A godly and biblically-based devotional to help people with their faith and confidence; to encourage, educate, and inform. Come everyday for inspiration. Almost everybody is going through something and you can get through it with Jesus. I am a witness to that fact. Never give up on the great blessings God already has lined up for you. Jeremiah 29:11 says, 'He knows the plans He has for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'
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Push, It's Coming
The pain allows us to soar to new heights as we help others.
Sometimes when I think back to when I had my kids, I am reminded of the scripture in Genesis 3 when God tells Adam and Eve that women will bear much pain during childbirth. Whew, let me remind those who ever doubted the word of God, His word never lies. Just look around. There's proof all around you. You are proof yourself, because your mother had you and at some point during your birth there was pain. So either way you look at it, just think about how God is in everything. The bible is the truth y'all.
Our testimonies are further proof of its truth.
Childbirth was one of those times when I can for sure tell you about my testimony. I was in much pain. It was indescribable. When you're going through it you will typically say, "never again." And the people around you should get out of your face quick, fast and in a hurry, at best. Yes, it was that bad, it was a rough hard time. It was like it would never end. It was no joke, I'm telling you.
Then it's all over.
And when you see that miracle from God, all you can think about was how much it was worth it. You can't believe it. It's almost like an out of body experience when you just think about the amazement of God. It's one of those high spiritual moments. Only God can do that. How anyone can deny He exists really perplexes me.
We all feel pain. We have all felt pain. Your pain. My pain. It means something. God will use it for His glory, to show people who He is. So that means He has great things in store for those who believe. He doesn't want us to live in pain. He wants us to be better because of our pain. Why would He want us to believe in Him for nothing? Why would He not want goodness for us? Why would He want us to go through all of that and nothing good come of it? Then who would believe Him? Just think about that for a minute.
God makes sense.
I'm just glad I pushed. It was worth it. The rewards came. I'm better for it. The blessings were manifested. God's plan came to fruition. His promises were delivered. If I survived that, I can survive anything. So can you. We can make a difference. We can help people. Our pain for other peoples gain. None of it was for nothing.
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