God does not waste our
losses or crosses.
God is not the author of evil in our world;
nevertheless, God does periodically allow
us to endure through dark seasons.
God does not abandon us in our situations
haphazardly. No matter how difficult our
circumstances are, God will always have
a purpose and promise in them.
God is and will always be faithful to
lead us to greater good.
God maintains the order of all things and directs
it toward His intended end. God is able to
make us fruitful even amid our afflictions.
Our adversities, betrayals, broken promises,
losses, and crosses may be our moments
of harvest... harvesting... collecting and
God is the Lord and
the Creator of the Universe.
We are God's creation. We were created to do
good things that God planned ahead of time
for every one of us.
God knows exactly how to prepare us for what
He has planned for us. These good works are
done for the benefit of others, not for evil.
These good works may include, but are not
limited to, prayer, charitable giving, care for
the destitute and sick, and other similar
Such good works encompass all facets of what
we do by God's grace and for God's purposes. The
more we see ourselves as God's masterpiece, the
more we will live for and through God. As a result,
even in the midst of it all, we will gladly cling on
to God's promises and contribute significantly to
God's greater purpose.
The lyrics of
(which means "Our Father" in Swahili)
are a translation of the Lord's Prayer. ...
Our Father, hallowed be thy Name.
God may use our grief, suffering, and disasters
to accomplish His purposes in our lives.
Whatever our circumstances,
God's purposes always take
God allows both good and bad things to happen in life,
and we can trust God to work all things out for the
good of those who love Him.
When God places us in extreme affliction, He
compensates with greater gifts of grace.
God is all-knowing and all-powerful.
Those who love God can place their trust in God's
grace, mercy, goodness, and power.
God's Master Plan will come to pass,
regardless of who, what, when, or where... for every
individual, and no devil in hell will be able to stop,
disrupt, or slow down God's plan.
With His power and capacity, grace and wisdom,
blessing and supply, God's purpose is perfect.
We must remind ourselves that whatever God has
called us to do, His plan will always lead us to a
life of meaning and fulfillment. We must have
complete faith and trust in what God has said to
us regarding the present and future.
During the process of giving birth to God's vision
for our lives, problems can develop! When God
calls us to bring forth a vision or a mission,
obstacles may occur.
Satan will set a trap for us in order to cause us
harm and destruction. But when God intervenes,
He transforms what Satan meant to use to destroy
us into something that works for our benefit instead.
God has the power to shift
the course of a catastrophe
for the better.
To an extraordinary and humbling
extent... the circumstances in our
lives can determine who we are as
God wants us to be equipped and confident that
His tender mercies, amazing grace, and
forgiveness will lift the agonizing burdens of
our past shame, guilt, condemning thoughts,
In His lovingkindness, God has preserved every
tear we have ever wept. He has observed every
God is aware of every thought we have, and He
absolutely loves us!
God has a way of orchestrating a series of
unlikely events to work together for our good.
God understands what is going on behind enemy
lines and what it will take for us to become
effective warriors for Him.
God will not abandon His people... even when
they are at their most vulnerable, lowest, and
God does not want our history or present to
terrorize, frighten, bother, or enslave us.
God will occasionally enable us to have a
breakdown in order for us to have a
"And we know that God causes all things to
work together for the good of those who love
Him and are called according to His purpose."
This scripture tells those who love God and
strive to respect and follow God's commands
that even when foul, evil, vicious, horrible,
disgusting things come into their lives, God will
use those people, places, and/or things for His
and our good.
One of the most fascinating aspects of being
a Believer is understanding that when we put
our trust in God, all of Hell explodes against us,
intent on wreaking havoc upon our lives.
But understanding that God is God and that no
matter what occurs, God is the Master of all...
even the wind and waves obey God, overcomes
panic and evil.
God uses what was planned to be
evil against us and turns it to our
Heartbreak, loss, bereavement, false accusations,
rejection, and treachery disguised as caring and
familial behaviors inspired the creation of this
In other words, in addition to "The Judas kiss,"
we suffered significant labor pains.
