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When Life Hurts

When Life Hurts

By Carolyn Dale Newell

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

1 Peter 5:10 NKJV

This promise is for the dear saint of God who has suffered for a while. A long while. I hope that isn’t you. I pray it isn’t you, but if it is, I’m relieved you have found this promise today. God has you here for that purpose.

He knows you feel like He has forgotten you. He knows the rhythm of your battered heart. He has collected your tears in a bottle, or a gallon jug. God has a message for you today, my friend. Hope for the momma who has all but given up on that child. Hope for that sweet sister who awakes each morning, only to be reminded her husband is no longer there. Hope for the cancer patient who just can’t hear the words “cancer free.” Hope for the one living in tremendous pain, physical and emotional.

God is giving you that hope today. He wants you to hold onto this promise. Memorize it. Pray it. Hold God to His promises, because He is faithful. This season of suffering will pass.

Not today. Not the way you would prefer, but God loves you, and this too will pass.

We cannot understand why we hurt, nor why we struggle for so long. We certainly don’t comprehend the snowball effect while our trials enlarge as life speeds downhill. We can’t understand why a good God allows pain.

But we do understand God is good. We can sing “good, Good Father” with confidence. We know truth, and this promise tucked away in Peter’s first epistle is the nugget of truth you need today.

We have been called to suffer. No, Carolyn, Peter says we are called to God’s eternal glory. Same thing. God receives glory from our story. Our testimony gives Satan heartburn because we didn’t fall apart. OK, maybe we fell to pieces a time or two, but the master potter put us back together. Better than before.

This turmoil you find yourself in is the refining process, and you, sweet friend, will emerge as gold. That is His perfecting work.

When I consulted with Siri for the definition of establish, I heard certain terms that stood out: recognize, accepted, and “show truth. A day will come when you stand firmly recognized as proof of God’s truth. People will know you made it, and they will be reassured they can make it too because of God’s rich truth.

The weakness you feel today is being over powered by God’s strength. Suffering comes to make us stronger.

And settled. You will not always be tossed by the tempest, nor whipped by the whirlwind. Life will settle down.

Until our storms pass, we can trust in God’s grace. We can lean on His strength. We can remind our emotions of this truth and steady ourselves in God’s promise. A promise from a good Father.

Heavenly Father, we praise You because You desire good for us, but sometimes to achieve good, there must be some hurt. We want it to end. We want You to make everything right, but more importantly, we pray for Your will. And we claim this promise knowing that You will perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Jeremiah 18:1-6.

HIKING THE TRAIL

PUSH through the pain. Pray Until Something Happens.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

 

 

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Soaring Above Discouragement

SOARING ABOVE DISCOURAGEMENT

By Carolyn Dale Newell

But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31 NKJV

I touched the doorknob, opening it just enough to confirm the hissing noise was the hotel sprinkler system. Iva had finished her breakfast and could not wait any longer. An icy blast of water shot up my leg. Iva managed to potty. Soaked, we returned to our room.

I called my husband. He erupted into laughter when I explained what happened.

“I’m glad you think it is funny. It felt like it was raining from hell.” I replied.

Sometimes, our lives feel as if it is raining from hell. The car breaks down. A check bounces. The oven decides to stop working. The doctors can’t seem to understand your illness as it continues to get worse. One thing after another happens, and we feel disheartened.

If you are human, you have faced discouragement. It shows no favoritism.

When the world weighs us down, God will raise us up.

Wait on the Lord. We must possess the fruit of the Holy Spirit, patience. We may need to endure somethings, for some time. We do as He has commanded until He tells us to do the next thing.

God works while we wait. Always remember God is busy on our behalf even though it appears like nothing is happening. He goes before us, preparing the way.

While we wait, we trust. Waiting without trusting is wrestling. When we have a firm, unshakable faith that God is going to intervene at His proper time, we will be filled with peace.

God will renew our strength. He will give us fresh stamina because the world and the devil have beaten us down. It is God’s power we rely on. His strength enables us to do all things (Phil. 4:13).

Eagles carry their young on their wings. According to eagleflight.org, This is part of the baby eaglet’s flying lessons. The momma eagle knocks the baby out of its nest. Then, she swoops down to catch him on her wings, carrying him back to the nest.

As if riding on the wings of an eagle, God will swoop in and carry us above our bleak circumstances. We will soar above our problems. High above the discouragement. All the misery of the world will appear as grasshoppers when God is our focus.

God will enable us to run the race without weariness. That new jolt of strength will give us the endurance to not only run, but to finish. Life can be wearisome. God invigorates us with everything necessary to accomplish it all.

And we will walk without fainting. We will not give out. On this journey of faith, God will supply us with the energy, the grace and the power to finish.