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When You Are Longing For Answers {Proverbs 8}

When we go through difficult times in life and are longing for answers, there is only one place where we'll find what we're looking for. #Biblestudy #Proverbs #WomensBibleStudy #GoodMorningGirls

I remember a time when I was going through some deep waters in life.  I was longing for answers.

I had a long road trip ahead of me so I grabbed my cellphone with the Bible App and clicked on “The Book of Proverbs”. Then I turned the audio version on and it began to read out loud to me while I drove.  Miles and miles passed and chapters and chapters passed.

At times, I would pause the reading and think and consider my own ways.  Or I would pray and say – “Yes Lord, help me to do this” or “Father, forgive me – I am so guilty of this!”

For 2 straight hours I listened and processed the entire book of Proverbs.

I was seeking wisdom for my situation.

Longing for answers.

I listened and listened and listened.

I did not find the exact answer to my issue that day but what I did find were principles to guide me in righteousness, flaws in my own life that were leading to some of my troubles, changes I needed to make,  and most importantly wisdom and the presence of God for my deep waters of life.

John Piper writes:

If you have a choice between the Word of God and GOLD, choose the Word of God. If you have a choice between the Word of God and MUCH gold, choose the Word of God. If you have choice between the Word of God and much FINE gold, choose the Word of God.

The point is plain.

The benefits of knowing and doing the Word of God are greater than all that money can buy.

And so that brings us to today’s post!

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I’m so excited to have another guest today to share her reflections on Proverbs 8!  It is Bridget and she is a part of the Good Morning Girls Leadership Team.

Bridget profileBridget has been married to her best friend for 14 years. Together they have 3 boys and 1 little girl. For the biggest part of her life Bridget has been concerned with what others thought of her marriage and how she was raising her children. It wasn’t until she realized that there is no such thing as a cookie cutter way to do things that she realized that she was never going to be perfect. That is when she started to view herself with grace. It was then and only then that motherhood and marriage both seemed to make sense.

Bridget lives in a small town in North Carolina and has all her life. She writes full time at Becoming A Godly Wife there she encourages women to be the best wives, mothers and children of God that we can possibly be. When she is not writing you can find Bridget curled up to a good book, playing with her children and stealing special stolen moments with her husband. You can follow Bridget on Twitter, Facebook, G+ and Instagram.

The GMG Verse of the Day

Bridget writes:

We all long for answers about life.

We all want to know why it is we have to go through certain trials or the reasons for our many struggles.

In the middle of all those twists and turns of life it is easy to forget that it’s in those moments we are actually living through things that will build our character and cause us to grow. We also seem to forget that it’s in these very trials and struggles that we are gaining wisdom.

You see in those moments, I developed wisdom that I can pass on to those around me, a closeness with God that I would not change for all the riches in the world and some much needed lessons in faith that I needed to grow in my own walk.

Proverbs 8:10-11 says:

Take my instruction instead of silver,
    and knowledge rather than choice gold,
for wisdom is better than jewels,
    and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.

Following the path that God has laid out for us is not without bumps in the road. However, the lessons we receive during those bumpy times are worth more to us in the long run.

Choosing daily to follow God’s instructions and commandments should be the highest thing on our list of priorities. Not only because it is pleasing to our Heavenly Father but because in doing so, we are also gaining wisdom.

It is that wisdom that helps us in moments of despair, confusion and uncertainty.

These life experiences cause us to become rich with wisdom.

This is why it is so important to be in God’s Word daily, so we can gain the knowledge of God’s commandments that we need to apply to our own lives.

Proverbs 8:17 states:

I love those who love me,
and those who seek me find me.

In order to truly tap into all the love and blessings that God has for us, we must eagerly seek Him.

We must be willing to show reverence to Him by keeping His commandments even when the road gets hard. Not only is this an outward showing of how much we love God but it also causes changes within us.

Our devotion to not only study — but to live out God’s Word, allows Him to remind us and show us that He love us!!

He wants us to seek Him out.

He longs for us to surrender ourselves to Him.

He desires for us to seek out His wisdom.

James 1:5 states:

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

All we ever have to do is sincerely ask and God is more then happy to share His wisdom with us.

Finally, I leave you with these words from our reading this week.

