Seasons, pain and purpose


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When the suffering seems to be far from over, remember it’s only lasting as long as it should.

There’s a work being done.

A will being broken.

A surrender being born.

A God initiated intimacy welcomed the moment comfort has ceased.

When you want to pray for it all to end, instead pray for it to have its way. To break the parts of you that don’t look like heaven.

– Jackie Hill Perry

To anyone going through a storm, a rough patch, a valley, a cloudy season, let the words above sink in. Don’t focus on the fire you seem to be passing through but on the purpose for which God allowed the furnace to be switched on. We should not be quick to always blame the devil when things get uncomfortable. Sometimes the pain is God’s will. And the only way we will know if it is, is if we seek His face.

To anyone going through a field of sunshine, floating on cloud nine, enjoying the view from the mountain top, enjoy the season. Meditate on God’s goodness, constant through the good and the seemingly bad. And remember that even when the winds change, God doesn’t. The sky might darken and the sun may seem to varnish but the Son will always shine bright, and He never leaves.

And to everyone who is a child of God, whether on the mountain or in the valley, take His words to heart. Remember:

… we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28

Yes, even when we do not understand, we know. So stay confident in Him who has your back, always.

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8 thoughts on “Seasons, pain and purpose

  1. ONAH says:

    Thank you for sharing on such an amazing topic.May God continue to bless you.

    They are certain verses i meditate on when I am going through a storm. John 13:7,when Jesus communicated with his disciplines that they don’t understand what He doing now but later they will understand. 2 Corinthians 5:7,that reminds me that we walk by faith not by sight.Lastly Matthew 28:20,that tells me He is with me to the very end of time.I hold on to these promises when i am in the valley.

    I have learnt a few lessons during my stormy season.Firstly, that I can’t go through the storm with God and remain the same.I realized in each storm that comes my way I keep on getting to know who God is in my life.
    Secondly, when trials come my way am slowly learning to stop asking God why, because i realized it’s when I am down in the valley my faith increases.

    • The graced misfit says:

      Aww Onah! Thank YOU! & Amen & May God continue to bless you too.

      Thanks for sharing those verses, its so heart warming how much comfort the Word has to offer. 🙂

      Those lessons are on point, hey! I can relate 100%.

  2. Amakamedia says:

    This is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing. Even when we don’t understand . . . even when it doesn’t look like it . . .even when it seems bleak . . . God never leaves. That’s the best time to TRUST HIM. Someone said: Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light. It will always come through.

    Thank you, Ore-ofe. 🙂

    • The graced misfit says:

      Amaka… Forever making sense. 🙂 You’re so right, my dear. The essence of trust and faith is best seen when the odds seem to be stacked up the wrong way.

  3. Uju says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. Through hard times and just when it seems like things are not working I learn to tell myself I am a chosen generation, I am chosen because indeed many are called but a few are chosen and since I am chosen it was for a purpose and I cant just give up now.

    But still when words fail me, with his grace being sufficient I still trust in Him.

    • The graced misfit says:

      Thank YOU for sharing. Yep, its important that we know exactly who we are and in Whom we’ve believed. That knowledge is such a great encouragement when things get hard.

      Hope you’re doing great. x

    • The graced misfit says:

      It so exciting to have you here, Daniel! Thanks for stopping by.
      I really appreciate the kind words, especially coming from you.
      Aww, the ever sweet A! Team. You guys are amazing. Tell the Team “Hi” right back!! 🙂

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