Today’s Pain – Tomorrow’s Gain

Treasures Are Hidden Inside Life-Storms

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God Gift Wrapped Your Future – Unwrap It

Romans 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Life’s difficulties are not always easy to manage.   It requires endurance to get to the other side of problems.   Sometimes life’s ups and downs can place stress on your mind, body, and soul in a major way.   It’s not always easy to maintain a sense of balance and stability.   Sometimes you unravel.  It happens.   Life seems to have a way of demanding  more from you than you have to give.   Even so, It seems as if life’s problems have a way of stretching you into the height necessary for your future days.

It’s amazing; when it appeared I was losing ground, somehow I was being molded to fit a season that I could not yet see – a season that would come into view after I had prevailed over the storm – a season that only faith in God could materialize.    To me …  it seems life-storms are subject to God’s plan and His purpose for my life.    In some way, in God’s infinite plan,  life-storms that seemed to be breaking me down were building me up.   Even though I could not always identify it, a divine measure of God’s power was at work in my life.

At times, it was mind-boggling, upsetting, and even hard to focus on thinking that the present hardship was preparation for the future.    Even so, life-storms better equipped me to be victorious in struggles that were waiting for my arrival.    

In many ways, an encounter with life-storms have taught me lessons that have prepared me to meet up with opportunities that God has predetermined for my life.   Problems of the past surprisingly turned out to be a blessing that provided me with wisdom, and      know-how that’s essential for my life journey.  Perhaps trials usher you into purpose divine.   

The dilemma that you face today is an obstacle for you now, but it’s shaping you to fit the future that God has planned for your life.  God’s purpose for your life is larger than the present you.   Each time you make it through difficult moments; you expand your capacity to embrace your destiny.   We serve a big God with big plans and He has prepared a big future for you and me.  

We Meet Destiny and Purpose During Difficulty 

An Answered Prayer 

Lord, you’ve touched my life in a special way; I can still feel the presence of that day.    A season of hurt written in my time; occupied my heart, soul, and mind.     I was drowning inside of a terrible life-storm; You came along, and wrapped me in your arms.     My heart was broken, tossed around and about; You heard my call for help and carried me out.     Tears blinded my eyes, I couldn’t clearly see; in my distress, You revealed yourself to me.      

It seemed like a way out was something I could only dream of … You rescued me; I’ve experienced Your compassion and love.     I’m surrounded by Your beauty and Your peace; I’m amazed at how Your mercy never ceases.     You brought a great deal of joy into my space; a contentment that my soul cannot erase.      You’ve been with me through hurt so deep; You made me strong when I was weak.

You closed the door to my aching heart just in time; and opened a door to peace that comforted my heart and mind.     You’re here and I know that You are real; It’s wonderful, the happiness You make me feel.      You reached for me and I stretched for Your hand; we’re connected; I’m a part of Your plan.      I’m privileged and blest because You care; time with You gets better in every moment we share.

You’ve smiled upon my days and answered my heart’s plea; I’m forever grateful that You delivered me.      Life storms didn’t destroy me, but pushed me into a brand new day; all because You have a remedy for every problem that comes my way.      Your involvement in my life experiences have molded me into who I am now; when I think about the victories You gave me, it makes me smile.

You’ve turned unpleasant situations into triumph for me, this is my report; I’m equipped to fit my future because of Your support.     Trouble met purpose and together they brought me into a destined place; given that You surrounded me with Your mercy and grace.     Lord, thank you for Your love and protection that You so freely give; truly, You are the explanation for my liberty and the reason that I live.

God has power over storms: Mark:4:39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.

Expressing Gratitude: Darlene Wiggins

It’s Prepared

God Has A Divine Pathway That Fits Your Life’s Journey.

Photo Courtesy: Mike Coates

God has already paved a path for our lives to travel.  Forbid worry from destroying your hope and launch a fight for your future.  Let your heart and mind embrace God’s promise:

Psalm 37:22-24   The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,     And He delights in his way.   Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand.

Look to God for direction, listen to His counsel, and adhere to His voice of instruction.   Endure life’s storms, and position yourself firmly all the way through heart ache, disappointment, and pain.   Trust God and expect Him to demonstrate His power in your life.   God is in favor of your victory.

Walk And Let God Guide

God has everything in His hands; I am inside of His marvelous plan.    He made the birds, flowers, and trees, and His love made you and me.      God carved the mountains and the valleys below; He made the wind that softly blows.     God made night, noon and day; He can surely handle the problems that come my way.     How powerful God is to create all that’s here; I am on His mind, what shall I fear?    Psalm 8:4  What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?

God shall go strong with authority before me; I will persevere because He declared me free.    John 8:36  Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

God has foresight to apprehend what’s ahead; when I get there, I shall come into what God has said.     God is waiting for my arrival into my future days; my posture is to move forward and trust in His way.   Exodus 23:20 “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.  

God has prepared my pathway, so that I may be shaped to fit my upcoming days.     He has authorized my life to be here – making it right, and he’s stretching me into His intended height.     Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

I shall move forward into my approaching days, entering into them while giving God praise.     My feet are stable inside of my God; He has the map for my next start.  

