Sometimes, going through a difficulty is necessary, in order to gain perspective, and in order to achieve lasting change. Sometimes we get too comfortable in our own little bubbles and our realities become hazy. When this happens, God is like, “No, I have way too much in store for you. You can’t stay here in this comfortable place.” Oftentimes that comfortable place is not God’s best, but our best. God’s best for our lives, challenges our comfort zones. I’m reminded of a song by Kirk Franklin. The song’s entitled, “Just For Me”. The chorus to this song says, “It don’t feel good
But growing never does
It don’t seem fair
For you to call this love
But if necessary pain
Is the ingredient for change
Even when life may be bittersweet
It’s working
Just for me.”
Lord, have mercy. If this isn’t the truth, I don’t know what is… More often than not, it’s our pain that leads us to our purpose. It’s those seasons of difficulty that reveals our true character and the truth of those around us. It’s a shame that sometimes, we have to lose some things, in order for God to show us who are really for us and who’s not. It hurts that sometimes we must lose what we perceive as best for us, in order for God to show us, we can do better. It’s terrible that we can know the truth about a matter, but live a lie until we’re negatively impacted as a result of us turning our heads. Then, we finally wake up when the truth slaps us in the face, because the truth hurts, which is why we don’t like facing it in the first place… The fact of the matter is, we can all do and be better, but as long as we do and be whatever’s in our comfort zone or within our power, we will remain beneath the level in which God has called us. So, he has to burst our bubble, and take us through. He has to stir the winds and seas of our lives a little bit or a lot of bit, 😂 and He has to rock our boats, just so that we find ourselves in Him. (Read Matthew 8:24-27) God has to disturb what we consider peace, in order to stir our faith. Think about it. If you didn’t go through something, you wouldn’t be who you are today. You may have hated what you were going through then, but you’re thankful for it now. Going through teaches us to trust God. It teaches us to get out of the comfort zones of our lives, just as Peter got out of the boat, and it teaches us to step out on faith in Christ, if we want to achieve the impossible in life; just as Peter did, when He focused on Jesus and walked on water. (See Matthew 14:25-31) Whether life pushed us out of our comfort zones or we stepped out on faith, I believe that if we really think about what we went through, we can all agree that with Jesus, the worst parts of our lives made us better. 💪🏾 Romans 8:18, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” You should shout, “I’m better for it! In Jesus name!”

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God is full of surprises. Don’t you just love those unexpected blessings He pours on us! What about those timely messages of inspiration or confirmation from a complete stranger! Those are so awesome! 🙌🏾 Just when you think you’ve figured Him out, boom! Surprise! Lol, but sometimes the surprises doesn’t always feel good and exciting at first. Sometimes God’s surprises comes as a challenge. It comes to nudge or even push us out of our comfort zones, and level up our faith.
Ecclesiastes 3:11

Good News Translation
He has set the right time for everything. He has given us a desire to know the future, but never gives us the satisfaction of fully understanding what he does.
How many of you like the game Uno? 🙋🏾‍♀️ It’s one of my favorite games. Well, oftentimes our faith walk can feel a lot like the game of Uno. I know mine does! We don’t know the cards we’re going to get dealt in life, we just play them the best way we can, and sometimes when we yell, “Uno” and prepare ourselves for the win, guess what God hits us with? That’s right. That good old, draw four. *Pulls cards* 🤬1, 😫2, 🙄3, 😒4… I’m like dang, can I catch a breath, Lord? He be like, “It’s working for your good.” (See Romans 8:28) I be like 🧐😐😒 “Okay, God. Thanks. I don’t FEEL or it doesn’t LOOK as if it’s working for my good, BUT JESUS I TRUST YOU! I will walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).” You see, I’m going to be straight up with y’all just like I am when I speak with God. He’s my Father. I’m not going to pretend that waiting doesn’t suck, sometimes. However, I have enough understanding to know, sometimes the wait is necessary. I’m not going to pretend that it doesn’t sting sometimes, when God tells me no, because truth is, sometimes it hurts, but I have enough wisdom to know that when He says no, it means there’s a better way. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Check this out though, sometimes that better way doesn’t immediately make us better, or feel better for that matter. It’s all a process. Oh, how great it would be to never have to go through anything and automatically walk into the promises of God. Yeah, nice thought, but there wouldn’t be any room left for faith and real trust in God. There also wouldn’t be much room to learn, grow and become wise. So, although I don’t like these not so fun at first, types of surprises, I’m not moved by my emotions. I choose to walk by faith. I’ve learned that just because I don’t always understand why, doesn’t mean that what I’m going through is of the enemy. I’m a child of God, and Jesus leads me. Therefore, if I’m going through something I don’t understand, it’s to test my faith. God allowed it! Remember people, if you are a child of God, the enemy has to get permission to do anything to you (See Job 1:12), and if God allows it, He will also make you better for it. God doesn’t allow you to go through what you go through to tear you down, He allows it to build you up! It will always serve a greater purpose. Romans 8:18, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Hang in there! Keep the faith! Believe the best is yet to come! “Uno, out!” 😉💪🏾🙌🏾

Love gave us free will, to choose to love or hate. He gave us the choice to trust him and be obedient to his Word, or to trust our feelings and take matters into our own hands. Whatever path we choose, we can be sure that his love for us is unfailing. Jesus died for us when we were his enemies. He loved us even when we didn’t have it all together. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of a family like that?  He never gives up on us, and his mercy is new every day! Everyday we have a choice to trust the God who created us, or to trust what feels good at the moment. There is no gray area when it comes to being a child of God. Either you belong to him, or you don’t. We all know the consequences of sin, and the final result is death, but Jesus came to reverse the curse. As believers, when we leave this life, we will pass into life everlasting. This walk isn’t forced on us, we chose faith over fear. We choose to live by what we know in our heart, mind and soul, and not what the world tells us makes sense. As for me, I’ve tried him, and I know that God is faithful. I’ve taken matters into my own hands before, and have done things outside of Gid’s will, and I screwed up every time. Thank God for his grace! I finally understand what Paul means in 2 Corinthians 12:9, that his grace is sufficient! I choose to use my free will, to live for God, through Christ, simply because he’s God, and there is NO ONE, like him! His faithfulness doesn’t have anything to do with how many times I fall, and that’s what motivates me to get back up and keep pressing towards the mark, again like Paul! God’s always there for us as his children (that’s favor), and he’s promised he will always be, even until the end of the world! Now who wouldn’t serve a God like that?

I believe that Dory was on to something in Finding Nemo. Too many times in life we go around with our heads down or we even feel like giving up when things aren’t going the way that we’ve planned. I know how hard it is but just keep swimming as Dory said. I know it seems like you’ve been under the water forever and you feel like you’re going to drown at any given moment but keep swimming. You’ve been holding your breath longer than you’ve planned but the more you swim the closer you’ll get to that breakthrough, keep going! You may have to face some sharks and you may even have to be placed in some lonely and uncomfortable situations but keep going, you’re almost there. If you do what you can. God will do the rest. Just keep swimming, you’re almost there. ☺️