And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Romans 5:3-5 KJV

Good Morning Beautiful,

This morning, I want to give thanks to God for everything He has done in my life. It’s so easy to get caught up in the “problems” that you miss out on seeing all the ways that God has been there for you. So, begin your morning with thanks today because I know that God will show up for you, but you have to be willing to look. 

One of the beautiful things that I am learning about God is His endless love. At times, it seems not to be apparent, but it is always there. Most importantly, it is there during those times when you feel that your problems are greater than the solution. Or when you think that you have just hit the end and there is nowhere else to go. God never leaves us, but at times we leave God because we take our eyes off of Him and focus on the things that are going around us.

I am learning that trials and tribulations must come for us to see God’s provisions in our lives (hold the eye roll). Before you go off on a tangent asking how or why tribulations and trials are good, let me ask you this one question…

  1. When was your first real encounter with God?

I can tell you that mine happened when I was experiencing depression. When I felt the darkest and unmoved by anything, God stepped in and showed me His love. He showed me His grace and mercy, and for the first time in a long time, I felt relieved, like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. At times I use to question, “why would God allow me to go through this?” I soon realized that I needed to experience that moment because of God’s change in my heart. As the word of God says, “knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope” ( Romans 5:3-4). 

God doesn’t take us through things that He knows we are ill-equipped to handle. God’s word says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).  

We have trials in our lives to teach us how to trust, love, have faith, be patient, and be longsuffering, humble, and develop character. There are great rewards when we withstand the test of time and persevere through our trials. No one is saying that it will be easy or that you will enjoy it. God shapes us to be more like Him, but we have to be the ones to trust Him. 

Digging deeper discussion questions

  1. Meditate on this scripture
    “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. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
  2. What do you believe God is telling you? How is He inviting you to trust in Him more?
  3. Go before God in prayer

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