Tuesday Topic- Uncomfortable Conversations: Depression

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“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance. …For You are the God of my strength…”

-Psalm 42:5, 43:2

This month on the “Tuesday Topic” we’re discussing depression.  Depression is definitely a topic that leads to uncomfortable conversations in today’s society.  I’ve been seeing this topic slowly come to surface more and more on social media, which is a good thing.  It needs to be discussed.  There are more people dealing with depression than you’ll ever know.  Some don’t even know they are dealing with it themselves. It could be your best friend, co-worker, or even your spouse.  Depression is something that needs to be understood and dealt with carefully in order to fully see healing in that area of a person’s life.

For most people, depression is one of those things that they just don’t deal with.  It can be perceived almost as an invisible creature that doesn’t really exist, as if it were the “Boogie Man.”  It’s constantly brushed under the rug along with other happenings that often occur in the household that are left on the hush, such as eating disorders or molestation.  We’re told to close our closet doors and cover up our truths with our security blankets in the hopes that it would somehow just go away with the rise of daylight.  Depression is a silent monster that seeps its way into spirits without a trace of its entry.  It is a spirit that is not of God.

According to Webster’s Dictionary, depression is defined as follows:

a state of feeling sad :  dejection anger, anxiety, and depression (2) :  a mood disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping, feelings of dejection and hopelessness, and sometimes suicidal tendencies bouts of depression suffering from clinical depression

Depression can occur in any woman at any time for several different reasons.  It can be caused by abuse, medications, conflict, death of a loved one, genetics, major events, personal problems, illness, and substance abuse.  So basically, it can be caused by almost anything in life at the drop of a dime.  Some are more susceptible to depression than others and it can take a toll on all aspects of one’s life.  According to an article from Mental Health America entitled Depression in Women,  “approximately 12 million women in the United States experience clinical depression each year and about one in every eight women can expect to develop clinical depression during their lifetime (2017).”  Depression is NOT a normal part of life and it must be dealt with, but delicately.

In my own personal experience, depression can feel like drowning in a river while tied down with cement blocks.  I’ve felt immovable and lifeless during the state of depression.  It feels like intense pain inside disguised as comfort.  It feels like being sucked into quicksand and falling into an unknown sunken place of darkness filled with doubt, anger, sadness, and low self-esteem.  Depression is a constant battle that I’ve fought continuously in my life and I still do at times.  It’s something that hurts my soul and somehow leaves me breathless.  Sometimes, as I find myself crawling out of my “sunken place,” I slowly slip back down with my arms stretched out helplessly, but I find that others don’t quite understand.  I’ve only recently expressed this to my husband, but there is still a disconnect when it comes to explaining the feeling.  It’s like I’m yelling at the top of my lungs, but only the sound of silence reaches the tip of my tongue.  It’s hard to fully describe or explain what the feeling is to someone who has never felt it.  To someone else, it may be just a phase that can be cured with a little prayer.  Yes prayer works indefinitely, but I would often find myself hiding away from my faith in the comfort of my depression when things got tough or just hard to deal with.  I would see myself at a standstill as the world around me is continuously spinning uncontrollably.  My faith during these times was tested immensely.

So how do we overcome depression?  How do we assist others that we are close with that feel like they are battling depression alone? Support from others is key whether it’s by giving a person space or being by their side every step of the way.  Either way, you are supporting that person by respecting their wishes within reason.  Do not ignore signs of depression and do not sweep it under the rug.  So many take this topic lightly and don’t realize that depression can easily lead to suicidal thoughts.  “Over 90% of people who die by suicide have clinical depression or another diagnosable mental disorder (WebMD, 2016)”.

For some people, alone time and space is necessary for healing. It allows them to sort through their thoughts and emotions to enable them to push through the process.  Sometimes they just don’t want to be bothered.  They know what they need to do and how, but it just takes time to get out of that dark fog.  Some prefer to just be alone in their bubble, so allow them that time for healing whether it’s in the course of days, weeks, or even months.

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Others may be seeking support and understanding from loved ones.  They may need someone to be a listening ear to let out any pain or frustrations they may be dealing with while in their depressed state.  A pillar of utmost support is needed without judgement. Hold that person’s hand every step of the way and be present.  Understand that it will not be easy.  What is not needed, is negative energy, or being told that it’s a phase or to just get over it.  You see, depression is not so simple for those who are in the midst of it.  Coming out of depression is truly a process and staying out is even more of a task.  Being depressed can really mess with a person’s mental and spiritual state.  The state of depression can have a person off track in their spiritual walk with God in a major way.  Each day that they fall deeper, they can find themselves further away from Him.

