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10.22.2020 – “…so after you have suffered a little while…”

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.

10 In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. 11 All power to him forever! Amen.

—1 Peter 5:6-11 NLT

Thank You, Father. Everything that You allow into our lives that causes any level of “suffering”….

…whether it be emotional pain—physical pain, wounds, loss, disappointment, hiddenness, “insignificance”… rejection…

…whether it be in the smallest way, or whether we find ourselves in the deepest, darkest pit….

You are taking us through these kinds of things so that You can “raise us up” to be who You’ve created us to be and to do what You’ve prepared for us to do.

You are building in us, character, and our testimony. 🙌 ✍🏻 You are restoring, You are supporting, You are preparing, You are strengthening… You are taking us “higher” we we come “lower”…and You are placing us on a “firm foundation.”

And everything You do, everything You allow us to go through comes from a Father’s loving heart. Whether it feels like it in the moment, or not. So thank You, Father. ☀️💝 You know exactly what we need, to be(come) the ones You have designed us to be.

-Heather 🌺

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