Proverbs 8:33-35:

Hear instruction and be wise,
    and do not neglect it.
 Blessed is the one who listens to me,
    watching daily at my gates,
    waiting beside my doors.
For whoever finds me finds life
    and obtains favor from the Lord,

Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,

Bridget, BecomingaGodlyWife.com

**Chime In**

1.) Are you in a place where you are longing for answers?  You are not alone.  Perhaps share your concern here in the comments so the community can pray for you.  

2.) Have you come through a time where you were longing for answers and God worked powerfully in your life?  Share about how God came through and gave you the wisdom you needed for your difficult time.

42 Comments

  1. Oh, yes, I have been in places where I needed God’s wisdom. Especially as a single mom, I have gone to God time and again just as I would have gone to my husband. So grateful that HE gives wisdom very practically and personally to us if we seek and if we ask. And I love the picture of you driving along by yourself with your Bible app just a playing!

    1. Lisa –

      I love this… “I have gone to God time and again just as I would have gone to my husband.” We all need to hear this – even those who are married!

      Beautiful – thank you for sharing!
      Courtney

  2. I have been in one of those times where I need Gods answers and guidance for quite a while now… My fiancé and I want to get married soon, preferably before the end of this year, but my parents, on the other hand, want us to wait until farther into next year, since they are building a new house and my mom wants me to live with her there yet. I want to do whatever God would want me to do, but somehow I cant find His guidance in this… I know one of the 10 commandments says to honor and obey your parents, but how does that apply to this case? Since it is our decision when to get married, not my parents!

    1. Hi Julia,

      I think you are wise to consider the command to honor your parents. Once we are an adult we come out from our parents umbrella of protection and while we must honor them we do not have to obey them. But if they are paying (as the bride’s family sometimes does) I would say for the sake of peace to really listen and consider their desires. On the other hand – for purity sake, when you know this is the one to marry it is good to not wait too long.

      Communication with your parents is key and listening. Communicate your feelings – listen with an open heart to your parents and pray. God will show you a peaceful way to resolve this.

      Praying with you now.
      Much Love,
      Courtney

  3. I find myself in this situation now. I am seeking wisdom for my future-my husband wants to move-I want to fulfill God’s plans for my life. I don’t feel like I’m doing that now. I want to hear from God, I want to honor my husband. I don’t know what to do. My husband is suffering from anxiety and is having trouble leading. I have enabled him for a long time and have taken care of us financially, in every way. We have been part of a church for a year. I love it, want to be more involved. My husband is a new believer and struggles with many doubts, is not 100% on the church or his faith. He wants a fresh start somewhere new. I am the bread winner and would have to find a job, leave family, friends in my small group, support, and go. I am willing to leave but I need clear direction from God. I need wisdom, direction, a clear next step.

    1. Oh Rachel – this is very hard and I see a heavy burden on you.

      I encourage you to communicate more with your husband on this. Perhaps even write out for him your worries, fears and concerns. Ask him to help you through these things as they are too heavy of burdens for you to carry alone.

      As the head of the home – it’s important that you respect his feelings and decisions and trust God for the road ahead. It’s also important as his helpmate to listen to his worries, fears, concerns and burdens to see how you can help him through these hard times.

      The Holy Spirit is inside of both of you and He won’t lead a husband and wife in two different directions. So I encourage you to pray and yield yourself to God and ask your husband to do the same and trust where God leads. He goes with you and before you and will help you.

      Praying for you now Rachel.
      Lots of Love,
      Courtney

    2. That sounds like a really tough place emotionally for both of you to be in.

      Times are difficult for finding work. Without really knowing your situation, I hesitate to say a lot but what does come to mind is that you are providing what sounds like the only financial stability right now and to walk away from that would need a good reason.

      What is driving your husband’s “bus” for the move? Is it fear? Desperation? (we know where those thoughts emanate) Is there the certainty of another job in the new location; or, is the relocation wishful thinking? We can’t run from our There own insecurities – there is no geographical cure that will take us away from ourselves.

      Maybe some counsel from a trusted counselor / Pastor / Minister could help the situation.

  4. I find myself here now! I have been married 4 years and after being a single mom and independent all of my life – I struggle with sharing decisions with hubby. When it comes to my business – I am like a horse with blinders. He supports all I do, all he asks is that we discuss BIG things like business trips, finances, etc. I struggle with knowing if my business is part of God’s plan or simply just me wanting to do things my way. There are struggles every day in both areas and I wonder if that is God’s way of telling me, this is not where I want you to be. I seek clear direction from God in my business and in my marriage.