Between  molestation during my childhood, a time of separation in my marriage, diagnose of a disease, stress, doubt, and low self-esteem, I felt completely broken to a point where only God could put my pieces back together again and He is… one by one, piece by piece.  While finding my way out, I’ve made bad decisions that led to even worse mistakes.  I remember nights of sleeplessness to the point of insomnia because of deep depression.  There were days when I just could not function at all.  I felt incapable.  I felt worthless.  I was to the point where I felt as if my presence was no longer needed on this earth.  Through many trials, I had to realize that my life did have a purpose and I was needed.  I had to pull through the pain, hurt and frustration in my life and turn it into something I can use.  I realized that all I was going through was a test and I needed to pass in order to see a true breakthrough in my life.

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Of course the ultimate cure for depression is God.  He is always the answer and the cure.  During my times dealing with this, God and His word were the furthest things from my mind.  I found it easier to just sit and sulk rather than to push through and lean on His word.  I would feel the spirit tugging on me to get on my knees and pray or dust off my bible and see what the Lord had to say about my situation and I would turn a deaf ear to it all.  Now, I’m not at all saying that breaking out of a depressed state is easy, but what I am saying is that with God there is ease.  His word is the complete handbook for the ins and outs of our life’s daily struggles.  I find so much release and relief in His word.  Daily, I would make baby steps to find my way back on track.  I would immerse myself in song, journaling, and devotion to keep my mind steadfast.  I’ve used sticky notes around the house with positive reminders and scriptures to get me through the day.  I constantly reminded myself that the storm I was going through was temporary and that God would pull me through as long as I had faith in Him.  I wouldn’t allow the devil the satisfaction of using my soul as his playground.  I smiled through my rough days and encouraged others as I encouraged myself.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy; meditate on these things”

-Philippians 4:4-8

Don’t think for a second that you are alone in this.  Regardless of your situation, God is available.  He is listening to your prayers and requests.  He hears your cries.  Be encouraged and keep pushing through, whether it be a loss of a loved one, difficulties in the marriage, or issues in health, He is the only way out.  It may seem like it’s hard right now, but just know that this is only for a season.  Jeremiah 29 verses 11 and 12 states, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”  God’s plan for your life does not end here in this moment.  If you have fallen in depression because of fear or guilt, please know that God is not mad at you.  Your mistakes are not who you are.  They are your testimony of where you have come from, not where you’re going.  He created you for a purpose whether you see it now or not.  You are needed.  You are loved.  You have purpose.  You are capable.  You are enough. Trust, believe, and know these things.

“We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;  persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed… Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

-2 Corinthians 4:8-9, 16-18

Have you ever dealt with depression? If so, how did you deal with it? 

 

Merrium Webster: Definition of Depression Retrieved from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/depression

Recognize the Warning Signs of Suicide. (2016)  Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/recognizing-suicidal-behavior

Depression in Women (2017) Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/depression-women

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer

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Prayer:  “A solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or an object of worship.” – Merriam Webster Dictionary

Prayer is the way we communicate with God.  He hears our prayers and He hears our cries. He also speaks to us through our prayers.  The bible talks about praying without ceasing. 

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Praying without ceasing does not mean that you must be on your knees with your eyes closed at all times speaking to God.  It simply means that you are constantly keeping your mind steadfast on Him.  Don’t look at prayer as such a strict or uptight form of speaking to our creator.  Talk to God in actual conversation as you would your father on earth. Involve Him in your everyday practices.  Speak to Him about your struggles, reveal to him your innermost thoughts.   Praying without ceasing should be compared to living and breathing.  The two go hand in hand. If ever worry or fear comes upon you, prayer should be the first thing that comes to mind.  When you are thankful, encouraged, or going through a storm, prayer should be constant.  Prayer can be a small “Thank you Lord,” to a full out session of prayer and praise, eyes closed and body bent. Prayer is a way to show that you put all of your trust in God at all times with all situations.  When you pray you are letting God know that you place your life in His hands and that all is well with Him.  When you start to pray less, you begin to put more trust in yourself which can lead you astray.

Prayer is not only a time to talk, but a time to listen as well. The Lord knows the desires of our hearts. He knows what our needs are.  We must take the time to sit in silence and listen for His voice.

“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.”

-Matthew 6:7

Listening for God’s voice allows Him to reveal to you his vision and desires for you.  He begins to birth a purpose inside of you that you never could have imagined.  He uncovers the blueprint to reach higher heights and deeper depths in your life and the lives of others.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the father of lights, with whom there is no variation of shadow of turning.”

