Thanking My Enemies!!

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Thanking my enemies, Really?  I’m tired….I’ve had enough…Another Storm!!! These are some of the words that fall out of my mouth in the midst of trails and tribulation. I looked up tribulation in the dictionary and the definition is “a state of great trouble or suffering.” YEP! That sums it up quite accurately. I feel so tired and drained and those things that are on my to-do list are good as NOT done. No energy and desire to move forward. In being transparent, I have dealt with this in different ways. During some trails, I may fold up in a fetal position and cry out to God and tell him all about my fears and hurts or there are those days where I may immediately go into my prayer closet tell God about my fears and hurts. As you can see the common denominator in my reaction to my fears and hurts is crying out to the one who controls the Universe, the one who has set the planets in the sky in their perfect positions, the one who keeps my heart beating and blood flowing with even thinking about it, GOD! In 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
Now that I have established that we have our days (or week or longer) of feeling weak, discouraged, alone, or afraid, I am here to reassure you that all things are purposeful and works out for the good for those who love the Lord. A short period ago I went through a storm that I didn’t think I could survive. I thought this it was too much to bare and I felt alone and by myself. Don’t get me wrong I had plenty of people around me that I could talk to or call on, but I was all alone in my head. I was bond by fear of rejection and shame. This is why crying out to God is so important because I was encouraged from the inside and received the strength to reach out to others and be encouraged from the outside. To be honest adding value and helping others brings me joy and a sense of empowerment. Sometimes you have to look beyond yourself and circumstances to have things in perspective.
I see now that each stunt that the enemy has tried to use to push me down. Each time I rise and I rise stronger than when I fell. This is what I meant by thanking your enemy. They are doing nothing more than strengthen you and making you stronger. God is getting you ready for a job that needs you to be in warrior status. This is why James said count it all joy because without your trail how will you experience the joy of triumph, the joy of overcoming, the joy of walking in your purpose. Thank you enemy because they just showed you a new method to beat the enemy and place a new star on your shoulder. God is getting us ready!! Stand strong, Stand Proud. We all cry and get discouraged but how you process and deal with it makes all the difference in the world. Thanking my enemy and counting my blessing…..Walking in my Purpose!!!

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