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6/3/14 – “Testimony of Suffering” – Blog by Julie Shrader

Sometimes when we hit a bottom or experience devastation in our lives, it is God’s desire for us to look up…go vertical. What we or the enemy may have caused to break us and bring us to an empty and dreary place in life, God allows so that we will look up at Him and ask for His rescuing. God’s love and forgiveness will complete us and make us whole again. What we go through may be painful and ugly, but may be necessary in order to change and grow us. God will help you get through anything with HIS strength. 

Daniel 10:19 – “Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.” When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength.”

Romans 5:3-5 “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

Over the last year of my life, I have encountered a very painful and devastating situation that very well could have broke me and rocked me to the core. Guess what? I looked up into the heavens and asked for Christ’s strength, His purpose and His love during that time. God allowed that for multiple reasons I believe, but one for sure was to grow and change me. I learned so much and drew closer to God than every before! The pain and struggle was a good thing for me and I wouldn’t go back and change it for anything! James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let  finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” This verse became the one that pulled me out of the trenches! Amazing verse and it is so true!

So, next time you are in the trial of your life, look up to God and He will save you! 

Again, I love God!  

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