-James 1:17

 

Favored Freauxs Prayer Challenge

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“I call on you, my God for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.”

– Psalm 17:6

The Lord laid it on my heart not too long ago to start a prayer challenge to encourage others to recondition their prayer lives as well as my own.  To be honest, I was nervous and confused.  I grew up thinking that in order to begin a ministry or to pray for others you have to be someone of a high status or a certain level of authority in the church.  Not so.  God has a purpose for EVERYONE.  If He has called you, answer the call. There is greatness inside of you no matter your position.  When I started Favored Freauxs, my initial prayer was to be a vessel for the Lord and allow Him to use me as He sees fit despite my downfalls.  As He begins to use me, it excites me more than words can explain.

So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”  And the Lord said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”

-Judges 6:15-16

During this challenge, I’d like us to turn the mirror around and work on ourselves.  This walk with God is personal.  It’s not about your attendance every Sunday at church  or how many bible verses you have memorized.  This walk is about your personal relationship with Him.  It’s about how we live our lives outside of those four walls.  We have to make ourselves accountable for our own souls.  There’s no plus one for where we’re trying to go.  I’d like us to use this challenge to allow God to take over completely.  Lets give Him full access holding nothing back.  Allow Him to create in us a new creature, a clean heart, and fill us with His undying love, grace, and mercy.

When it comes to my prayer life, I personally feel like I can  do better in this area.  Not only that, but the way I pray needs to change.  I desire to have a prayer life that does not cease.  I also have the desire to not only pray continuously but to pray in the spirit….yes, there is a difference.  I desire to intercede for others.  My life is not perfect and neither am I.  I want to continue to learn to forgive others and forgive myself for the things of the past.

What are your desires for yourself spiritually?  What are you believing God for in your life?  Are you dealing with hurt, pain, unforgiveness, sin, or bitterness?  Do you have health issues that seem unbearable?  Are you battling with depression, suicidal thoughts, lust?  Have you lost a loved one and feel alone?  PRAY! Cry out to the Lord.  Cast ALL of your cares on Him, not just a few.  Leave your problems and issues with Him.  Don’t take them back.  Empty yourself in the Lord and allow Him to do great works in your life.  My prayer for you all is that He softens hardened hearts, comforts hurting souls, and brings you out of darkness and into His light.  I pray that this challenge  changes lives for the better.

Prayer Challenge Guidelines:

  • The prayer challenge will last for a total of 30 days beginning on June 1st and ending on June 30th.
  • You should see a prompt once you visit this site to enter your name and email address to join the challenge.  If you haven’t already done so, please do.
  • Once you sign up for the challenge, you will receive an email each day with a prompt to guide you through your 30 day prayer challenge. Each day will be on a different topic.
  • You have the option of writing down your prayer or just speaking it aloud.  Writing down your prayers will allow you to return to them in the future to reflect on your spiritual growth.
  • If you would like to share your prayer with me you are more than welcome to do so.  You can also share on social media using the hashtag #favoredprayerchallenge.  These are only options.  You are not obligated to do so.

That’s it.  It’s simple.  I’ll check in throughout the month to see how things are going.  We’re in this together.  Lets lift each other up in prayer during this time and watch God do wonders.

 

 

 

God Is Not Mad At You

GOD IS NOT MAD AT YOU

The Lord Is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works”

-Psalms 145:8-9

A lot of us live our lives ashamed of our selves and ashamed to seek God’s face in times of despair.  We feel that if we don’t have a spot free past that He will forsake us.  We feel that if we are living in sin that He will turn His back toward us.  Even when Eve committed the very first sin, God still loved her in this mist of her shame and guilt.  Contrary to popular belief, God does not hold on to our shortcomings against us in fierce anger.  When we continuously think this way, it leaves ample time for the devil to make his way into our lives and cause so much confusion.  We slowly distance ourselves away from the will of God and find it harder to find our way back on the right path in fear of being a disappointment to others and especially God.  It’s similar to a child in fear of disappointing their parent and keeping distance from them when they’ve done wrong.

The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying:

Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you.

-Jeremiah 31:3

God’s love is eternal and everlasting despite our flaws.  I know it may be difficult to believe because of human interaction.  When we disappoint our friends and loved ones, we find that they may not forgive so easily or take us back with open arms.  God is not of this world.  He created us and knows everything we are doing and will do.  He created the blueprint for the plans He has in our lives.  We are always welcome back in His arms despite our flaws, mishaps, sins, or just bad decisions.

I love the Lord, because He has heard my voice and my supplications.  Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.