    1. Let me just say you are not alone. Married 18 years and still struggle with this! I was raised to be independent, my Dad was rarely home and my Mom did and made nearly every decision on her own as do I. I know God is at work in me on this and my husbands faith is small. He believes but doesn’t follow or study the word of God. He is not a spiritual leader nor the financial leader in our home. It is a constant struggle. I have no respect for my husbands financial decisions nor any trust.

  5. I’ve been longing for answers to a health issue I’ve been going through for 17 months now. I’ve seen many doctors who never have a clear answer or treatment. I’m seeing one now who at least has me on a path to better overall health, but still no real answers for my main illness. I can honestly say though that the Lord has used this health trial to transform my spiritual life and walk with Him like never before so, although I long to be fully healed physically, I wouldn’t change how I was healed spiritually for anything!

    1. Hi Christine. I have been going through something similar. It is so frustrating not having the answers. Most people can label their illness but we don’t have that. But like you said God transforms us through this. My prayer life has become stronger. As I pray for my miracle, I have been praying for others to get theirs and I have seen God move in incredible ways. I love 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV), “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

  6. We had the tremendous blessing of being called, very clearly, to the mission field for about a year in 2013. God’s purpose and direction could not have been more clear. The only downside to that is, we got spoiled! To know without a doubt what the correct choice is, even if it’s hard, is wonderful. We are in a season of seeking Him again now for some decisions that need to be made, and the answers aren’t so black and white. We’re praying for wisdom pretty fervently around here! The timing of this study is perfect.

    1. Hi Johanna. My husband and I just got back from the mission field. I just want to encourage you that God will direct your steps. I had no plans to move to Africa. We were going to be a military family not a missionary family. But God intervened in big ways and brought us overseas. We’ve come back for health reasons and hoping to adopt but we long to go back someday. Pray God brings you wisdom and clarity on the next steps to take.

  7. Our family is going through a waiting period right now. We are cattle farmers and the “family farm” is not “big” enough for everybody, apparently. We feel like we, as a family, need to move on (to save relationships) but just don’t know what that will look like or which way to go. Praying for wisdom and clarity on our next step.

    1. I should add that Prov 8 really spoke to me today. Will be sharing with my husband tonight as we pray together.

  8. This is so timely. My husband and I are going through a rough time in our marriage right now. We’ve been married 17 years. We are both believers and have been very plugged in to our church body with our children for the last 9 years. My husband changed jobs last year and the new job is very demanding of his time. He is not willing to ask for any time off for any reason and even on his days off he is constantly looking at paperwork and complaining about his job. Our relationship is non existent right now because I feel like the kids and I just get the grumpy leftovers at the end of the day. I try to have our house inviting and warm meals for him and I encourage him to spend time in the word and let him know of our desire to be under his spiritual leadership in our home but all he wants to do is sleep or watch television. I’m not a quitter and I’m in this for the long haul, I also know what God requires of me to be a Godly wife. I am willing and trying to be obedient to this call but it is so difficult. Has anyone else been in this spot??

    1. Oh my CJ, i relate with you on this, the desire to have your man as the spiritual covering of your house is so frustrating especially when you talk to him and you see nothing being done. Just persist in prayer and i believe in time he will be the priest that your heart so longs for.

  9. Simply put, keeping God first place, being obedient to Him leads to all things good. No it isn’t easy, life gets tough a lot. Nothing I go through could ever compare to what Christ endured or the ancients and so like them I seek Him in all things and He makes my paths straight and gives me the strength and courage to stand up under it all. Todays Proverb had two verses jump out for me. The first was v.13 the fear of the Lord is to hate evil. Many times I have had women in my small groups ask how they could explain “fearing God” to others or understand it for themselves. I always helped them but this verse is another one for that question, so glad it popped out at me today. The other was v.17 those who SEEK me FIND me. Again simple we have wisdom at our fingertips if we want it for situations, etc… we just need to go after it, so no excuses. I love God’s word for its truth and how really plainly it is spoken to us and our lives. Active and alive for sure!! Thank you Father God for giving us everything we need for a godly life, I pray I will seek you for my needs in all situations and not act through my human ways.