"The Judas kiss."
Judas was one of the twelve initial disciples
who followed and learned from Jesus.
Judas had a closer relationship with Jesus than
others during His mission since he was part
of Jesus' "inner circle."
Our adversaries frequently
masquerade as allies.
To conceal its underlying goal, evil
typically wears a disguise.
Satan persuaded Judas to undermine Jesus' ministry
and get Jesus out of the way. With a kiss... a sign
of affection and devotion... Satan unleashed a
tsunami of venomous hatred.
Judas turned Jesus over to the authorities.
The pre-arranged signal was that whoever
Judas kissed would be apprehended and taken
to be crucified.
With such a personal display of love and respect,
Judas betrayed Jesus. A kiss was a good gesture
of respect for a student who admired his teacher.
Judas' actions were paradoxical. At the same time
that he was betraying Jesus and allowing Him to
be crucified, his actions indicated,
"I reverence and honor You."
When Jesus was betrayed by Judas' kiss, He
could identify with David's hardships,
writing, "If an enemy insulted me, I could tolerate
it; if a foe rose against me, I could hide." But it
is you, a man like Myself, My comrade, My
close friend, with whom I once enjoyed
wonderful fellowship as we moved about among
the worshipers in God's house"
Job lamented foreshadowing Jesus' sorrow:
"Those I love have turned
Judas was "stricken with remorse" at what he
had done (Matthew 27:3). He returned the coins
to the temple before fleeing and hanging
As we all know, betrayal can be devastatingly
searing to our hearts and souls... especially
when it happens with someone we care about or
We have come to realize... there's no greater hurt
or insult than being betrayed and wounded by
those who professed to be a true, tried, and
trusted sister, brother, or friend.
Nothing hurts more than being disappointed
and betrayed by people we thought would
never hurt us... especially during our most
difficult season of grief and loss.
Being attacked and conspired against by the enemy
is bad enough, but when the fiery darts come from
those we've loved, looked up to, and trusted...the
heartbreak and sorrow multiplies.
These words of Jesus, spoken almost 2,000 years ago...
remain very relevant for many Believers around
the world today.
My suffering and loss, like most others', has been
tremendous, but we can be certain that those
experiences were not in vain. We believe that
God uses our sorrow and grief to draw us
all cloaser to Himself.
Therefore we will boast all the more gladly
about our weaknesses, so that God’s power may
rest on us.
That is why, by God's grace, we delight in our
shortcomings, hardships, persecutions, and
For when we are weak, then
we are strong.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
We believe that God allows us to go through
difficulties, tribulations, and the crucibles of
life in order for us to grow, mature, build,
and strengthen our faith and character... as we
learn to trust and rely on
God and God alone.
We believe suffering not only leads us to
character perfection, but also to a closer,
more intimate relationship with God.
We know that God never puts us through
more than we can handle, and God will
not put us through tests beyond our ability
We have no right to assume that God will do
or allow anything to harm or impede our
spiritual development. We believe suffering
is a sign of God's favor, not disfavor.
We believe that God allows pain, tears, and
heartaches. We believe life's hardships and
troubles are meant to catapult us to greater
heights... helping us to grow past our issues,
focus on and accept life lessons learned, and
get in harmony with God's Will... even when
we don't understand it.
We know God can do things well beyond our
limited comprehension. We believe God has the
power to reach down and touch the source of
our greatest need.
Through our up-close and very personal
knowledge, observation, and experiences...
we know God is able
to make all things right.
Joseph's brothers were cruel to him and sold
him into slavery, prompting him to experience
a series of painful but divinely planned events.
Everything worked out in Joseph's favor, and God
richly blessed him in the country of his hardships.
We know that, no matter how deep the pit, God has
the supernatural ability to miraculously orchestrate
even the most painful events in our lives to produce
the most incredibly amazing experiences we could
ever hope for.
Some of the Bible's greatest saints, according
to Scripture, had to overcome enormous obstacles.
