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It's safe to say that Jesus was not well accepted
by the people in His hometown. In essence, they
denied Him! And just as He was rejected, so too,
are we at times.
Jesus did not hesitate to inform His followers
of the difficulties they would face. In fact,
He told them the world would hate them
(John 15:18-21; see also Matthew 10:22-23
and 2 Corinthians 2:15-16).
Nevertheless, when Jesus’ followers
were facing their darkest hour, Jesus said
to them, as He does to us in ours:
“In the world you have
Jesus' gloomy prognostication was
coupled with joy;
"But be of good cheer,
I have overcome the world”.
God started this, and
God will finish it.
Even in the midst of the storm, God remains
in command, orchestrating all events for
A large number of Believers are put to the
test. We believe that individuals who have
passed through the crucible of testing and
struggle have experienced some of the
richest, fullest, and most prolific lives.
Just as friction, resistance, and pressure
are needed to polish a diamond, so are
trials and tribulations for mankind.
We need the friction challenge in our lives
to evolve as individuals and as a society.
When there is no pressure/friction, we
stagnate; we don't ask why things are the
way they are. And we can only obtain
answers when we question our
Friction moves mountains, builds fires, and
gives us heat. Without being challenged, we
become docile, apathetic, and without
anything to react to, to name a few. We
would be inactive, lifeless, unconcerned,
insensitive, indifferent, complacent,
half-hearted, lethargic, unresponsive,
Friction has the ability to both create
and destroy. It is dependent on how
it is used.
There's nothing exceptional about a stone
when it's unearthed... it's still in the rough.
It resembles any other stone you would come
upon. It is necessary to refine the stone in
order to bring out its true beauty.
“Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver;
I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction”.
The trials and tribulations God allows in our lives
are part of the working together of all things for good.
Therefore, for the Believer, all trials and tribulations
must have a Divine purpose. As in all things, God's
ultimate purpose for us is to grow more and more into
the image of His Son.
Everything that comes from God is attributable
to God's grace. Our ability and strength comes
from the One Who can do anything.
God, indeed, is the Giver
of all good and perfect things.
We think that through enduring our burdens
in life and passing through the classrooms of
affliction, we are witnessing and learning
profound and purposeful life lessons that will
not only benefit ourselves, but will also enter
the hearts of others.
We pray that as we continue to experience
hardships and suffering, we will not ignore
or miss the larger treasures hidden in our
We are convinced that God uses even the
most agonizing wounds and tumultuous storms
for our good, and any circumstance that might
bring us closer to God... is our greatest
blessing and inspiration.
Our interests and paths have evolved and shifted
over the years. It's amazing what God can inspire
us to do when we allow God to move in and
With God as our Guide, we can explore new
territory and break new ground. Nothing will
be able to crush us as long as God is in the
forefront and at the center of our affairs and
we are under God's protection. Whatever it
is, we shall overcome it.
God does not promise us a life of joy.
Instead, God promises us a life of
satisfaction in all situations.
We understand that being a Believer
does not exempt us from facing life's
harsh challenges, hardships, valleys,
conflicts, storms, or adversities.
Trials, hardships, and adversities, we
believe, encourage us to strengthen our
bodily and spiritual endurance, and
above all, to experience God's power.
There are no coincidences in life;
God has a solid plan for allowing
and arranging our experiences.
Contrary to common belief, the
crucible of testing may cause us to
cry out to God, to rely more on God,
and to ponder, not what is our purpose,
but what is God's purpose for our lives.
However vital our choices seem, and
however passionately our ambitions burn,
God determines our calling.
We believe, God purposely and uniquely
created each of us to reflect specifically
and uniquely His character and majesty
in a way that no one else could.
While we are in spiritual training, God
can guide and prompt us to rethink our
priorities; they can mold us, point out
our deficiencies, correct us, get us
spiritually stronger and wiser, refocus
us, reveal and unmask those who wish
to get or give.
Challenging times can become a vehicle
through which God can work to
accomplish His will in our lives. It is not
to rob us of our peace. It is not God's
intention to knock us down, but to
raise us to a higher level of Spiritual
In many cases... we may more readily
discern, push through and embrace
God's purposes when we are faced with
those difficult, "back up against the wall,"
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 always has 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
Going through God's seminary of hardship
yields precious outcomes. God is good, and
everything He does is good, as we can see.
