.

God does not squander 



our losses or crosses. 


God is not the author of evil in our world; although,


on occasions… God allows us to go through dark 


seasons. God doesn't leave us in our circumstances 


without a purpose. God will always have a purpose 


and certainty through what we may experience, 


however difficult it may be. God is and will always 


be faithful to bring us to greater good.


God preserves the order of all things and guides 


them toward His intended end. God is able to 


make us fruitful, even in the land of our 


affliction. Our times of trials and tribulations, 


betrayals, broken promises, losses and crosses 


could be our times of harvest... reaping... 


collecting... fruition.

God is the Lord of all the world, and God is the 


Creator of all. Think about it, we are God's 


handiwork. We were created to do good works 


God has prepared, in advance, for each of us. 


God knows exactly how to prepare us for all 


that He is preparing us for. These good works


 are for welfare and not for evil. 


These good works may include, but are not


limited to: praying, giving generously, caring


 for the poor, the oppressed and so forthThese


 good works encompass all that we do by God's 


grace for God's purposes. The more we see


 ourselves as God's masterpiece, we will live


 our lives through and for God. In doing so, 


we will graciously hold on to God's promises, 


even in the midst of it all, and contribute


 towards God's greater purpose. 

The lyrics of 


"Baba Yetu" 


(which means "Our Father" in Swahili) 


are a translation of the Lord's Prayer. ... 


Our Father, Hallowed be thy Name.

God can work through our pain, suffering, and


tragedies to accomplish His purposes in our lives.

No matter what our circumstances are...


God's purposes overrides 


everything!

Ultimately,

God allows the good and bad things in life, and 


we can trust Him to work all things together for


 good in the lives of those who love Him. When 


God allows us into positions of great trial... 


He compensates by larger gifts of grace. 

God is all-knowing, all-wise, and 


all-powerful.


Those who love God can trust God's grace, 


mercy, goodness, and power. No matter who,


what, when, or where... God's Master Plan will


 work out as God desires, and no devil in hell 


can stop, rock, or slow down 


God's plan.

Problems can occur in the process of bringing

 God's vision for our lives to birth! Whether God

 has called us to bring forth a vision or a purpose,

 trust... obstructions caarise. 

Satan will set a trap for us, meaning it for our 


harm and destruction. But when God gets 


involved, He takes that thing that Satan meant 


to use to destroy us and turns it so that it actually


 works for our good instead.

God is able to flip the script of 

a tragedy for good.

To an extraordinary and humbling 


extent... who we are as Believers can 


be determined by events that 


happened to us.

God wants us to be equipped and confident in 


knowing that His tender mercies, amazing grace, 


and forgiveness can take away the agonizing 


burdens of our past shame, guilt, condemning 


thoughts, and/or fears. 


God, in His loving-kindness has bottled every


 tear we have ever shed. He has seen every need. 


He has known our every thought, and He loves us!

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 will not abandon His people... 


even at our weakest, darkest, and 


worst. 


God does not want us to be afraid, nervous, worried


 or imprisoned by our present or past. Sometimes, 


God will allow us to have a breakdown in order to 


have a breakthrough.

“And we know that in all things 


God works for the good of those who love Him, 


who have been called according to His purpose.”


 

This verse says to those who love God and are doing 

their best to respect and adhere to God’s commands,

 even when foul, wicked, vicious, heinous, vile things 

touch our lives... God will use those people, places, 

and/or things to ultimately bring about His good and 

our good.

One of the most potentially frightening aspects 


of being a Believer is knowing that when we put 


our trust in God, all of Hell breaks out against us 


intending evil upon our lives. And, yet what 


overrides fear and evil is knowing that, God is 


God and no matter what comes, God is the 


Master of all... even the wind and waves obey 


God. God takes what was intended for evil against


 us and flips the script for our good.

This website was born out of grief, loss, 


bereavement, false accusations, rejection, 


and betrayal disguised as gestures of 


friendship and kinship.



In other words... 


we experienced harsh labor pains along with

 


"The Judas kiss."

Judas was one of the original twelve disciples who 


followed and was taught by Jesus. Being in Jesus’ “Inner 


circle,” Judas had a closer relationship to Jesus 


than most people during His ministry. 

Often, foes disguise themselves as 


friends.


 Evil often wears a mask to conceal its true purpose.