 Don’t Worry

Matthew 6:25-27    “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

I’m not worrying about where I shall go because my Lord has the last say so.   I look forward to what I shall be, and toward all of what God has prepared for me.     My time is arranged, I’m in the right place; my father is expanding my entire space.      Matthew 5:14  “You are the light of the world.  A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden”.

My life has the gleaming light of God inside, and I am persuaded to let it shine.    The beauty of God dwells in my heart; He holds my end, and He created my start.     I’m equipped to become what God says I am forevermore; all the days of my life I shall enjoy God’s tour.    God’s treasures fill my heart with beauty so real; His majesty and glory, His love I can feel.     I’m grateful that God is faithful with care, and I desire to take Him with me everywhere.  

I can’t image not having God in my life and on my side; through sunshine and rain, His mercy doesn’t hide.    God is so kind and forgiving toward me; through my good and bad, He never withheld setting me free.    I humble myself today before God’s throne, the place that I can call home.    

God  has spoken with passionate fire, and our victory is His desire.    What a God, what a love, what a power; His devotion toward creation is present in every hour.   God has given us His word that He has prepared a future so grand, all we need to do is follow His plan.   Psalm 119:133   “Order my steps in thy word:  and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.”        

Darlene  Wiggins

A Worthy Gift

Every Moment  of Life Is a Precious Gift

One moment at a time is all anyone can live each day.   Each time you make it through another day, you have a precious opportunity to grasp the beauty that is a part of each moment.   Every minute in a day, someone somewhere takes their last breath of life.   Every moment is a divine miracle.

Nobody knows the number of days he/she will live on earth.  We don’t have access to that data; that’s divine information stored in the heart of God.   Psalm 90:12  12 So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Life is a gift that we must cherish.   It is far more valuable than anything we could ever own.   Noone knows what the next minute holds for his/her life, but the time you have belongs to you.

In all that you dream …  in all that you accomplish…  and in all that you possess …    Remember the one who gave  you a season of life to live.  Don’t forget God!   He is worthy of thanksgiving.   Psalm 100:4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.  Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.

Lord, I’m thankful to be Alive

Every Moment of Life is Special    Photo Courtesy: Mark Calzaretta

I am grateful for being in this world; so happy, it makes my toes twirl.

It’s a warm and pleasant sight to catch a glimpse of glittering sunlight.   It‘s a pleasure to see grass so green, and to inhale air so fresh and clean.     It’s a treasure to catch sight of clouds as they glide by, and to clasp your eyes on rain drops that fall from the sky.     It’s wonderful to sweetly hear… birds singing in the atmosphere.      By morning, night, and sometimes noon…  it’s delightful to set eyes on a flower in bloom.     It’s enjoyable to listen to the oceans call or admire a tree that stands very tall.     It’s a privilege to witness a baby’s birth, a beautiful joy God sent to the earth.    It’s a wonder to hear the power of thunder’s roar, and it’s a blessing to be a part of life once more.

Words can’t properly begin to convey how thankful my heart is today. 

Favored by God to be here again;

I’m  thankful for my life’s season – Praise God, Amen!        

Darlene Wiggins  

I Choose To Remember

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Napoleon Bonaparte

Be Grateful For Life

Psalm 37:25    I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread

Photo Courtesy: Peter Griffin

Many years are written upon my face; my life has traveled countless miles and space.    Many days my aged eyes have seen go by; I embrace tears of sorrow and joy that I have cried.        My mind welcomes a view of how things used to be, and I embrace thoughts of how life is so sweet.       Many joys and pains I have faced; most of them my memory can vividly trace.

Photo Courtesy: Jiri Hodan

Am I tired …  someone might say; the answer to this question is “faith.”       Faith has been my friend for many years;, and in my old age, it’s still here.  How wonderful it is to have God in my life time; this is a thought that dominates my mind.

I could have been wiped out from life’s troubles that have come my way, but somehow God saw fit for me to see a new day.     

I’m here in this land and I’m so glad; I have no reason to be miserable or sad.     I have confidence in the Master above; He has shown me His mercy and great love.      I have come to a place in life that’s sweet with delight; now I’m old, but I still have God’s might.

 Photo Courtesy: Jiri Hodan

Peace is inside my soul, sent from God above; I’m grateful I have had an opportunity to live and love.    My lips are not silent to tell of my gratefulness, and my mind is always thinking on God’s goodness.     I thank God for my trials and troubles that came by; and I thank  Him for the smiles and tears that fell from my eyes.     

I thank Him for allowing me to be a part of His plan; all the days of my life, I’ll
praise God,  

Amen   Amen.

Darlene Wiggins


A Battle for Victory!

Falling Apart: Not an Option

God Never Had A Problem That He Couldn’t Solve.   Photo Courtesy: Peter Griffin

Have you ever come face to face with a life storm?   They can be emotionally, physically, and mentally draining.   If you care to admit, life storms can force you to meet your faith in God head on.    A life storm can be the means for you finding out what you are really made of. 