  10. This has spoken volumes to what I am going through right now. I am only 23 years old but I am struggling with a relationship I have been in for 8 month, lately we have hit a rocky patch or arguing over insignificant things. We agreed this past weekend to remain together but to give each other some space as we are both in Law school, my boyfriend is juggling an internship classes family trouble and I know I haven’t helped my starting petty arguments. I decided I would give him some space as he told me he doesn’t want to break up he just needs some space to figure things out, he explained he has so much going on and his mind is so clouded. In my heart I truly feel he is the guy for me and I have been praying for this for so long that God would show me if I am supoused to be with him or not. I am struggling right now because I don’t know if this space is a blessing for our relationship because it has made me step back and be self aware of some things I was doing wrong in our relationship that weren’t supporting him but we’re adding to his stress, or if this is to show me all of this to help me grow on my own and that he isn’t the guy for me. I am having a hard time because I genuinely feel in my heart he is the guy for me, we have different back grounds family wise but we have both been raised in Godly homes and to love the lord which we both do, we have both always said God has a plan for us, right now I don’t have the answers or know exactly what will happen and that is my biggest struggle. I have been praying for strength and guidance and through that I have been able to see things I know I need to change in my life for my general happiness and in regards to being a better girlfriend. I am just so confused and I know I really feel I love this Man who I feel God put in my life, and I want to be able to get over this bump in the road and be the supportive loving girlfriend he deserves, and hope we have a future.

  11. I have gone through ALOT recently and almost failed when I thought God was not hearing my prayer to deliver me and remove me from my trials and tribulations. What I did hold onto was the love and faithfulness of God and that if everything else in my life proved to be empty and unfulfilling God was exactly who He said He was and He doesn’t change. That led me to realize that the trials and tribulations we go through are life changes and for God to remove me from life would have killed me and the process because I would not have grown up. I would not have drawn closer to Him. I would still be stuck trying to get delivered from trouble when the only way out is going through it!

  12. My husband lost his job back in February and we would really love prayers for that. Please pray for encouragement for his heart as he is the sole provider for our family, and I see how hard it is for him to not be in his role as a husband. We know God has a great plan for his job, we just hope it’s sooner rather than later. Also, we’ve been married for a little over seven years and still haven’t been able to conceive any children. It is so difficult and even frustrating that something I’ve desired my whole life has not come to pass. Please pray that God shows himself to us (me especially) with what to do about this situation also. We’ve been walking through this season for sometime now and I just to be able to close this door and move on, it hurts too much to be let down month after month. Thank you for the prayers!

    1. Praying for you Sarah. Have been in both those situations and know how hard they are. My husband has lost his job a few times and those were some of the rockiest days for us. I know the infertility pain as well. Next month we will have been officially trying for seven years. It is not an easy path to walk- but God is there with you. I still struggle each month but there is freedom when we give it to God and trust His plan.

      1. Thank you for praying for us Jenny and for your encouraging words! We’ll be keeping you in our prayers too. This infertility journey is hard and has been long but God knows best and he’s going to work out something amazing for you and me! 🙂 It’s just easier said than done to feel that way all the time….

        1. Sarah, I was in both situations. I lost my job twice but for me it was really about the Lord working in my life. I had a desire placed in my heart to become a nurse but was to scared to step out in faith. I lost my job 1/4/07 because of the mortgage industry starting a downturn. My aunt called me out of the blue (not knowing the desire I had) and said you know, I think you would make a great nurse, have you ever thought about it? I could help you, I would be willing to pay for your schooling!… I was floored but still to scared. I worked 4 jobs and eventually got a job full time. I then lost this job because they closed down. I then tried for over a year to find a job with only 2 interviews. I truly feel like the Lord wanted me in school, he has a purpose for me being a nurse. I’m in school now and have applied to a BSN program. Maybe there is something more to him losing his job that God has not revealed to you.
          My husband and I had been trying for 2 years to get pregnant, this was after being diagnosed and having surgery for stage 3 endometriosis. I became obsessed with tracking my temperature and I finally sat down one day and gave it all to God. I out loud said, you know what, if this is what you want for me you know best and I’ll be okay with it. I continued to track my temp and we tried but I didn’t look it over and sit on the internet like I had been. It took a few months but I did end up pregnant. I truly felt like it was God’s timing and his working in my life. Be patient, I’m sure that he is at work in your life as well! I know that is difficult to do but I believe grieving the situation and turning it completely over to him helped me! I’ll be praying for you (and Jenny)!

