developing a relationship

God wants a relationship with YOU

First and foremost, the only way you can begin to have a relationship with God is to know His Son, Jesus Christ, as your Savior.

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” You see, we were each born into this world as a sinner. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23) Because of that sin, we are all condemned to eternal death–separation from God forever. Roman 6:23 speaks of the price of sin saying, “For the wages of sin is death…” But the verse doesn’t stop there! It continues with, “ …but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” And in Romans 5:8, we read, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that , while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” God doesn’t want you to suffer for eternity in a place called hell, forever separated from Him. He loves you, and He wants you to accept His gift of eternal life. Accepting that gift is simple. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” So if you see your sin, and you realize your need for a Savior, and you have never called on Jesus Christ to save you, will you do that now? There is no greater decision!

If you have received Christ as your Savior, and you know without a doubt that you have a home in heaven, what next?

God doesn’t save you and then just leave you to live the rest of your life on your own. He has a plan for you, and He wants you to know Him more.

Think about any significant relationship in your life. It didn’t end upon meeting. Inevitably, there were many conversations in which you slowly got to know one another. In those conversations, you probably realized you had a lot in common. As your relationship developed, naturally, you wanted to spend time with that person, you wanted to know that person even more, you wanted to make that person happy. You wanted to give them things – for Christmas, for a birthday, then just because. You wanted the best for that person. You would do anything for that person if they needed it, and you knew this wasn’t one-sided. That person would do anything for you as well.

A good friend, right? Yes! But every friend holds one flaw. They are human. They will at some point let you down, and it is quite likely that you will let down a friend as well. Does your friendship end? I should hope not! If it is a true friendship, it will not (we will save this for another post).

“There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother…” (Proverbs 18:24) and he says, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5) He wants a personal relationship with you. He wants you to know Him. He wants to reveal Himself to you, but you must seek Him.

Have you ever gone to Starbucks and just waited for your friend to show up? You didn’t text her to let her know that you were going. You didn’t ask her to meet up with you. You just hoped she would come. That would be absurd. If you want to spend time with someone, you usually have to plan that time.

How can you expect to know God if you do not seek to know Him? You have to make time for Him. I cannot emphasize enough how important this time is! Every decision that you make in this life, everything that you do or don’t do will be directly related to your relationship with God and how well you know His Word.

So how do you even begin to know an infinite God?

How can you know His will?

Read His Word

The best way to know God and His will is to know His Word, because Jesus Christ is the living Word. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)

In the beginning of my Christian life, the task of reading the Bible seemed overwhelming. Recently, I asked my class of junior high girls if they had ever made a decision to read through the Bible in a year. Almost every hand went up. I then asked them how many of them had quit after missing a day or two because they felt like they would never be able to catch up. Those same hands stayed up. I was not surprised in the least! I knew exactly how each girl felt because I had done the same thing! I would determine to read through the Bible. I would get through Genesis and then Exodus and then I would start Leviticus; then suddenly I had no idea what was happening. I would miss a day, then two, then three, and then I would conclude that I had failed altogether for the year, so I would quit and make another attempt next year.

Don’t quit!

It was in high school that I learned something that shifted my paradigm (sadly, it wasn’t until several years later that I actually put it into practice, but the lesson stayed with me nonetheless). If I read my Bible solely for the purpose of the getting through it by the end of the year, I would probably quit every time. BUT, if I read the Bible because I loved God and I wanted to know Him and His will, reading was no longer a task, but rather my special time with God. So I threw out my “Through the Bible in a Year” schedule and started reading specific books of the Bible in varied order. Please do not get me wrong, reading through the Bible in a year is awesome, and I think everyone should do it at some point, but you cannot hasten through the Bible for the sake of saying you read it. If you do, you will miss out on so many things that God may be trying to teach you. R.A. Torrey  said, “It is better to read one verse attentively than to read a dozen chapters thoughtlessly.”