Truly, we can go over, under, and around life’s storms, but we don’t always bypass the storm’s powerful  interferance.   No matter what path you take to overcome a life storm, you will certainly wrestle with the difficulties attached to the storm.   

Ready or not, life storms happen.   A small life storm  may come your way and you enforce a little fight.  Possibly you won’t even break a sweat, and you sail through the storm with ease.      On the other hand, you meet  with a large life storm and  implement maximum power.   Maybe you’ll lose some sleepless nights, but you make it through with a diligent fight.      Moreover, you meet with a life crisis, and you are faced with the fight of your life.  Perhaps you’ll need to refuel many times in order to make it to the other side of the storm.    

In any case, you must put forth effort to withstand a life storm.

Sometimes things happen in life and it seems impossible to bear.   If the truth be told, once in a while you may feel like you’re going to break down and let the pieces fall where they may.   Sometimes it may seem that it would be easier to take a break from life and return when the coast is clear.   Although possible to attempt, that’s not a feasible solution.   Tried it, result: not successful.   I decided to sit it out and let the storm pass by.  The storm didn’t budge, and it waited  for my return.  

The best option was to face the storm with confidence and fight to win.   Sometimes you can have all of the confidence that anyone could ever hope for; and at the same time, you still need more.   You must draw on your God given inner strength to make it through a life storm.   There are times in your life when you must tell yourself  how you expect to behave during a life storm.    

 Encourage Yourself  While In The Storm

Oh my soul, let me tell you this; falling apart is not on my list.     I know you’re weary and tired of going through, but I can’t win this battle without you.     Remember God gave you strength in the last fight; you were weak and He gave you might.      Oh my soul, now is not the time to give up and give in; you have hope and a future to win.      God knows the plans He has for you, this is true; hold on and experience what God can do.     God’s plans are to prosper you and not to bring you harm; you can make it through any storm.  

Oh my soul, you have already traveled far from the past; don’t let this battle be your last.     I know you have many more tears to shed, but please be strong and look ahead.       Find a place somewhere inside of you, and see things from God’s point of view.      Oh my soul, you’re hurting with great pain today, but you must get in touch with God’s joyful way.       Falling apart is not an option that you can choose; if you accept giving up, you will lose.    

Hold yourself firmly together my soul; delight yourself in what God has foretold.     Oh my soul, you are a champion with God as your guide; you can make it to the other side.    Oh my soul, let me tell you this; falling apart is not on my list.

Jeremiah 29:11 ~ For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.   

Darlene Wiggins

Destined To Do YOU

Nobody Can Do YOU Better Than YOU

Wear It Well

You Are The Only One That Can Live Your Life As God Intented For You To Do. Photo Courtesy: Petr Kratochvil

God made man and woman in His image and with assurance, He  announced, “it is good”.      We are complex beings with many intricate parts – God took time making you and me.      We are created by God’s own mind, heart, and hands, and our actual existence represents His power and glory.    I marvel at God’s handiwork.

Psalm 139:14   I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well

Valuable… YOU

No man or woman can take your destined place; no one can fill your God given space.   You are made with something specific to do, and all of it truely belongs to you.     What you have are valuable gifts  –  very grand; God has shaped you with greatness to serve in His plan.     Your life is precious …  this is something you should never forget; God has given you treasures that are heaven sent. 

You are one of a wonderful kind, and made with a unique heart, soul and mind.      Nobody can be just like you are; you are God’s bright shining star.      You are unique in all of your ways, and God made you specifically to fit your days.      All of what your life is designed to do in the earth, is all of what God says that you are worth.      God made you with a definite plan, and He took time to sculpt you with His own hands.

God  thought about you and me in His imagination, and He was excited for us to be a part of His creation.      His love for us  is deeper than any ocean, sky or sea; only God could make a complex creature like you and me.     

Who can be like you are exact?  Who in the world can follow your act?     Who can do this or that just like you can?  Who is like you in all  of  the land?      Who can live your life in your exact tone?   It’s you and you alone.      Who can express your life for you?     Who can perform this or that like you do?       Who can live  your days and walk your life to be? There ‘s no one else like you or me.       Who has  your character and your soul?   Who can live your life inside of your role?       Who can take your place in the earth’s sphere?  There is no one else that God put here.

Don’t consider not being good enough; God made you with some valuable stuff.          Don’t compare yourself to what others can do because God made you with priceless assets to.      Don’t hold your head down to think of yourself low because God gave you what you need to glow.       Don’t forget that you are wonderfully made, with precious riches of the finest grade.      Don’t look down on the gifts God gave you because they fit what your life is created to do.      You are made of  heavenly treasures with a special twist; God made you great, that’s why you exist.       

Let God guide you into who you are in Him for your time, so that you can parade God’s awesome design.      You are required to reach what your life is designed to do because there’s no one else that can display God’s beauty in you.       

You’re the only one that can do your life’s mission exact; You are the one God chose to do your life, that’s a fact.       You are a portrait that God hand painted to represent Him grand; Now show off God’s splendor in all the land.

Nobody can take your place!

You’re the only one that can fill your life’s space!

Darlene Wiggins