Recently I have found myself in what I refer to as a death or pruning process. While no pruning seems pleasant at the time, if we patiently endure it, it will give way to new life and much fruit will be produced. James 5: 7-11 says “We must aim high to reach the highest goals. To produce the best fruit requires work, time, patience and perseverance.” Often times God will use the trials and afflictions that we go through to strengthen our faith, and to refine us like the gold. “These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold–though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials,it will bring you much praise, glory, and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world” (1 Peter 1:7).
It is often at our weakest and most lowest point that Christ’s power is the strongest in us. “His strength is made perfect in our weakness” (2 Corinthians 4: 9). I personally, know what it feels like to be weary from the battle and feel like you are truly at the end of yourself. But I sense the Lord saying “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41: 10).
Often during the intense times of trial and in our weariness, the enemy will come and try to get us to doubt the promises of God, and even our calling and destiny. It is during this time that we need to strengthen ourselves in the Lord, His word, and His promises to us. I know that it helps me to go back to my journal and reread what God has spoken to me over the past several months. Sometimes, I will see how many of the prayers I have prayed have been answered. This encourages and build up my faith. My encouragement to you today is – Keep pressing on! Isaiah 40: 31 says “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run, and not be weary: and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Just like the caterpillar experiences the painful, uncomfortable process of being inside of it’s cocoon, new life is actually taking place in what feels like a death process. In reality, part of the caterpillar’s old body actually dies off while it is in the process of being transformed into a beautiful butterfly. So it is with us, that during the pruning process, death actually gives way to new, abundant life. Caterpillars have butterfly DNA in them… So get ready to soar, because your best days are ahead of you! “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.” (Jeremiah 29: 11)
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Oh yes, I can identify with going through the fire….and being pruned! And it seems like everywhere I turn, God’s people are going through so Many Really Hard Hard trials. I know it’s all for a good reason…..so we throw up our hands & say: God I can’t do this anymore….I can’t change my mate or family….I don’t know what to do….I need your help….I don’t have any answers anymore…..I’m at the end of my rope…..I feel like I can’t go on! I feel like in the past few years I’ve been on the back side of the dessert….all alone….on my tiptoes, barely holding my head above water. But it’s been an amazing learning experience! I feel like God allowed me to be backed into a corner in many situations in my life & family where I had no answers or idea what to do. I felt like I was totally at the end of myself….completely physically, emotionally, & spiritually exhausted, trying to keep everything together. At times all I could do is cry & say….God Help! But what an eye opener…..when I was at my weakest….feeling like I was at the end of myself….and trying to solve all my problems by myself….& when I was desperate for help….God came through in so many unbelieveable amazing ways! If you put Him first, He will make a way where there seems to be no way! He says when we are weak….He will show Himself strong for us…..not when we are strong & think we have it all together! God shows up in our desperate weak despairing lonely fearful confusing times…..if we cry out to Him. And he made us for community. He says not to forsake going to church…and getting together with others who are able to pray for & have fellowship & encourage one another! Thank you Angie, for all your great wisdom & incite in here! And I want to say….I read your book also & loved it. So many of us have experienced some degree of rejection in our lives. Your book is an amazing testimony of how God can go to the deep wounded places inside of us….and walk us through layer upon layer of healing. It’s a process…we’re all at different places of healing in our journey with God. And because of your willingness to be transparent & share some of the hard stories of rejection & woundedness in your past, I believe your book is touching many others who need desperate help & healing in this same area. God says what satan has meant for destruction, God will turn around for the good. Thank you for this website Angie….thank your for your heart to touch others who are hurting & in desperate need of help!
Amen Mary Jo! Thank you so much for sharing your heart, and for your words of encouragment to me. You are such a blessing! God can bring beauty from the ashes, and turn our weeping into joy. He is faithful!
In Christ’s Love,