-Psalms 116: 1-2

Call out to the Lord in times of need.  When you feel alone, depressed, or stressed, He is the listening ear that will always be available.  God will always have the solutions to your problems and will guide you and keep you.  He is a forgiving God. He will guide you back on the path you were meant to follow and never lead you astray.
What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?”

-Romans 8:31

Just know that you are not alone and God will always be there for you regardless of wrong doing.  God is not mad at you.  Don’t sit dwelling in your past.  Today is the first day of the rest of your life.  God has blessed you with a fresh start, a new beginning.  Take advantage of it right now and start off by giving Him praise for all of His grace and mercy toward you.

 

Motivation Monday- Col 3:23

Happy Monday! (1)“Whatever you do, work heartily as for the Lord and not for men.”- Col 3:23

Hey there freauxs!  Happy Monday.

As we begin a brand new week, let us step into it with a new mindset.  I know that Mondays are not usually anyone’s favorite day of the week, but it is a chance to start a new and put forth great effort to accomplish new goals.  Let’s keep the above scripture in mind and work heartily for the Lord.

Personally,  when I wake up knowing that I am working to please the Lord and no one else, I get an extra boost to get going.  As I open my planner and see what’s ahead of me, it can be overwhelming, but God always makes a way.  I just put my trust in Him to guide my every foot step to get me through the week.

Just remember that there were several people that did not have the opportunity to wake up this morning.  The blessing of life is the biggest blessing of all.  God saw fit to give you the opportunity to praise Him just one more time, to be thankful one more day, and to be a blessing to someone else once more. Treat every task throughout your day as you are doing it for the Lord and see how much of a difference that makes!

Here are a few things I do to keep my mind steadfast on God as I cruise through the week:

  1. Wake up earlier and have a devotion each morning to start your day. You’ll find yourself in such joy and clarity to get through the rest of the day.
  2. Let God speak to you. Stop talking and listen.
  3. Walk according to the purpose He has placed in you.
  4. Play your favorite praise music in the house as you get ready for work and play it in the car on the way to your destination. I even have headphones at work to listen to my worship music while I work.
  5. Even with a busy schedule, make time for prayer throughout the day. It’s mandatory.

By implementing these things in your daily life, you will find that nothing of this world can come in the way of the joy of the Lord.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”- Rom 15:13

Have a blessed and productive week!

You Are Beautiful…Smile

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“You Are Beautiful…Smile”

Last year at my yearly checkup I came across this note on the bathroom mirror.  I’m guessing that one of the nurses might have written this for the patients and fellow employees.  I’m not sure who she was, but I was compelled to take a picture of the message  because it carried so much more meaning than a smiley face on a bathroom mirror. This spoke so many volumes to where I was in my life at the time.

I’ve gone through so much in my life that caused me to look at myself in ways I should not have.  I doubted myself, I was depressed, I felt unattractive, I felt incapable.  I felt like my life had no meaning or purpose.  I felt small. I depended on the opinions of others for my happiness. I was unhappy with myself. It took years and a couple of wrong turns, but I slowly began to learn to love myself again, not just on the exterior, but for what was inside of me as well.

I made this post on my Instagram page a few weeks back:

If no one has told you that you’re beautiful this morning, I’m telling you now.  Not because of your outer appearance, but because God made you in His image.  If God is sufficient, you are sufficient.  I learned this from Ebony Janice and it changed the way I looked at myself.  I am enough…because He is enough.”

 

Understand That You Are Enough:

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

– Genesis 1:27

Just knowing that I am enough  because God is enough allowed me to  free myself of all of those negative things that had me down and I was reminded of the beauty in God’s grace.  Galatians 2:20 says “So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us.  God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”  Just knowing that God loved me just for who I was…for who He created me as changed my whole perspective of myself.   I remember being afraid to even walk past a mirror because of what I might see.  I didn’t want the reflection to be a disappointment.  I didn’t look like a super model and still don’t.  My weight fluctuated continuously.  I’m still trying to grow in my natural eyebrows.  I don’t live in a world of ring lights, filters, and a drawer full of Mac products. My finances are not what I dreamed them to be.   I’m just Erin and I love her…flaws and all.  This was not something that happened overnight, but with time I learned how to have self love simply because of God’s love for me.  I learned to let my light shine in the midst of so much darkness.  I picked up all of my broken pieces and began to put myself together one day at a time just off the strength of knowing that I am enough and that’s okay.