Satan possessed Judas in hopes of 


using him to destroy Jesus’ ministry 


and getting Jesus out of the way. Satan 


used a kiss... a sign of affection... to


 unleash a surge of hatred.


Judas betrayed Jesus to the authorities. The pre-arranged 


signal was that the person Judas kissed was to be arrested 


and taken away to be crucified. 


Mark 14:44

Judas used such an intimate expression of love and respect 


to betray Jesus. For a student who had great respect for his 


teacher, a kiss fell well within the healthy expression of 


honor. 


Judas’s actions were hypocritical. His actions said, “I 

respect and honor You,” at the exact time he was 

betraying Jesus to be crucified.

When Jesus was betrayed with a Judas kiss, He identified 


with the troubles of David, who wrote, “If an enemy were 


insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against 


me, I could hide. But it is you, a man like myself, my 


companion, my close friend, with whom I once enjoyed


 sweet fellowship at the house of God, as we walked about 


among the worshipers” 


(Psalm 55:12–14).


Job’s emotional pain also foreshadowed Jesus’ sorrow: 


“Those I love have turned against me” 


(Job 19:19).

Judas was “seized with remorse” (Matthew 27:3) over 


what he had done. He threw the silver back into the 


temple and, out of guilt, went away and hanged himself. 


(Matthew 27:5).

As we all know... 


betrayal can be devastatingly piercing


 to our hearts and souls... especially 


when the experience is with someone 


we care about or deeply love.

We have come to realize... there can be no deeper hurt or 


insult than when one is betrayed and wounded by the very


 ones who professed to be true, tried, and trusted sister, 


brother, or friend.



Nothing hurts more than being disappointed and betrayed


by those we thought would never hurt us... especially...


during our weakest season of pain and loss.

 

It is difficult enough when one is attacked and conspired


 against by the enemy, but when the fiery arrows come 


from those whom we have loved, looked up to, and 


trusted...the devastation and grief becomes magnified.

These words spoken by Jesus over 2,000 years ago... are 


very relevant for many believers in the world today.

My pain and loss, like most others, has been tremendous,


 but we can rest assured those experiences are not in vain. 


I believe, God is using the pain and loss to draw us all into 


faith relationship with Himself.

Therefore we will boast all the more 


gladly about our weaknesses,



so that God’s power 



may rest on us.



That is why we delight, by the grace of God, in 


weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, and 


in difficulties.



For when we are weak, then 


we are strong.


2 Corinthians 12:7-10 


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 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.


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 no right to believe that God will do or allow 


anything to hurt or hinder our Spiritual growth. 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. 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 it.

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.



Through our upclose and very personal knowledge,


 observation, and experiences...


we know God is able


to make all things right.

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 is able to divinely orchestrate 


the most painful events in our lives...


into the most beautiful and amazing experiences


we could ever hope for.


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.


God, Our Maker, our Master 


Gardener, and Sculptor


has a way of grooming, pruning, cutting, burning, filing, 


purifying and expelling anything that is not of Him.  


God buffs, polishes, molds, shapes and refines our 


affections and desires so that as the good is implanted in us


we can bloom, thrive, and totally be assured that we can 


rely on Him, the most remarkably powerful influence we 


can know.

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.



We believe one can learn, grow, know, and do better


after going through the, humbling, seminary of affliction. 


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.


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.  


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 believe God is able to turn our painful experiences...


into beautiful and powerful purposes!



 We also believe God is able to 


turn our times of difficulty and pain 


into times of sublime expression!


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.


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.

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. 

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


(1Peter 4:12),


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.

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.

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.


Romans 15:4 


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.


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.

Through our many trials, tests, and tribulations...


we are, now, realizing and embracing


a deeper understanding of our purpose, ourselves,


and our God. 


We know that "Man proposes, but God disposes."


"What the devil meant for evil,


God intended for good."

I encourage you not to waste your pain. God will use it if 


you give it to Him.

We are trusting God's grace 


to move us forward.



In His love, 

   

Writing has been very therapeutic for my soul.

It has helped me to understand, accept,

and overcome quite a bit of my grief and pain.

It has also given me

the greatest sense of knowing 

that my circumstances are simply 

a part of my redemption story.

This project has not been a task...

only a privilege; an undeserved honor. 

 
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