Regardless of 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 hardship.
God has assigned and created everyone
of us with a certain purpose... to conduct
good deeds. God began the good work
in us and will continue to work in... and
through us, gradually developing us and
completing the transformational process
He began in us.
God will not leave us where we are.
God will not abandon us in our current
situation. God will keep molding us
until His work within us is finished.
Trials and tribulations may cause
discomfort, but they are not an end in
themselves. 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 God's good intentions
and rejoice in His plan.
God calls us to be faithful, and to cling
to His promises.
“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.”
Storms will occasionally arrive to usher in
the new season. If we are doing our part,
being patient, and remaining committed
to the vision God has given us... God will
continue to work, often behind the scenes,
to restore what was broken and bring us
out better... far 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 is the only One Who knows what
is best for us.
"He Who began a good work,
will be faithful to complete it!"
As a result of pain, loss, grief, false accusations,
rejections, and betrayals, that were disguised
as acts of family, friendship, and brotherhood...
this website was created.
We suffered through agonizing labor pains!
Another way to say it is that we experienced
"The Judas kiss"... a betrayal... presented as a
sign of affection.
The expression references to the biblical
story of Judas, who betrayed Jesus by
kissing Him in order to identify Him to
the people arresting Him.
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 was one of the
original twelve disciples
who followed and was
taught by Jesus.
Judas betrayed Jesus to the
The pre-arranged signal was that the person
Judas kissed was to be arrested and taken
away to be crucified.
Judas used 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.
Being in Jesus’ “Inner circle,” Judas had a closer
relationship to Jesus than most people during
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”
Often, foes disguise
themselves as friends.
Evil often wears a mask to
conceal its true purpose.
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.
Job’s emotional pain also foreshadowed Jesus’ sorrow:
“Those I love have turned against me”
We are all aware that betrayal can be devastatingly
cutting... shattering... and piercing to our hearts
and souls, particularly when it involves someone
we loved or cared about.
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 a 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.
Like most people, we've experienced a
great deal of grief and loss, but we can rest
easy knowing that our pain wasn't in vain.
We believe God is using the grief and
suffering to draw us all into a closer
relationship with Himself.
This website serves as a kind of journal of
some of the most difficult years we have
experienced with adversity, grief, and
This website's development was the result of a
profound spiritual cry on March 23, 2009. We
were experiencing a barrage of evil encounters
with several narcissistic and abusive family
members who were vicious, entitled, selfish,
greedy, cunning, and morally repugnant.
We were deceived, alienated, defrauded
out of inheritances, truly heartbroken, and
Loved ones who were dear to us and significant
in our lives had shamelessly betrayed us, violated
our trust, and threatened our safety by seeking to
turn others against us.
While we naively held them in high regard, they attempted to poison others against us
by sowing long-lasting, devastatingly draining
discord and division.
The series of tragedies and misunderstandings
were unpleasant and painful, yet, we believe
they were divinely orchestrated.
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 are aware that God has good intentions
for us and our future. It does not, however,
guarantee that we will never experience
adversity. Many instances of God using
unpleasant things that happened to one of
His people for good may be found in the
In order to overcome an obstacle and go
to the next level, the evil things, the
adversaries are occasionally deployed
to help us get beyond the norm and
move on to the next level.
In one well-known account, David was a
Shepherd, and what he needed in order to
be catapulted higher wasn't a friend, but
an opposing force!
David wasn't held back by Goliath; rather,
he was advanced!
We believe, God will treat us accordingly.
Thank You, Father and
Creator of the universe,
that Your work is
independent of my
I offer myself and my
limited resources to do
Your Will. I am very well
aware that You alone
must provide the strength
to carry out this mission,
the resources to complete
the assignment, and the
time required to finish
the tasks. Knowing that
all Your power requires
to operate in our world
is a willing heart and an
accessible vessel, I
confess to You today
my shortcomings and
Please make use of me
every day to carry
out Your Will, not only
today, but each day.
I ask in the name of Jesus.
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
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
We believe God is able to reach
down and touch the point of our
Through our up-close and very personal knowledge
observations, experiences, and common sense...
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
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
We believe God is able to turn our painful
experiences... into beautiful and powerful
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 springboard 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
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
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
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
God will use it if you give it to Him.
We are trusting God's grace
to move us forward.