We believe God's purpose for our lives is
sometimes hidden in our hardships.
God's shaping, sculpting, and transformation
process can be unpleasant and painful at times;
but, many people have achieved their greatest
spiritual and personal developmental advances
in the midst of their agony and suffering.
God, our Creator, the 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, forms, and
refines our passions and desires so that
when the good is implanted in us, we can
grow, thrive, and completely trust 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 could never have
imagined or understood... had we been left
in the world floating on our worldly egos.
We believe that after passing through the
humbling seminary of affliction, one can
learn, grow, know, and do better.
This polishing process of perfecting is not easy,
but it is necessary for us to bloom, thrive, and
reflect God in all aspects of our lives.
We have personally witnessed how God can
use our hardships, struggles, and tribulations to
prepare us for higher callings.
We believe such tests and trials are inevitable
and, in most circumstances, transitory, but they
serve a purpose, a divine purpose that can be
profoundly beneficial to others and ourselves
in the end.
We believe God can transform our painful
experiences into beautiful and powerful
purposes! We also believe God can
transform our moments of adversity and
grief into times of amazing expression!
We know that God's power can be seen in our
challenges, afflictions, disagreements, and
adversities, and God's glory can be revealed
May our personal difficulties, challenges, and
hardships serve as a springboard for us to
become noticeably better individuals.
We have seen that the overcoming is never the
overcoming of the one or ones who challenged
us, but the overcoming of the weaknesses and
improvements needed in our own character...
awakened/aroused by such a one.
We believe during periods of crisis, we get
insight into specific areas of suffering, which
allows us to empathize and encourage individuals
who are experiencing similar difficulties.
As gold is refined and impurities are separated
from it in the fire, and steel is strengthened in the
smelting furnace, so our faith can only be
purified and enlarged when we learn to rely
on God in times of difficulty.
The "Fiery trials of life," as Peter calls them
(1 Peter 4:12), help strengthen our faith.
Character and righteousness, we believe, are
forged in the furnace of affliction to teach, prepare,
equip, perfect, and cleanse us for greater works.
We are God's work of art, his jewels in the
rough. Each individual possesses diamond-like
characteristics that are simply waiting to be
The diamonds' beauty is enhanced by the
intense pressure they are subjected to
during the refining process.
The same can be said for each of us. Our beauty
and worth, like the diamond, are derived from
the harsh pressures that trials and tribulations
We can find comfort in knowing that
God's Touch still possesses the same ancient
Power to part our Red Sea experiences.
The Bible reminds us that the same ancient Power
is promised to help us today. That same ancient
Power can turn our dry, desolate desert experiences
into pools of water.
That same ancient touch... lovingly guides us
through our wilderness seasons' challenging
terrain. As everything written in the past was
written to teach us.
We are grateful for each dry, barren desert experience.
We thank God for allowing the low periods in our
lives to occur.
Most of us can look back on our difficult times
and see how they made us stronger.
God's period of training and teaching has been
extremely beneficial to us. These lessons shaped
by difficulties, struggles, tests, wounds, healing,
joy, and sadness are all just rungs on the ladder.
We recognize that the lessons we've learned
via our trials, tribulations, and sufferings...
could not have been learned any other way.
Our life experiences have taught us that God is
able to deliver us from any hardship.
Whatever our circumstances, we know that with God
directing our steps, our scars, loss, and disappointments
are being perfected.
Through our many trials, tests, and tribulations...
we are now discovering and embracing a deeper
understanding of our purpose, ourselves,
"Man proposes, but God disposes."
"What the devil meant for evil,
God intended for good."
We strongly encourage everyone not to waste
their pain. If we give it to God, God will use
it for our benefit.
We are praying that God's grace
will propel us forward.
Writing has been immensely therapeutic for my soul.
It has aided me in comprehending, embracing, and
overcoming tremendous grief and pain.
It has also provided me with the greatest sense of
compassion that my hardships are merely a chapter
of my redemption story.
This endeavor has been a privilege rather than a chore;
it has been an undeserved honor.