I've Figured Out "Why Me"

I've Figured Out "Why Me"

God says: “The reason why some people have turned against you and walked away from you without reason, has nothing to do with you. It is because I have removed them from your life. They cannot go where I am taking you next.”
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Many times I have cried out in anguish, “why me God?!” Confused, hurt, frustrated. I have done everything you’ve asked of me God! I strive so hard to do what’s right by you. Where is my reward and why has my fairy tale ending not yet come..

It’s not something I’m proud of, putting doubt in Gods plan for me, but I have been hurt. I have been cheated, lied to, abandoned, and laughed at because of my faith. There is only so much hurt one can take before getting discouraged. Within this last month I have experienced heart break, heck this last week, but I think I’ve figured out why.

These trials and tribulations benefit me. They make me stronger, more eager, and more kind. Even if it’s not immediate, even if I fail to recognize their complexity at the time, these sufferings better me, but that is not the dominant reason “why me.” The dominant reason lies within my oppressor. I am with the Lord, they can not take my strength from him away. God knows this. God allows them to test me because my oppressor needs to see my strength more than I do. They need to know that they can not make me crumble. They need to see my light shine, and ponder what it is that makes me this way. So that someday, probably not today, but someday, they will think of me and think, I want to shine that way. I want to change. I want to be better. I inspire them, and lead them to Christ, that is “why me”. It’s within the scriptures.

God says: “The reason why some people have turned against you and walked away from you without reason, has nothing to do with you. It is because I have removed them from your life. They cannot go where I am taking you next.” I live by this quote, and every time I am knocked down it lifts me right back up, even taller than before. It’s a friendly reminder to keep moving and never look back. Greater is coming. So, no my darling, you have done nothing wrong, in fact you have done everything right. God chose this struggle to bring you closer to him, and God chose this struggle so that you may be a pivotal person in your oppressors’ life. He has chosen you to set an example for his child. To cause them take a step back to evaluate the ways in which they’re living, and just how beautiful is that?

Now I’m not saying just because the ultimate end is good that the pain hurts any less, but God never said it would be easy.Iin fact he admits that we will be put down because of his name, but he also tells us it would be worth it. Embrace your suffering, and find strength in the Lord. “Blessed are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven” Matthew 5:11-12. So rejoice the next time someone hurts you, or calls you names because of him because you are doing his will. Pray for them that they may see, and seek change, because after all isn’t that why we’re here? To help our brothers and sisters make it to his kingdom, Gods kingdom. We are on a mission to bring the whole world.

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

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

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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A Small Part Of A Great Plan

"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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Here at Iowa State, I attend a church service group called SALT Company on Thursday nights, which is held at a newly developed, non-denominational church called Cornerstone. Nearly 2,000 other college students gather to worship Jesus by singing beautiful contemporary Christian music led by a band (my personal favorite part.) In addition to that, the pastors lead the auditorium through a certain section of the Bible that we are focusing on that week. We read through and break down the passage as the pastor explains what it means and how to live out the main ideas of God's teaching in our daily lives. I was raised in the Catholic church, was enrolled in the Catholic school system my entire life and attended mass twice a week. Coming to college, I was not at all used to the modern and contemporary type service that Cornerstone would offer, but it truly has been one of the most life-changing and faith-forming experiences I have had for that exact reason.

I want to share with you our focus message this past week, because it was one that I think everyone needs to be reminded of.

Have you ever asked yourself, "What is my purpose?" We, especially as college students, revolve our minds around this question so often. "How am I supposed to know what I want to do with my life, I'm 20 years old!" is the question I struggle with the most. We go through life searching for a purpose. We're searching for that "next step." Where am I going? Where am I supposed to go next? Where am I ultimately going to end up? This is human nature. We want to know everything about our lives, right now, at this very moment, all at once.

Instead of asking ourselves, "What is my purpose in life?", we need to shift our thinking to, "What is God's purpose for my life? Where does He need me, and how can I carry out my life in order to accomplish what He put me on this earth to do?"

Whether you believe this or not, we were made in God's perfect image to carry out His (remember, not OUR) plan for each of our lives. God knows our every next move, even though we may not. The questions that I mentioned above that constantly revolve in our minds -- God knows the answers to all of them. It is up to us to place our complete trust in Him in order to ultimately end up where God needs us to be. I almost feel a bit hypocritical for saying this, but I'm going to say it anyway because I need to be reminded as well: there is so much beauty found in the unknown. God has so many wonderful paths He is going to lead us down that we don't even know exist yet. Sure, we get down because something doesn't go the way we want it to. We don't get that leadership position, we didn't get accepted for that new job we really wanted, that relationship we loved ended. In those instances, remind yourself that if something is meant for you, it will be. Nothing that is truly good and meant for you will ever pass you by. It may leave you for a bit, but if it is meant to be there, it will be.


Hear this: God did not make any part of you on accident. Your passions, your strengths, your talents... they are all a part of who you are because God is going to use those things in you to carry out His ultimate plan. Our lives will be most fulfilled if we use those passions, strengths and talents to carry out what we are meant to carry out.

I couldn't help but, at the end of the service, reflect on the final thought the pastor said. "Your past, your present, your future... it is all molded perfectly for how your life is going to turn out." I found so much peace in knowing that I have a God who is in complete control of every aspect of my life, including my past, my present and in what is to come. Think about that you guys. Everything that has happened thus far in our lives was supposed to happen. Though that reason may not be clear now, someday it will be. God works perfectly, without mistake. Trust in what He is doing for your life.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight." -Proverbs 3:5-6

"It is better to play a small part in a Glorious story than be the main character in a tragic one." Place your trust in the grace and glory of Jesus. If we do that, our lives will fall perfectly into place. Are you willing to say, "For God's purpose, not mine?"

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