          1. Wow Iris. Wow! That’s all I can say. Thank you so much for opening up and sharing your story with me! It means so much and it brings me so much encouragement to know I am not alone. I feel like there is such a stigma with infertility, but more women should open up about it because then we could come alongside each other. Your story truly touched my heart, so thank you again! I just pray for the Lord to help me get my eyes off my situation and focused on only Him! Again, thank you Iris!

  13. About a year ago I started to read through Proverbs as my job was requiring much of my time causing my life to be out of a healthy balance. I prayed that God would provide some options and worked on my part to decrease my hours. Last week, I was laid off from work with only two weeks of severance pay. I may have to temporarily leave the house I live in for some major work to be done and it appears as though housing will be provided. (Praise God, I save on rent!) I am a a stage of life that leaves me very flexible in where I live and now where I work. This study is very helpful as I seek God’s guidance for what comes next. These cycles of reshaping, redoing (not sure what to call it) happen every 5, 8, 10 years and God always brings what is needed and I find it all good. What timing to be seeking wisdom and praying I find her!

  14. My husband and I read a chapter in the book of Proverbs each day. Since today was the 25th, we read chapter 25. Sometimes we will stop and ponder or discuss a verse. Other times as we go throughout our day we will refer a situation back to a verse from Proverbs. In doing this, we have read through the book of Proverbs many times. It is my hope that the more we read and meditate, the more it will stick. We all could use more of God’s wisdom. :))
    All Glory to God!

  15. I feel like I have been living in a state of waiting for a word from God. My husband is unsaved and it puts a strain on our marriage. He doesn’t think or act like head of the household and I try to encourage him and show him that he is. I’ve been going to some classes that my church offers but being that he is not saved he doesn’t feel like it is necessary. I’ve been doing the GMG Bible study for a few months now and I love that I have some like-minded people to spend my mornings with and ask for prayer. I’ve been praying my husband would come to know the Lord and even praying on Sunday’s with a woman on the prayer team at my church (So thankful for Bernadette and people like her!). I really struggle with how to act and the things to say to my husband when it comes to church. He doesn’t see the point in tithe and he feels like since I went on Sunday why do I have to go to a class. It’s almost as if it’s a joke to him at times. I am so torn at times about going or not going to Bible study or classes because of his reaction. I need guidance on how to handle him in these situations and also when and if there are times I should not go to Bible study/classes.

  16. I have been looking for work on and off for three years now, in hopes of realizing some long-term goals and paying off debt. I am currently employed, but we will soon have to repay some significant debt (student loan debt of $75k repayment in around 6 mos., ongoing car and cc totaling ~ $20k), and we still have hopes of a home and a second child. We went into our first decade of marriage not really knowing what we were doing, career-wise, finance-wise, etc., and neither one of us had a strong relationship with God. Both of our childhoods led us to focus on lack, rather than on what we do have: jobs, a roof over our heads, an amazing, healthy child, a marriage that we continue to work on. So, while I am worried about our debt, and how our current income might cover it, I really need to focus on the Word and God, and trust that He will guide us. Thank you for this lovely post. ~C~

    1. I should also say that, something I pray about also, is my husband’s faith. He is a non-believer following an unhappy childhood and and church experience, and I worry sometimes–will our life go “right,” if I believe and he does not? I am raising our daughter to believe, but I still have these fears.

  17. I feel that I am in a waiting period right now. I am asking God to show me what he has planned for me. My husband has decided to buy another home and sell our current home (all without seeking God first & me). I am having difficulty believing that this is what God wants for us. We are a blended family and I feel that he is doing this for himself and his children. Could these feelings be from the Satan? My husband is very obsessive & demanding with me- he doesn’t want me working or talking to my friends or even my family members. I feel like I am completely trapped. I am praying daily & waiting to hear from God. I would love some thoughts.

  18. Exactly a year ago today I lost a good friend. He was only 32 and drowned in a lake. I was devastated and asked God why over and over. But I came to the conclusion (and I mean God put it on my heart, not that I discovered it on my own) that God doesn’t make bad things happen. Maybe he “allows” them to happen because that’s life. That’s the life we humans chose when we sinned in the Garden. We can’t expect God to keep all his children safe forever. Besides, then we’d never get to Heaven which is the goal and it’s so much better than this place anyway. This helped me get through this year. And it also helped me when one of my brother’s best friends who was only 21 was killed in a tragic car accident 3 months ago. Life is hard, but thank God we have hope of seeing these people again.

