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 



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 


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 


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 


 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 


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 


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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