Beauty from the Ashes: A Guest Post by Rebekah

Hello, my friends!

Today, one of my dear friends and fellow writers, Rebekah, is guest posting. I am thrilled to have her posting today, and I am sure you all will enjoy her post too. ❤

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. 

Romans 8:28

       Do you know how diamonds are formed? Deep in the earth, diamonds are created under conditions of extreme heat and pressure. How about gold? Gold is refined and purified by fire. In both cases, diamonds and gold have to endure difficult processes before their true beauty is revealed. In life, we all go through these same painful processes.

      We’ve all gone through hard times. We’ve all felt pain. We’ve all had experiences we wish we could forget or wish had never happened in the first place. 

      And we often wonder, why did we have to experience all of that pain? We can’t see why those things happened to us; why we lost our loved one, or why our dreams never really worked out the way we wanted them to. But there is a purpose for your pain. God has a purpose for your pain. 

      Yes, I already know what some of you might argue. God doesn’t care; if He did, He wouldn’t have let me go through this. If God was really good, He wouldn’t allow suffering. How can this be a part of God’s plan for me? How can any good come from this?

      I know exactly how you feel. But God does have a plan. There is a purpose for your pain. Goodwill comes from what you’ve experienced. 

      You know how I know? God promises in His Word that He’ll work all things out for the good of His children. And our Heavenly Father never breaks His promises to us. When He says something, we know for sure that it’s true. So when He tells you He has a plan for your life and He’s going to bring beauty from the pain, listen because what He says is always true.

      In Jeremiah 29:11, God says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to give you hope and a future.” God can see the whole picture. He knows your past and He knows your future. He knows what’s best for you in the long run. And because your Heavenly Father loves you with an unimaginable, unconditional love, He will always do what’s best for you, even though, to you, it might not seem like it at the time. 

      Like a good father, God will stop you before you unknowingly do something that may bring harm to yourself or others. To you, this might feel unfair, seem unpleasant, or even painful when God does what’s best for you. But God, in His infinite wisdom, knows what is best for His children and will always do what’s best for you, because He loves you.

     It will be difficult, even painful at times. But you can trust your Heavenly Father because He always has your best interests in mind. Whatever you’re going through right now, God is with you (Joshua 1:9). He’s standing next to you, ready to take your hand, or even pick you up and carry you. He’s right by your side, helping you every step of the way. 

     God also allows us to experience trials to grow us into who we’re meant to be so that we can better glorify Him. Our purpose in life is to bring honor and glory to our Heavenly Father. The hardships we go through help us become more like Jesus and allow us to be able to bring glory to God through our stories. 

     God uses hard times to shape us into who we are meant to be (James 1:2-4). So when it feels like the flames are too hot and you’ll never be able to escape, remember that these hard times are refining you into who God has called you to be. And when the pressure seems to be more than you can bear, remember that this isn’t the end; you’ll endure these trials and you’ll come out on the other side, strong and beautiful. 

     God will bring good from the trials, gold from the fire, diamonds from the pressure, and beauty from the ashes.

I hope you all enjoyed this week’s post! Thank you so much for reading!

       

About the Author

Rebekah has always enjoyed reading and, now, she has a passion for writing. When she isn’t writing, she can be found reading, spending time with her family, and playing music. As a writer, she spends hours exploring her own fantasy worlds, befriending her characters, and most importantly, aims to glorify God and encourage others with her work.

Scripture on Sunday: Three of my favorite Bible Verses about loving your neighbors

Hello, my friends!

Since Valentine’s day is tomorrow, I thought I’d share 3 of my favorite Bible Verses loving your neighbors.

 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Ephesians 4:32

This verse is the one that is heard most in my house when my siblings and I are squabbling. I love this verse as it reminds us not only to be kind and love our neighbors but to forgive them just like Jesus forgave us.

A friend loveth at all times.

Proverbs 17:17

A friend loves at all times. Not just when the other person is being kind, but at all times. This verse is one I am really trying to live by, as I have a few friends that are harder to love all the time. 😅

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.

`1 Corinthians 13:4

This verse is an excellent reminder of what love is and what it isn’t. Love is patient, and love is kind. As mentioned above in Proverbs 17:17 we need to love at all times and be patient.

Let’s chat in the comments – What are your favorite Bible verses on love?

Thank you so much for reading and have a lovely Sunday!

Scripture Sunday: Proverbs 3:5-6

Hello, my friends!

How are you all doing this Sunday?

This week, I am focusing on the verse, Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

I’ve always loved this verse, ever since I memorized it years ago when I was around the age of 4.

It’s a wonderful reminder to help us trust God and to focus on Him. And know that He has a plan for each and every one of us.

And also, it reminds us that we need to acknowledge God in everything we do. In every little choice, every decision. We need to let God be part of it.

What parts of your life do you need to acknowledge and trust God in more?

If you want to study along with me, click here to download a graphic for you to print out.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

The Christmas Blog Tour Wrap Up and Scripture Sunday

Hello, my friends!

Welcome back to the Christmas Blog Tour! (New to the tour? Check out Bethany’s kickoff post for more details.)

Today, I’m going to be wrapping things up by sharing three of my favorite Christmas scriptures! Shall we get started?

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:10 and 11

This was the first verse Christmas I memorized, and ever since then, it’s been one of my favorite verses.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

I’ve always loved this verse – An excellent reminder of all that Jesus is. That He is mighty, and the Prince of Peace and so many other things.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

Matthew 2:10

This verse I only really read and memorized this year, but it’s one of my favorites now,.

I hope you all enjoyed following the tour, and if you missed a post, here are all the links:

Blog Tour Announcement on Bethany’s Blog

Stop #1 on my Blog

Stop #2 on Bethany’s Blog

Stop #3 on Rachel’s Blog

Stop #4 on Anna’s Blog

Thank you all so much for joining us!