God Please Take My Pain Away

To The Girl Who Wishes That God Would Just Take Her Pain Away

It's not about God stopping all the things that look bad.

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"Remember, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. God didn't put out the fire. He just put Jesus in there with them and they came out without smoke. It's not about God stopping all the things that look bad; it's about who is in there with you."
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Whenever something bad happens to us, we always pray for God to "take it away."

"Take away my pain."
"Take away my depression."
"Take away my anxiety."
"Take away my sickness."
"Take away my injury."
"Take me out of my situation."
"Take away my heartache."

We are the generation of fast-acting. We tweet thoughts out faster than we can think and find information in the blink of an eye. So when we find ourselves in some sort of pain and suffering, why can't that be taken away just as fast too? I mean, God does ask for us to pray and tells us that He will answer.

But the thing is, He may not answer in the way we like.

Instead of healing us from a bad breakup, and making us immediately over them as soon as we stand up from praying, He may have us walk in this heartache for a while. He may use that heartbreak to shape and mold us into the people we will be, or use that heartbreak to help others in similar situations. He also may do nothing with our heartbreak that we will know of.

We aren't meant to understand or comprehend why God does what He does sometimes. But what we are meant to know is that God is always with us. He is there as we are having panic attack after panic attack. He is there as our significant other is dumping us. He is there when a family member dies. He is there throughout all the pain.

He could have easily rescued Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from that fire. He could have sent some rain or a big wave to put it out and rescue them. It still would have looked cool and have brought glory to Him. But instead, He chose to put Jesus in there with them. Things were most likely awful in that fire. It was probably hot, scary, and flames all around. But that didn't matter because Jesus was there with them and because of that, they were okay.

God didn't take away their situation or immediately rescue them. He didn't just take the fire "away." He walked with them through this moment and stayed.

Sometimes God doesn't take us away from our circumstances. He may instead walk with us through the fire and guide us to safety. Whatever it is your struggling with, it isn't about the pain, or how much you are suffering, but who is in the flames with you.

God.

And He is never leaving you. No matter what.

So walk through that fire. It may be painful and hurt, but remember who is always with you. God is right there holding your hand and comforting you every step of the way.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.
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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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5 Facts About Spiritual Gifts That You Need To Know

Different gifts, but from the same Spirit

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1 Corinthians 12:4-5 states; "[4] There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. [5] There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord." We see that there are multiple spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Lord.

1. We all have different gifts and that's okay

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Just like a body has different parts that each has its own function, that's like the body of Christ. We all have different gifts and different purposes, but we're all part of the body of Christ. God has a plan for you and has given you certain gifts. God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the calling.

2. There are various spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible

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Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 are some of the bible passages that talk about spiritual gifts. Giving, leadership, mercy, prophecy, service, tongue interpretation, administration, discernment, hospitality, missionary, and evangelism are some of the spiritual gifts that people can have. We can desire any gift, but it's God's choice on what gifts He gives us.

Remember, everyone can receive speaking in tongues via baptism in the Holy Spirit, but not everyone will get the gift of tongue interpretation.

3. Spiritual Gifts are supernatural abilities that are either given or enhanced via the Holy Spirit

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God gave us these Spiritual gifts because God wants to invest in His church.

4. Spiritual gifts are for strengthening others

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We have spiritual gifts in order to help others.

5. It does take time for gifts to mature and develop

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Like with a skill that you have, it does take time for you to own said skill. You put in the work, and because of that, you grow in your skill, and you get better. That's the same way with your gifts. God gives each of us certain gifts to use, and it will take time to mature those gifts.

Spiritual gifts are important.

In Romans 12:6 states; "[6] We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; [7] if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; [8] if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

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