You must begin reading your Bible daily. Your relationship with the Lord depends on it. It is unlikely that you go a day without talking to your best friend. Why should it be any different with the truest Friend, the One that gave His life for you?

With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. ~ Psalm 119:10

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experience God

Since school started in August, this is the first night that I have not had a pile of grading or a to-do list taunting me. This is the first night that I have really been able to write what God has been putting on my heart. I started with five simple truths that I wanted to share, but since these things have been on my mind since August, I came realized that I won’t be able to share them all in one post. In fact, I won’t even be able to share all of one truth in one post…

Let me just get started.

Since this summer, one question has prevailed in my mind and I have discussed it with many others. How can I help others, particularly my students, understand the importance of living the Christian life? How do I get them to realize that there really is no happier life than a life submitted to God?

The answer was the same every time.

I cannot.

I love writing. I literally have hundreds of papers filled with quotations, illustrations, thoughts, sermon outlines, blog ideas, poems, verses, and so much more. My favorite pieces of paper are those with verses and thoughts; whether it is truth from the Word of God or lessons taught to me by God, I want others to experience those same things. Most of them are incomplete, waiting for a day when I will put it into a complete work to teach as a lesson or post on my blog. While both of these mediums are good (God has used many lessons and many blog posts to shape me), they are just not good enough.

If all you ever do is learn God’s truths from lessons taught in Sunday School or posts written by godly men and women, you are missing the point, and you will end up spiritually emaciated.

You absolutely MUST experience God for yourself!

I can give you Biblical principals. I can live by example. But ultimately, the choice lies with you. Each and every person must come to a point where they make the choice to follow God or follow self.

I went through life for years before I realized this. I had been taught and had read about a number of truths that kept me going on the right path and protected me from mistakes, but it was not until I experienced these truths personally that I realized the joy and satisfaction in experiencing God on a personal level.

I will share some of those truths in the next few posts, but you cannot take my word for it. Go to God’s Word and then ask God to make Himself real to you!

Psalm 34:8 – O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

nice to see you… see you later!

This post was not written by me; however, the author requested to remain anonymous. It was too good not to share! Please read it, enjoy its content, and apply its message accordingly.

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I am sick and tired of seeing people treat God like barely even an acquaintance. “Devotional time” is less than five minutes. Prayers are nonexistent. We pull out the earbuds for a minute to catch a few verses and then plug right back into anything but God. The TV is always on. Some show is always pulsating its message and theme across the screen to you. Mindlessly, that message is absorbed and applied to your life. If we do manage to get away from the TV for awhile, we have our phones out. Consuming content. Never doing anything worthwhile. Never reading a book. Never sitting still and being at peace. No, the world would never allow that. This world wants the mind and hands constantly doing something. You’ll never notice the lack of God if you are kept busy and mindlessly influenced to the world. Amidst it all, we barely have time to even say “Hello” to God before we kick Him out of our lives again by turning on the TV, putting in the earbuds, or texting a friend. God is an acquaintance in the lobby of our life when He truly longs to be the author of our entire lives. Let’s look at a few quick ways we can unplug, turn down, and tune in to God.

1. Realize that you have too much “non-God” in your life.

This first step is always the hardest. You have to take an out-of-body approach to your life. Look at your “down time.” How is it spent? TV? iPod? Staring mindlessly at a virtual conversation on your phone? If you can’t see the “non-God” in these mundane things, here’s a simple question to ask to determine it: “Am I producing anything of value through my actions RIGHT NOW?” If no, you have a problem. Admit it. Be willing to change. It’s for the God Who loves you. Remember, change requires doing something you’ve never done before.

