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Your Pain is not in Vain

Hey, Ladies! I pray you’re doing well, feeling great, and operating in your purpose, on purpose. I just wanted to take a moment and remind you that your pain is/was not in vain. Whatever you have endured or currently enduring is part of God’s plan for your life.

God will use your pain to birth purpose in your life

I know it might not feel like it while enduring that heartbreak, the depression, the financial issues, the rejections, the endless waiting season, and the list continues; trust me, I know. But when you come out on the other side – and you will – it will be a testament that by the grace of God, you have just overcome yet, another storm. With a testimony that will bless someone else and will propel you to a better version of yourself.

God will induce a painful situation, such as a “no” when you wanted a yes, a closed-door when you wanted access, or ending a relationship when you thought they were the one. He does this to reroute you back in alignment with birthing your purpose

When we reflect on what we have overcome and then share it, there is a healing that is destined to happen for both parties - the person sharing and the person receiving. There is healing when you reveal and release, which can also bring breakthrough and a word of encouragement to the receiver.

What I have come to realize is everyone is going through something, and pain comes in various forms. Even more, I recognize as women, we do an excellent job of concealing and pushing past the reality of our situations by keeping it moving and sweeping things under the rug. However, I believe God wants us to be honest with ourselves and others regarding our current state and struggles so:

1) We can lean into Him more:

God wants us to come to Him at all times, and He especially wants to be our comforter and healer, in our times of need. He says, in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

2) He can show himself through our healing:

So, others can see His healing power and His marvelous works - how He transformed and changed our situations - through our testimony. Jeremiah 33:6 says, “Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security."

3) Others can be encouraged by our transparency:

Our transparency can be a form of comfort to a sister in need. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says, “Blessed be the God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God”

I frequently have to remind myself of this, especially in this season. I recently underwent surgery to assess the current state of my endometriosis and to remove a few fibroids. It was my 3rd laparoscopic procedure since being diagnosed. My endo has spread significantly. My GYN removed some, but not all, and is concerned with the areas in which it is still widespread. He recommended Lupron as an alternative, and I declined the treatment – the side effects are awful! I am trusting God for complete and total healing and shrinkage of my endometriosis. It is by His grace that I can find contentment despite the results and the pain. It will be two weeks tomorrow since my surgery, and God has truly been downloading His plans/directions towards my purpose during my moments of {much needed} rest. I’m encouraged by knowing He has purposed me to encourage and empower others.

Ladies, be encouraged, and stay the course in your time of tribulations and pain. Bring it all to God and trust that your pain will be purposed for the greater good (Romans 8:28). No matter how difficult it feels, endure the process. There is nothing too big for our God. Thank you, Father!

I love you all! Be Blessed!

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