Finding God In The Trials

Finding God In The Trials

Whether we're on a mountain top or in a valley low, He is always with us.
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This past year has been by far the hardest year for my family. The devil has hit us none stop with various trials that have been affecting all aspects of our lives. So, if we're being complete honest, it bites, and I know after hearing from many other Christians that they are going through lots of trials now. Just recently, within the last few weeks, a common theme I've heard talked about is new seasons. Seemingly for me, believe that it is God's way of preparing us for what is to come. To have our hearts, minds, and souls prepared at all times. Am I alluding to the rapture? No, not specifically, but it is always a possibility. After all tomorrow is never promised, and prophecy is beginning to come to pass, depending on who you ask. However, I am leaning towards the fact that the devil seems to be throwing harder punches now a days, and it is all to important to remember that God is with us through it all. I know for all Christians, that it is so easy to forget that He is with us. Even in our darkest hours, He is experiencing our pain and suffering, and He is there to comfort us and guide us.

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I pray that in our times of great trial and hardship that God may continue to burn your flame for Him. That He will remain a constant in your life whether in school, at our jobs, in our homes, and through our communities. I pray that He will show you in the smallest ways that He is always our ever reigning King. Finally, I pray that your heart of worship would not grow dry because even in our trials He is our sovereign God. Amen.

Drawing from my personal life, I can tell you that the devil is all too real. I think we forget that sometimes whether life is going great or not so great. On the mountain tops, it can feel like nothing can drag us down, and that is when the devil acts and says no I'm still here. During the valleys, it is so easy to get caught up in our own chaos that we can sometimes forget that it is the devil attacking, and we end up blaming or becoming angry with God. Both are dangerous situations to be in. Once we hit that point in a certain season when we realize the devil's presences it feels like there is only just him drowning us in torment and suffering. We completely forget that God is there.

Speaking a little bit more on my family's struggles within the past year, and being a bit more transparent, the devil has attacked my mother non stop, and it is one of the most painful things to watch. My mother is an incredibly godly women and true follower of Christ, so I know that it makes her a prime target for the devil. Over this past summer, God brought my mom and I closer together, which is something we haven't been for a long time. As a result of that, I had conflicted emotions about coming back to school. I didn't want to leave my mom in her time of trials, but God showed up in a miraculous way to say "Kamryn, I am still here. I am walking with you and your family as you go. I love you and I will never forsake you. I know where you need to be, and I will carry your mom through her trials." Even when I was losing focus of God's presence in my life he came in and showed me otherwise. Maybe he has done the same thing for you? Probably not in the same way as me, but in a way that your belief in Him would be reassured and a spirit of comfort was given to you.

" It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." Deuteronomy 31:8

God is always with you, through every season in your life; good and bad. His love for you is unwavering. He will fight for you. He is God, and he will never let us go. The most important thing of all is to remember that the war is already won, and it was done at the cross.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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To The Christian Girl Against Feminism, Religion Isn't An Excuse Not To Fight For Equality

Religion is not an excuse to not fight for feminism.

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When I first read the article "I'm A Christian Girl And I'm Not A Feminist..." I thought it had to be a joke. Unfortunately, it was a sad reality.

I am a privileged white female. I came from a middle-class family with a law-enforcement father. I still am smart enough to realize we NEED intersectional, no strings attached, unconditional feminism. Anyone who disagrees is just wrong. In this case, the author is trying to base her outdated sexist beliefs on the Bible, and I am appalled.

At first, I thought it was a joke, I genuinely read the title out loud to my father and even he said it had to be a man pretending to be a woman. As I read the article I realized that sadly this is a girl who has had religion corrupt her life.

Religion can be a beautiful thing, it can change lives and give people hope that they need. I have heard countless stories about how finding a god has made people better, and that is incredible. However, using religion to say women don't deserve the same as men is absolutely absurd.

Part of me wants to scream in her face that she can't be ok with being a victim, another part of me wants to throw my hands up and give up on her and like-minded individuals. However, in a time like ours where women are coming so close to being equals, I can't sit down or act irrationally.

So here are the facts:

1. Women who work fulltime only make 77% of men's salaries on average. African American women only make 64 cents per dollar and Latina women only make 56 cents per dollar. Imagine being just as capable and trained just as well but a guy makes more money than you because he has a penis.

2. One in three women around the globe has experienced sexual violence. ONE IN EVERY THREE. YOU'RE SURROUNDED BY SURVIVORS. If women were considered equals that would not be the case.

3. Only 24% of high-level management positions are held by women. That's worldwide. 195 countries. Let that sink in. This isn't because women aren't smart either, 60% of all United States college degrees are awarded to women.

4. Women are not allowed to vote in many places, like Saudi Arabia or the Vatican. Imagine not having the right to vote! YOU GET NO SAY IN ANYTHING.

You can thank women for your right to work, vote, get an education, practice a religion that you chose, a range of professions, windshield wipers, bras, dishwashers, diapers, need I go on?

Women are strong as hell and your misinterpretation of an outdated book does not dimish all of the amazing things women have accomplished and will continue to accomplish.

To quote one bad bitch, "Power's not given to you. You have to take it." — Beyoncé Knowles Carter.

Now ladies let's get into our feminist formation and fight for our rights!

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