 

Examine Yourself:

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

-Proverbs 31:30

I began to search myself and learn more of who I was.  I also searched the word continuously.  I fasted  and wrote in a journal each day. The only music I listened to glorified God and nothing else.   I took away social media and television and focused on the rawest form of myself.  Let me tell you, a good fast can have you seeing things like you’ve never seen them before.  Today’s society and it’s expectations through social media can have you in a very dark place.  We spend so much time comparing ourselves to others because of the lives that they choose to portray whether they are real or not.  All of these things allowed me to find clarity within myself.  I was able to focus again. I cast out the adverse views of myself and replaced them with encouragement. No longer would the views of others dominate how I saw myself.

Encourage Yourself:

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”

-Proverbs 18:21

I encourage you to look yourself in the mirror and speak life to yourself daily.  If you have to, write it down on a sticky note and post it on your vanity.  It may sound foolish, but it works.  My mirror was lined with pink and gold sticky notes full of inspiration.  I got to a point where I didn’t have to look at the notes to myself anymore.  It was embedded inside of me.  There was no need for reminders.  I believed in this and walked in it regardless of what other people’s opinions of me were.  I realized that God created me in His image and His alone.  There is nothing greater than that.  I am a child of the most high.  There’s no reason to think any less of myself.  I am royalty and I should fix my crown and walk with my head held high.

 

Pass It On:

I tell my daughters on a daily basis that they are intelligent, capable of doing all things through Christ, and they are beautiful inside and out.  Our children need to hear this just as much as we do. They look up to us and feed off of our every word.  We should not allow the enemy a chance to infiltrate our children’s minds or our own into thinking that we are lesser than what God has created us to be.

As women of God, we should also lift up other women.  I find that these days so many women will admire from afar, but never speak a compliment out loud out of pride.  Even something as simple as a smile can change a person’s day.  You have no idea what small gestures can do for a person.  It can turn someone’s day completely around.

I ask that you make it your daily goal to encourage not only yourself but someone else.  It can be with a simple compliment or sparking up a conversation, but the biggest gesture is prayer.  Our words toward others may not be enough, but prayer is always the answer.  We don’t know what others are going through or how they may be struggling to keep it together, but God knows.

You are Beautiful.  Smile

 

 

 

 

 

Motivation Monday: Increase Your Faith

Hello Freauxs,
Okay, So I know it’s pretty late and the day is almost over, but I haven’t closed my eyes just yet. One goal of mine for this blog is to provide motivation on a regular basis.  We all can use a little boost to get us through the week.  I want to touch a little on the power of faith and how we should increase it to pull through the storms that come our way.
Often times we look at our situations and feel like we are not strong enough or intelligent enough to overcome them.  We compare ourselves to others and admire what they have, but have no earthly idea as to how they achieved it.  Everyone has those moments in life where their mind is full of doubt and they feel week-willed.  God puts so many opportunities in front of us on a day to day basis that we pass up assuming that they are not for us, even though our name is permanently engraved on it.

God has the final say and is in control of  His plan for you.  In the book of Judges, God sends an angel to speak to Gideon who tells him that the Lord will be with him and he will save Israel from the hands of the Midianites.  Gideon did not have faith in himself or God at the time that this would even come to pass.

Judges Ch. 6:15: “So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” 

We, as human beings in the flesh do not see and can never phantom what God has in store for us.  God can do the ultimate and the impossible.  All we need to do is have a little bit of faith and we will begin to see his works and wonders unravel before our eyes.  His plans are unknown to us, but God has laid out the stepping stones of our lives.  “A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

The Lord responded to Gideon in verse 16 by saying: “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”  We continually doubt God and what he is truly capable of because of our lack of faith.  When God puts us in a situation, whether it is on the job or at home, we must believe that we were put there for a reason and we WILL overcome through God and no one else.  God can place words in your mouth, ideas in your head, and guide you to places in your life that you never thought you would see.

This “season” that we are going through is just temporary.  We want to admire the things or the situations that others have, but have no idea as to how much pain and suffering, prayer, and above all, FAITH that person has to get where they are now.   One awesome thing about increasing your faith in God is that no one else will be able to see your struggle because you have cast all of your cares on Him.  To the world, you are at peace and have joy and can smile through your situation because you have faith that God has something great planned for you.

The rain in the storms we experience is very necessary for us to see the beauty in what lies ahead.  In order for beautiful things like flowers, trees, fruits and vegetables to grow, it has to rain first.  These plants need water grow and to flourish.  Our trials and tribulations are the water that helps us to grow into strong individuals that can conquer all things that come our way through prayer and fasting.  Have you ever seen a plant grow from dry land?  I’ll wait…  I always say that I am grateful for my storms because it gives me a story to tell to help others to push through their circumstances.  I hope this is a blessing to you no matter what you may be going through.  Keep your faith in God and everything else will prosper.  Let Him be your guide.

Have a blessed week and make each day great.