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Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.” James 1:2 (MSG)
No matter what your day may hold, you must recognize that every day will come with its own set of challenges some days there will be more challenges than others.
James says, “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way” (James 1:2-4).
This way of seeing our hardships and challenges feel so unnatural to us as women and G.A.N.G. Girls when many times are used to reacting negatively to the challenges as suffering instead of a gift. We are all aware that the storms of life will come there will be season where everything seems to be going well when you are experiencing breakthroughs with God, feel effective in ministry, and every aspect of your life seems to be going pretty smooth and then there will be seasons where every area of your life is being tested and you feel your world is being rocked. When we are experiencing a season of testing its important that we change our perspective during these seasons.
We all want to live the “good life” but understanding the “good life” isn’t one that lacks hardship, but rather, one that requires it. As James says we will be incomplete and immature if we don’t go through challenges.
So much of our energy mentally, is spent fearing what might happen in the future or staying stuck in shame and regret of our past. What if we chose to view our hardships as the path to experience the goodness of God even more powerfully? As the avenue to our healing? As the abundant life?
I would like to encourage you if you find yourself in this testing season to go deeper with God and to experience a level of depth with Him that you might not have experienced had you not had this testing season. This redefining leads to our refining. It won’t happen overnight. And it won’t happen unless we open our hands, releasing control over what we thought our life should be in order to receive God more fully. In this process, we can find gratitude and even joy because we know a new kind of perseverance, character and hope will be ours.
-Marissa Sanchez Bay Area G.A.N.G. Girl Regional
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