  19. My family has been going through a number of trials in the past few years. It seemed to start with a chronic back issue that had me laid in bed for about six months until I got surgery. In the meantime, my husband who owns his own business lost clients while tending to our family (3 children who at the time were ages 2-6). He kept this from me because he didn’t want me to worry or feel bad. Also, in the meantime, we became great friends with a doctor (also a member of our church and who served alongside my husband) who helped me by expediting the treatments that I needed. Last year, this dear friend died of cancer (it happened so quick and my husband was by his side almost the entire time). Also, for the past couple years, my husband was involved in leadership and both of us served in multiple ministries during a very trying time for our church. During this time, we got behind in our mortgage due to lack of work and some clients not paying. As a result, my husband must close his business. Before this happens, he needs to find a job because he is the sole financial provider for our family and I homeschool our kids. (The decision to homeschool happened after my surgery.) He has applied to many positions over the course of several months, but has not received a new job yet. Also, because we are so behind in our mortgage, we must sell our house. This past year, my husband was hoping that business would turn around and we would be OK, but the clients that promised work didn’t come through. Again, because he doesn’t have a new job yet, we don’t know where we will be living after the house sells if it sells quickly. Through all of this, I must add, we have been greatly blessed with family and friends praying for us and occasionally coming beside us to help financially. They’ve been like “God winks” reminding us that He has not abandoned us. However, we have since left our church, possibly temporarily (depending on where my husband gets a job), because we thought we had another place to live during the summer while we were trying to get the house on the market. However, things changed and the other house isn’t available for another month. Thankfully, we’re allowed to stay in our house until it sells. I would greatly covet prayers for God’s wisdom and to be obedient to His will. I also pray that we continue to seek truth and remember that God never changes…that He loves us and will see us through this trial. Thank you!

  20. Hi! I am a new follower and it looks like I am following just in time. When i was a very small child, my parents separated. It was very ugly. My mom leaving in the middle of the night and not letting my dad know anything for almost a year. I know my dad battled alcoholism along with other addictions. Eventually my dad gained full custody and I havent seen my mom in over 10 years. Recently we have been in contact and I have planned to make a trip to see her. I told my dad. I didnt want to keep secrets. Well, he has completely lost it. He wont even speak to me. Should i continue with my trip? Or for the sake of my relationship with my dad just call it off? I feel as though I have a right to know who my mom is. They both have a past and made mistakes.

  21. Hello, I found this website and am looking forward to reading here. I became saved and baptized at age 10. I am now 45 and in the last 4 years I have completely strayed. I feel so lost, I have known God is with me, but I have made terrible decisions. I am a single mom in a weird relationship that I have allowed to take control over me. I have made poor choices. God has blessed me with a great job which I love. My poor choices have taken me down a road that really scares me. I have never been a bad person and now could possibly be labeled one and go to jail and lose my job for something very stupid I should have known better. I know I have to pay for my sins. I am worried and scared I don’t want to leave my daughter. I have prayed and yes this was a wake up call. I am asking for your prayers and for some friends to lean on to get me back on the my path. I have no women friends here that I trust or do anything with. Thank-you

  22. I am in this time of life right now. I have just graduated from college and still am in search of my entry-level job for my career. I feel God calling me to move out of state because every time I try to find one on state I get in a straight panic. I do not know if its me or where I am called to go? I just want answers so my job search could go more smoothly.

  23. Hello Ladies,

    I find myself at the place of standing still and seeking the Lord. It has been a long six years of struggling with medical issues caused by negligence and lack of care. I have struggles with knowing this and have had to truly trust in Gods purpose for my life and my pain. I have had to live out Proverbs 3:13 and find Joy each morning in His wisdom and purpose for my pain. Recently, I read that God does not waste our pain. Our pain is purposeful if we gain wisdom from the Lord and apply it in our testimonies. Our pain gains momentum when we use it to bless others. Thank you for reminding me of this in your blog and allowing me to see my purpose. Please pray as i continue to work on what God is calling me to do through all of my trials. He has called me to use my twenty years of journal writing to bless others. Will keep you posted on His work through me. Looking forward to meeting you gals on Facebook when I feel better. Surgery #6 but who is counting!

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