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The Promises of God – God Will Make This Trial a Blessing

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Sometimes the circumstances in our lives just get too much. Have you ever felt you just didn’t know how to overcome a situation? It may have seemed like no matter what you did, the situation stayed the same or even got worse. You’re holding on by a thread, waiting for that answer to prayer…that light bulb moment, a revelation that will change everything, but it doesn’t come. If this sounds like you, read on to learn how to lean on the promises of God and recognize that God WILL make this trial a blessing in your life.

Join me as Francesca Price shares her experience and knowledge with us.

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Jesus Our Perfect Hope

It’s these situations, that usually bring me to my knees in despair. Perhaps this was the only way I was going to cry out for help. Perhaps this was the only way I was going to fully surrender to Jesus; to fully reveal my need for Him.

Thankfully Jesus is our perfect hope. He has already taken the trial through the atoning death that He suffered for us when he died on the cross.

We join Him in suffering, but whatever we are going through, God will make this trial a blessing. He fully understands what we are going through. Jesus is our peace and we can and should lean on Him.

The promises of God all throughout the Word gives us this confidence.

The Promises of God

Some days, we look out of the window and the sky is filled with dark grey clouds. The horizon that can usually be seen across the way is covered with a thick fog as rain drizzles down. Everything seems bleak.

Then, suddenly, a little robin appears. It hops from a little patch of grass over to the bottom of a bird feeder, hoping to pick up some scraps that have fallen down.

It is timid and doesn’t feel quite safe so it quickly hops back over to safety, jumping onto a tree branch to gain some height.

This vision is a reminder that even with the bleakness that surrounds us at times, there is always a little blessing of joy to be found among it. As the bird feeds, it is reminder of the promises of God, that He will always provide what we need.

Matthew 6:26:

Look at the birds of the air. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your Father in heaven feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

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The Promises of God for Our Prayers

God wants our hearts fully open to Him.

Often when I’ve prayed in the moment, the answers come quick!

There are times when I’m reaching out in a cry, shouting out in a conversation with my husband, or softly asking for help as my head lays on my pillow and I’m about to fall asleep.

These prayers, the prayers that come straight from my heart, in truth, in pain, in love, in despair, in anger, in fight, the childlike, are the heart felt prayers.

God tells us not to babble on; He already knows what we need. When we pray heart felt prayers, I don’t know about you, but I tend to get straight to the point pretty quickly!

There are times when I’m reaching out in a cry, shouting out in a conversation with my husband, or softly asking for help as my head lays on my pillow and I’m about to fall asleep. Click To Tweet

The promises of God for our prayers are clear in Matthew 6:7-8:

And when you are praying, do not babble on and on like the pagans; for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

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The Promises of God for Our Protection

There are often times when I struggle as a mother.

The negative thoughts come into my mind, and I start to doubt my ability.

This can come on gradually or suddenly. If you can relate to what I’m talking about, you’ll know it’s pretty unpredictable at times. The bible tells us to put on the full armor of God. Not just the belt, not just the helmet, but the full armor, (Ephesians 6:11).

This way, we can be protected and ready to fight off the flaming arrows that come our way and try to deceive us into thinking we are not enough. This thinking is absolutely contrary to the promises of God that He knows us and He has ALWAYS known us.

Psalm 139:4 says:

I praise You, for I am awesomely, wonderfully made!

Wonderful are Your works—

and my soul knows that very well.

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The Promises of God for a Mother

Recently I was struggling in my relationship with my daughter. She is only 6 years old and it seemed like every day was a struggle.

There was something blocking our relationship from from growing in a healthy way. I just couldn’t understand it. I thought that the way forward was more discipline.

Oh, how I was wrong!

I’d prayed and prayed for God to show me my daughters’ heart, that I could understand her, that she would change.

Then one night, after a particularly difficult day with my daughter, I lay down to sleep.

My head hit the pillow and from my heart, I called out to God.

I said very few words, telling him that I didn’t know what to do anymore and I needed him to take over.

I was basically DONE with trying!

As soon as I let go, as soon as I stopped trying, as soon as I let God take over and stopped trying to do it in my own strength, I instantly heard these two words: ‘task orientated’.

As soon as I let go, as soon as I stopped trying, as soon as I let God take over and stopped trying to do it in my own strength, I instantly heard these two words: ‘task orientated’. Click To Tweet

The moment I heard those words, that was it.

I realized that it wasn’t my daughter that needed to change, it was me!

I had become a task orientated mother.

As soon as I had this revelation everything changed. As soon as I changed, my daughter changed.

Our relationship began to flourish instantly.

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As soon as my heart became relationship orientated, as soon as my focus became my daughter and not the dishes, as soon as I stopped to make eye contact and hear my daughter and not just listen to her, and as soon as I realized that once I had fulfilled my daughters need for a little more time from me before I completed the chores, everything changed!

Do we still have challenges? Of course!

Do I need to remind myself of this revelation? Yes!

Do I still lose my patience? Oh yes! I’m still always learning!

The promises of God for a mother in prayer, that He hears us are true and He will give us everything we need, in His perfect timing.

He is always graciously and mercifully guiding us and teaching us to be the children he always intended us to be.

We will always have a blessing in our trial. God WILL make this trial a blessing. Sometimes we have to seek him more closely to find them and sometimes we just have to lift our heads.

We can have comfort in knowing that he will always take us in the direction towards Him, even if the path doesn’t seem clear at the time. He will always be glorified!

Fear not, for I am with you,

be not dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you.

Surely I will help you.

I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10 TLV

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Francesca Price
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Francesca Price

Hi, I’m Francesca. I am a wife, mother, freelance writer and qualified nurse. I write to encourage in motherhood and family life with faithful steps. Visit my site at Faithful Steps!

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