2. Replace the “non-God” with God.

Seems too simple, doesn’t it? That’s because it is! It truly is that simple. You have too much TV time on your hands? Put a Bible next to your remote. When you reach for the remote, grab the Bible first and say out loud, “I will read one chapter of the Bible,” and then do it. This is an easy step to take and it allows God to be placed before TV in your heart and mind. Trust me, God will honor that. Another easy replacement: when you pull out your phone to text, launch your Bible app first instead. Read a portion of Scripture until you find a verse that you want to tweet, post to Facebook, or screenshot for Instagram, and then post it! Again, this rewires your mind to begin realizing that God comes before texting. Final simple step to take: before you put your earbuds in and listen to your favorite tunes, look up Colossians 3:16-17 on your Bible app or in a Bible. If you don’t know these verses, memorize them. This prompts your mind to listen to music that is pleasing to God. Be warned: this will change your life. You won’t want to listen to Katy Perry if you truly realize what these verses say. You’ll delete Jay-Z from your iPod if you heed the words of this Scripture portion. As I said, remove the “non-God.” Simple and life-altering. Try these three simple swaps.

3. Read God’s Word with a goal in mind.

This can be anything. For me, I study His Word. I look for three-point messages. I find repeated words in the same chapter. I look up where else those words are used. In other words, I don’t just read mindlessly for a checklist; I come to my Bible with a purpose. Let me share two easy ways to have goals in Bible reading. The easiest is to read a chapter, then take a pen and write down on some paper what God is trying to say to you through it. Sometimes, you’ll write a paragraph. Sometimes you’ll write one word. Sometimes a long sentence. But realize this – you are writing something! That is a goal! You got something from God’s Word! Simple and applicable. Secondly, use a Bible app or concordance to see where and how an interesting word that you read is used in the rest of Scripture. For starters, look up words like peace, joy, love, or sin. You will find that God has much to say about His own Word! Go into His Word with a goal. And then thank Him for it!

This list could go on and on and on. But you will begin to make your own list of ways to replace the “non-God” with God as you walk each day with Him. Try it for one week and see if I’m lying to you. Look, the world is fighting for our attention, and we are letting it win each and every day. God patiently waits within the pages of Scripture, whispering softly for us to come to Him. We miss it. All the time. It’s time to start being aggressive in our walk with Him. Fight off the “non-God” for the sake of the One Who did more for you than any songwriter, actor, or friend ever did. In His Word are stories and examples of His amazing power, endless love, deep mercy, and righteous Person. There are also accounts of giants getting killed by teenagers, fire falling from the sky, the earth swallowing people, donkeys talking, dead men walking out of their graves, big fish swallowing and vomiting up people, mere words being used to create a universe, bleeding hands being spread in love for salvation, and heavenly mansions being prepared for those who embrace His Son. Doesn’t that sound interesting? The One Who wrote that Book wants you to set aside the “non-God” and come to Him. Don’t believe me? Well, look at what He said about this: “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” (Psalms 34:8) See? Just come get a taste of His Word. You’ll want more. Stop saying a quick “Hey!” to God… and sit down and dwell with Him awhile.

for restless hearts

Jeremiah 2:28 – But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are they gods, O Judah.

The children of Israel had forsaken the one true God for a number of false gods. They were to be judged – taken into captivity. The question in this verse is then asked, and the answer is obvious. None of their other “gods” can save them.

Today, Christians often forsake their God, the same God of Israel who sent His Son to pay the punishment for our sins. 1 John 4:24 says, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” It seems, however, that we tend to forget what He did, and we allow false gods to steal our worship. These gods are not objectified as miniature idols or relics, but rather as beauty, relationships, knowledge, materials, wealth, or power. But when the darkest of times come and you don’t know what to do and you seemingly have no answers, will your looks save you? Will your closest friends and family truly be able to help you? Will your education get you out of trouble? Will your wealth buy you a solution? Will power protect you? None of these things are guaranteed. None of these things give you the security or the answers that are found in God and His Word.

