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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Joy and Pain
"Joy and pain, it's like sunshine and rain."
Those are some of the lyrics of a 1980's love song by a group called Maze, Featuring Frankie Beverly.I used to looooove that song. Still do actually. That's when music was music and while it's great reminiscing for this quick moment, love songs are not what this blog post is about though.
It's about life and how it has its ups and downs. Some of it is painful, but all of it can be joyful. How can that be? What that means is that we can be in a positive place even while we're going through hell. I'm not saying we won't experience pain, mourning, and sadness, I'm just saying we can be in a faithful peaceful place at the same time and the Lord will carry us through it. I know this, because that's exactly what I had to do when I felt pain for myself, my family, and other families due to pain that we were all hit hard with. During the time of that intense pain I decided that I would trust God, because I knew He was (and is) a God of joy and I never once doubted Him.
So what that ordeal taught me was that when God allows certain adversity to hit our lives (because they will), He will get us through if we will trust Him to do it. So, yes joy and pain are like sunshine and rain, and I chose to focus on the sunshine side of things. When I do that the rain will come, but it won't last long. We have to believe God will bring us out to make us better. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3:5-6).
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