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...
we must admit, some of our most precious lessons
learned... have been in the school of affliction.
Many of those painful and perplexing difficulties
were our greatest teachers. They taught us
powerful life lessons we would not have learned
any other way.
While in the classroom and season of our pain
we discovered blessings, growth, conviction,
strength, and purpose. We became honor
students 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.
We 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
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
"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
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
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 an integral
element of our journey if we are to develop our
pursue God's best for our lives.
God has stirred people's hearts throughout history
to carry out His plans and purposes for each
generation. God can use any of us to persuade
the aristocratic and kingly, rulers, bureaucrats,
dignitaries, paupers, and working class to... work
for His purposes.
God chooses anyone He desires, regardless of their
achievements, skills, or special experiences.
We are well aware that God does not always
call the equipped; rather,
God equips the called.
God has a way of orchestrating a series of improbable
circumstances that will work together for our good.
God understands exactly what is going on behind
enemy lines and what it will take for us to become...
His fierce warriors.
God takes delight in transforming what the
eyes of the world sees as useless, meaningless,
unimportant, and inconsequential into the most
Our claims are clearly supported
by the Scriptures.
We believe that good objectives are moving,
breathing assertions of who we are becoming,
rather than immobile, inflexible, set
representations of what we once desired.
We believe that timely, genuine, and
compassionate encouragement may
make a significant difference in the
lives of others. When the correct thing
is uttered at the appropriate time, we
feel it can be like essential life-giving
and life-sustaining oxygen for the soul.
We have realized that, just as we
require physical nourishment for physical
health, we also require spiritual nourishment
for spiritual power. The Word of God,
as "Soul nourishment," awakens the soul
and provides the vitality and grounding we
require to keep our lives on track.
God, the source of all comfort, soothes us
in all our problems so that we can comfort
others as God has comforted us.
1 Corinthians 2:14
We strongly believe in the power
of walking with God and prioritizing
God's love and glory over our
Our goal is not to receive applause and/or
praise. Applause and accolades, while intended
to flatter and feed the ego, are hollow and
Regardless of what we can or
cannot see, our goal is to
humbly remain driven to...
accomplish God's Will,
to contribute to, build on, and
improve the quality of life for
others and ourselves..
☆We know that God has authority over
all things in heaven and on earth;
☆We know that God has a purpose and
plan for our lives, and God's purposes for us
are far greater to our goals.
☆We know that God has a way of
orchestrating a series of unexpected
circumstances 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 are aware that God has promised
that if we will seek Him, we shall find
Him, as well as...
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 continue to seek, and we will find.
Continue to knock, and the door
will be opened to us.
Everyone who asks, receives. Everyone
who seeks, finds. And the door
will be opened”
for anyone who knocks.
☆We know that God grows and builds our
character and revives our spirit with
new insights and deeper
revelations... during times
Even in the midst of it all, God offers us
wisdom and fills us with joy. And from our
greatest tests comes...
our greatest testimony!
☆We believe the first step in honoring God is to
agree with all God says, especially about Himself.
We understand that God's thoughts and ways are
not the same as ours. We are awestruck by God's
magnificent deeds and unfathomable kindness as
we open our eyes to the incredible work
God is accomplishing around us.
God's magnificent ways have brought us to awe
at the vastness of His goodness, greatness,
dominion, majesty, and might... all of which
we are completely undeserving of.
We trust God's ways completely.
To glorify God, complete
devotion to God is required.
“Whatever you do, work at it
with all your heart, as if you
were working for the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 10:31
“Do all to the glory
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.
Every thought, word and deed
must be aimed towards bringing
glory to God.
When we focus on God’s Word,
we know what is right and are able
to do what is right.
We are endeavoring to positively and
creatively sow encouraging seeds of goodwill
and serve as a source of Spiritual upliftment
to assist us all in leading a less anxious, more
fruitful, creative, and all-around improved
In the same way that our ancestors so
generously passed-on pearls of wisdom to
us... we are freely sowing seeds in order for
future generations to benefit from the vital life
lessons we have 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 a fresh
incentive for people to obtain strength, victory,
a spiritually richer and more fulfilling life.
May these humble offerings equip and point
others to live a more awakened and
self-actualized 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."
May the uplifting words equip and point
readers back to their purpose and the path
they committed to before birth.