Pursue Him and everything else falls into its rightful place. You see yourself as God sees you –  that you are created specifically by Him and He has a special plan for you. You learn that He is your closest friend and knows you better than you know yourself. You find that all the knowledge in this world cannot compare to the wisdom found in the Word of God. You discover that the things of this world don’t matter for they will pass away. You choose to lay up treasure in heaven that are incorruptible. You pursue the eternal over the temporary. You realize that all the power in the world is still in His control for He is omniscient and omnipotent.

So make Him the center of your life. Focus solely on Him and His plan for you. There is no greater happiness and no greater peace found when you choose to love Him and worship Him. Interestingly, one of the primary themes of 1 John is love. In chapter five, verse three it says, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments…” Near the end of the chapter (and book) you find, “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true…” Then the very last verse of the entire book says this:

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

It’s almost as if you will never love God or truly know Him if you put anything before Him.

Place Jesus Christ above all. Love Him. Know Him. Worship Him.

the Potter’s hands

Jeremiah 18:4 – And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

I love this picture that God gives in the book of Jeremiah. In context, it is a picture of His relationship with Israel, but I think it is also a picture of His relationship with me. In this picture, I have learned much of the love and grace of God. When the clay is marred, it is marred within the potter’s hands… and the same is true for me.

When I am marred, whether it be by wrong choices or by circumstances beyond my control, I am still in the almighty hand of my Potter. He is continually working to make me into the vessel He wants me to be – and all this for my good and His glory. He works past all my flaws, my scars, and my shortcomings, and amends each disfigurement to make me a much stronger and more beautiful vessel. He does what I could never do in my own power.

If I attempted to rectify any imperfection in my own strength, I would fall so miserably short. The vessel I would create would look a pitiful mess when compared to the exquisite vessel He could create… if I let go and let Him work.

He can do the same for you. Will you relinquish all you hold in your hands – your desires, your will? I know it can be hard. Maybe like me, you’re a “control freak”… but always keep in mind that His desire and His will are above and beyond what we could dream, and He is able to do above anything we could ask or think! (Ephesians 3:20)

He giveth His beloved sleep

I have been reading through the book of Psalms, and God has truly been working in my life through His Word. Like me, you have probably read this Psalm before, but honestly, I have never really noticed 127:2… perhaps because I am quite familiar with verses 1 and 3, I simply overlooked 2. It says this: “It is in vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.”

Sleep is a gift from God. A gift given to those who accomplish the tasks that God would have them to accomplish to the best of their ability. Taking on those tasks in our own strength or taking on more than God would have us do is all in vain. We inevitably lose sleep and likely still do not finish all we think we must do. But for those who seek daily to do His will and only His will, He gives them sleep, and not just any sleep—probably the kind of sleep Jesus experienced in Mark 4:38, sound sleep in the midst of a great storm.

Anyway I thought this was such a great verse! Applicable to all types of people… People who accomplish little in a day and people who try to accomplish too much.

Then there are people like me… Who experience both types of days. Haha 🙂

fireflies

The first time I encountered a firefly (lightning bug, as some call it) was in Wisconsin. I was sitting on the dock, taking in the enchantment of the lake and the trees and all else that my beloved desert lacks, when this floating light passed me. At first, I squinted to be sure that I wasn’t going crazy, then I realized exactly what it was. I was so excited to finally see a firefly for the first time! …then it was gone. Later that night, I was curious, so I looked up what makes the little bug glow… as with most science, the scholarly jargon is beyond me, but basically fireflies contain special cells within them that make the light. Interesting, but I thought nothing more of it until almost three years later…

That was a few summers ago, when I first visited Indiana. My boyfriend (at the time) and I had been picked up from the airport and were driving back. As I looked out the car window and into the darkness, I saw flickering lights along the side of the road. I wondered if I was really seeing anything in particular or if it was just reflections of light from the car to whatever was in the surrounding area. Finally, I asked what I was seeing. Much to my delight, they were fireflies; this time not just one, but hundreds! I was captivated. I think I stared out the window for most of the drive catching glimpses of these fascinating creatures. My mind wandered and I remembered what I had read long ago about how they glowed… something inside them, shining outward, but only visible when it was dark…

