others as God comforted us.
We passionately believe in the power
of walking with God and valuing God's love
and glory over our short-term gratification.
Our goal is not to secure applause and/or accolades. Applause
and accolades, to flatter and stimulate the ego,
are empty and fleeting.
Our goal is to humbly remain
do God's Will,
to add to, build upon and improve
the quality of life for others and
ourselves... despite what we can or
☆We know that all things in Heaven and
on earth are under God's authority.
☆We know that God has a purpose and
plan for our lives, and God's plans for us
are far superior to our ambitions.
☆We know that God has a way of
orchestrating a series of unlikely events
that will work together for our good.
☆We know that God, Who breathed
life into us, loves us enough to plan
for our future.
☆We know that God has promised
that if we will seek Him, we will find
Him, and we will also discover
His Will for our lives.
We are taught that if we
“Seek God first, all the other things
shall be added unto us.”
“As we keep on asking, we will receive what we ask for.
Let us keep on seeking, and we will find. Keep on knocking,
and the door
will be opened to us.
For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds.
And to everyone who knocks, the door
will be opened”
☆We know that during times of testing God strengthens
and builds our character and revives our soul with new
insights and deeper
God gives us wisdom, and fills us with joy, even in the
midst of it all. And out of our greatest tests comes...
our greatest testimonies!
☆We believe glorifying God begins with agreeing with
everything God says, especially about Himself.
We know that God's thoughts and ways are not like ours.
As we open our eyes to the incredible work God is doing
around us, we are awed by His wonderful deeds and
God's marvelous ways have brought us to a humble
recognition of the magnitude of His goodness, greatness,
dominion, majesty, and might... all of which we are totally
We trust God's ways completely.
To glorify God requires full commitment to God.
In Colossians 3:23 we read,
“Whatever you do,
work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord.”
“Do all to the glory of God.”
We believe, to do all to the glory of God is the first
principle of all godly life.
The “Glory of God” means, in every area of
life we carry out God's Will, honor God and
serve God in all we do.
We must strive for every thought, word and deed to...
bring glory to God.
When we focus on God’s Word, we know what is right
and can follow through with
doing what is right.
We are endeavoring to positively and creatively sow inspirational
seeds of goodness and serve as a source of Spiritual upliftment
to help us all live a less fretful, a more fruitful, creative, and
all-around improved life.
Just as our ancestors generously passed-on pearls of wisdom
to us... we are freely sowing seeds so that future generations
may reap the vital life lessons we learned, as well as glean from
the wisdom, perspectives, and happiness we have acquired
throughout the years.
We pray the contents of this website will serve as a storehouse
of encouragement and can be a fresh incentive for individuals
to obtain strength, victory, a spiritually richer and more
May the uplifting words equip and point readers back to their
purpose and the path that they committed to before birth, and
mostly... may these humble offerings equip and point others
to live a more awakened life by turning back to...
the Perfect One
Who is Majestic, Perfectly Good, Just, Righteous, without
Partiality, Faithful to His Promises, intimately aware of all
of creation and...
"Able to do exceedingly
abundantly above all that
we ask or think"...
We know that we cannot open someone's
heart to God's Truth, but God can.