Later during the trip, there was storm in the area, and we were advised to either stay put or try to get ahead of the storm and return home. We decided to beat the storm, so we quickly headed out and on our way. It was that night that I saw one of the most magnificent sights I have beheld to this day. In fact, the adjective magnificent (or stunning or dazzling or breathtaking) does not seem to do it justice. In my mind, I assumed that during a storm, there would be no fireflies to watch – surely they would hide from the storm – but i was quite mistaken. There must have been millions of them; and instead of keeping low to the ground, as I had seen before, they were up in the trees. No longer simply captivated, I was mesmerized. I don’t know that I can begin to accurately explain what I saw that night… the trees just sparkled!

I think back regularly to that spectacle – reminiscing, wishing I had captured the experience in a picture or that i could see it all over again… To me, fireflies are so phenomenal! I thank God for all things simple and yet sensational that He created…

My mind continues to wander…

Something special within them making light in the darkness, and apparently, even more so in a storm…

If you are a Christian, you too have within yourself something special (or should I say Someone) that can make you a light in the darkness. Ye are the light of the world… Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14a, 16) 

In this world of darkness, does your light shine? Can others look at your life and be captivated by seeing the Light in you? And when the storms of life come (for they always come), will you continue to let your light shine? Others will understand and maybe even expect you to hide from the storm, but will you bring glory to your Heavenly Father by letting your light shine on? It is in those times that others who are watching will be awestruck by the peace you have in the storm. It is in those times that your are a testament to the awesome grace of God!

none of these things move me

Acts 20:24 – “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”

We are each running a course – a course we have never run before. It’s a course full of winding, climbing, soaring, and sometimes falling. There is no way to see the entire course. There is no way to know when the course ends. We call this course “life”, and to finish our course with the joy Paul speaks of, we must determine each day to live moment to moment with the “finish line” in mind. It is with that mindset that we can live each moment to it’s fullest, doing exactly what God created us to do – glorify Him with what we think, say, and do.

Every thought glorifying Him.

Every word glorifying Him.

Every action glorifying Him.

The only thing that can hinder you from finishing with joy is yourself. The only thing in the way is your way and not His way. If you focus on yourself, you will lose sight of the Cross. We often attempt to live this life relying on our feeble selves rather than depending on the Holy Spirit to work through us. Choose to live supernaturally. Let Him work through you. He wants to – depite your shortcomings, faults, and failures – He wants to use you!

So start every day with the decision to crucify your flesh… “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

I heard this quote my senior year of high school, and I have claimed it ever since. “Start every day with the purpose of proving that you love God far more than you love the things of this world or yourself.” I haven’t fully lived it. I do fall short, but it’s something I want to continually strive for.

Living for Him – to glorify Him – will lead you to a life of unfaltering joy. Whether through good times or bad, you will know that He is in control. With every path in this course that He leads you to, you can know it’s in His plan. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” – Jeremiah 29:11 …and when you reach the end, knowing you remained unmoved despite the ever-changing circumstances of life, you can say “I have finished my course with joy.”

lessons learned from a two year old

 

The other day I was working in the nursery, and like every good nursery worker, I was playing with the toys (with the children, of course), specifically with the building blocks. No age will ever stifle the entertainment I find in building a tower out of blocks. Anyway, as I was masterfully constructing my structure, one of the darling children insisted on helping. Instinctively, I wanted to push him away, collect my blocks, and hide in a corner to continue creating my masterpiece. As a twenty-five year old woman, thankfully, I did not act on my instincts; so I allowed the little boy to “help.” And with his two year old expertise, we were able to build a spectacular tower of no more than one foot high before it collapsed.

 
He was upset. Not that it had been destroyed, but that he had no part in the destruction. (Even a two year old knows that demolition is the best part of building blocks.)

 
Well, I decided to appease him. I told him that he had to let me build the tower all by myself, and then when I had used all the blocks to make the tower as tall as possible, he could knock it down. After a bit more persuasion, he finally allowed me to build by myself, and so I constructed the most magnificent four-foot tower you could have ever laid eyes on. Moments later, with one glorious rush upon my monument to childhood, it was eradicated.

 
When God is building, whether it be a church, a home, a relationship, or a life. God will put all the pieces together in His time. He has a masterplan. He is constructing something incredible, but we must allow Him to work through every detail. When we try to take control, we allow flaws that will inevitably weaken the structure, and it will fall. Sit back and allow the Creator of the universe to complete His masterpiece.

 
…And fear thee not, no two year old will come after and destroy what God has created. Thankfully, what God builds, God protects.
“…stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.” ~ Job 37:14


“And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.” ~ Jeremiah 18:4


“Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it…” ~ Psalm 127:1

 

growing pains

as i was growing up, i can recall times in my childhood when i would go through these intense times of pain. i recall my first experience with this pain. i went to my mom in tears. i was absolutely sure that i was dying. i wanted to curl up in bed and fall asleep, hoping to either dull the pain while i slept or eliminate the pain by the time i awoke. my mom negated my idea that i was dying on the inside and informed me that this discomfort i was feeling was actually just “growing pain.” discomfort? this was beyond that in my mind… and a term like “growing pain” made little sense to my simple mind. as far as i was concerned growing = good and pain = bad.

now it’s about ten to fifteen years later… all evidence of physical growth has subsided and i have reached my final height. but now i am discovering that this stage of my life brings a whole new set of “growing pains.” i experience these pains on a much deeper level. my heart aches and my soul groans. there are times where i want to trade these growing pains for the former physical discomfort.

recently, i began to experience a new season of these spiritual growing pains. emotionally, i thought i might die. i wanted to crawl into bed and fall asleep simply to numb the pain. i didn’t understand why this hurt was allowed into my life… then, i went to my heavenly Father, and He showed me that this pain had a purpose. this was a time of stretching, strengthening, and growth. through this pain, i would experience something incredible… i just had to seek Him. i had to trust Him. and i had to wait on Him.

Philippians 1:6 says, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” God is working in me and He is using ways that i do not understand. why? because He says in Isaiah 55:8-9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” until this point in my life, i was pretty sure i knew how life would be played out for the next several years. and until recently, it was all going exactly as planned… then BOOM!

change.

i thought i had lost so much – love, direction, hopes, dreams, security… then i read farther in Philippians and found these verses where Paul says, “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.” with this perspective, i realized that these “losses” were nothing when compared to what i would gain – a closer relationship with Christ. He should be my first priority, my ultimate desire. In Luke 14:25, Jesus tells His disciples, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot by my disciple.” the word hate here is a comparative term. basically Jesus was saying, if you love any of these people more than me, than you cannot be my disciple. what a challenge! did i love God more than any one? truth be told, i can’t say that i did… and with this realization, i begin to thank God for the growing pains. i want to love Him more! He has loved me sacrificially and unconditionally! how could i have neglected such a perfect love for so long?

though i see God working in the growing pains, i often lost patience… the control freak in me says, “okay God, you have my attention. now let’s go. tell me what’s next.” but God says, “wait.” i read in Psalm 27:14, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, i say, on the Lord.” and in Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.” so often, when we come to a trial, we just focus on getting through it. but perhaps we should focus on what God wants to do in it. James 1:3-4 says, “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect, and entire, wanting nothing.” God wants to use these growing pains to teach me, and if i lose patience, i might miss out on much of what God could show me. rushing through the pain could stunt my spiritual growth.

so, i choose to wait. i choose to cherish the growing pains. yes, they hurt at times; but i know that they are making my stronger. i am so thankful for a God who knows me better than i know myself, will do what it takes to bring me closer to Him, and only wants His absolute best for me!

Psalm 37:23 – The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in His way.

Proverbs 16:9 – A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.