A Match Made In Heaven

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All relationships should be a clear reflection of the one we have with God.

“Male and female created He them.” ~ Genesis 1:27

When God made Adam and Eve for each other, He gave them a very specific role to fill for each other that couldn’t be found anywhere else. In spite of the many animals that populated the Garden of Eden, none of them could satisfy the need for a helper in Adam’s life. Sure, they probably made pleasant company, but none of them could actually talk and share thoughts and feelings with him. Being the sole creation made in God’s image was turning out to be a bit lonely for Adam. Since God’s creation was a perfect world that He Himself called “very good,” He immediately decided that Adam needed someone more like him to provide him with companionship. This someone would be much more like him than any of the animals, but also very different in many ways. That’s when God made the first woman out of Adam’s rib while he was in a deep sleep.

When God brought her before Adam for the first time, Adam was overjoyed, and called her “woman,” because she was literally taken out of man. She was bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh! What an incredible miracle it must have been for Adam to behold her for the first time! Standing before him was an identical replica of himself, but at the same time different on the inside and the outside. God gave Adam a specially created woman as a loving gift, who served a specific purpose of helping him and loving him.

Sadly, our modern world has completely forgotten what the meaning of true love is; and as a result of excessive selfishness, has significantly reduced the roles of both men and women. In this post, I wish to give a brief, gentle reminder to everyone of just how important men and women are to each other, and why each gender is valuable and special in its own way.

Since God created Adam first, we’ll start with the men.

God gave men the blessing of physical strength. They are meant to be protectors and defenders, able to provide for their families and fight for their country. However, although physical strength is one well known gift men might have, they are worth so much more than that alone! In the role of a committed relationship, men are capable of offering many treasures to women, and I don’t mean just material ones!

When a man is right with God in his heart, he will treat his woman like the special lady she is, by doing his best to give her his undivided attention, respecting her feelings, and trusting her with the cares of his heart. Behaving this way will make a special woman feel like a queen, and she’ll be more than happy to see her godly man as a king.

More than anything though, a godly man will be his woman’s best friend, and give her comfort and support whenever it is needed. One delightful trait that most men have is a hilarious sense of humor, which is quite helpful when they use it to try to cheer up the special women in their lives. A funny sense of humor is welcomed and appreciated when it is used in the appropriate situations and contexts. Making a woman laugh is a special ability that many men have, and it is worthy of recognition.

Most important of all these treasures is when a godly man proves he has an honorable character. A man who does this will show himself to be faithful, dependable, honest, sincere, compassionate, selfless, loving, and gentle. When a man possesses these virtues, he becomes a priceless treasure to the woman who loves him. The best way for men to have an honorable character is when they choose to honor God first in their lives. If a man loves God with all his heart, soul, and mind as he should, then he’ll have no trouble treating his woman the way she deserves.

Now let’s focus on the women, God’s equal creation to man.

God gave women the blessing of emotional strength. They are meant to be nurturers and lovers, able to provide men with families and refuge from the stress of the world. They were also created as physically pleasing to men, both visually and sensually. While many women are praised and celebrated for their physical beauty, they are worth far more on the inside! In the role of a committed relationship, women are capable of offering many comforts to men, and I don’t mean just physical ones!

When a woman is right with God in her heart, she will treat her man like the special gentleman he is, by doing her best to give him her unconditional love, respecting who he is, and trusting him enough to let him help her when necessary. Behaving this way will make a special man feel like a king, and he’ll be more than happy to see his godly woman as a queen.

More than anything though, a godly woman will be her man’s confidante, and give him advice and wisdom whenever it is needed. One special quality that many women have is the gift of understanding, which is quite beneficial when their man has had a bad day or is feeling discouraged. A woman with an understanding heart is welcomed and appreciated by her man when he needs reassurance and empathy. Making a man feel understood is a special talent than many women have, and it is worthy of praise.

Most important of all these comforts is when a godly woman proves she has an honorable character. A woman who does this will show herself to be faithful, dependable, honest, sincere, compassionate, selfless, loving, and gentle. When a woman possesses these virtues, she becomes a priceless treasure to the man who loves her. The best way for women to have an honorable character is when they choose to honor God first in their lives. If a woman loves God with all her heart, soul, and mind as she should, then she’ll have no trouble treating her man the way he deserves.

Men and women are very different, yet so similar at the same time.

You probably noticed that the final paragraph about each gender was basically the same, with the respective pronouns reversed. That’s because the most important aspect of a man or woman is the condition of his or her heart before God. Without knowing God as one’s personal Savior and Creator, it is impossible to effectively exhibit the positive traits listed above in a relationship. Also, it is important to remember that men and women both need to feel loved, but are designed to give and receive it in different ways. Men need to feel wanted and respected, while women need to feel cherished and appreciated. Although these needs are almost identical, they are distinctly separate because of how God designed each gender. While every person is already complete in God, a relationship with another person is meant to be another enhancement to our lives, should God choose to bless us with one in His will. God designed man and woman to complement each other, not complete each other. However, the key balancing factor is keeping God central to the relationship. When both hearts are united by God’s love, and a primary love for Him, then it is very unlikely that their bond will end.

How are earthly relationships a reflection of God’s relationship with us?

The most important ingredient in cultivating and maintaining true love is selflessness. It was God Who defined true love when He sent His Son Jesus to our world on earth, leaving behind the glorious splendor of Heaven, just so He could die in our place. Once a person receives spiritual salvation, they must learn to depend on God and fellowship with Him every day. God presented His eternal, unconditional love to us, all so we could develop an intimate relationship with Him. Earthly relationships are built on trust and communication, just like our relationship with God is. True love is not only shown by someone else being selfless, but also by reciprocation. Because God gave His Son’s life for us, the least we can do in return is give our lives to Him. It is only natural to return our hearts to the Creator Who made them! So the same applies to earthly relationships – when love is shown to you by someone you care about, you’ll want to show it right back! Just as the man usually initiates a relationship, God was first to show His love toward us. We have a choice of accepting or denying His love, just as we do with people on earth.

 

Here are God’s Words confirming how He made men and women for each other:

 

1 Corinthians 11:9 ~ “Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.

Genesis 1:27 ~ “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

Genesis 2:18 ~ “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”

Genesis 2:23 ~ “And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

Proverbs 31:10-11 ~ “Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

Ephesians 5:22-25 ~ “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Colossians 3:18 ~ “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

1 Peter 3:7 ~ “Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

It’s high time we start appreciating each other as God meant for us!

My final message on this topic is meant to be an encouragement, not a reprimand; so please don’t misinterpret what I’m about to say. I realize that there are many godly men and women out there who are currently treating their significant others the way they should, and that’s wonderful. My purpose in writing this is simply a reminder of these things to ensure that we don’t forget them in the midst of our confusing, modern world.

So men, remember that your wife is your soulmate, and she is there for you to love and appreciate as your helper from God! Don’t take her emotional attachment to you for granted; she is meant to fulfill your need to be needed!

Women, don’t forget that your husband is your hero, and he is there for you to admire and honor as your protector from God! Don’t take his willingness to help you for granted; he is meant to fulfill your need to be supported!

For those of you who aren’t married yet, whether you’re currently single or in a relationship, I encourage you to be on the lookout for all the traits I listed above before you invest your valuable time and emotions in another person. Men and women are supposed to be God’s gifts to each other, and many problems arise when people develop a one-sided mindset! God wants us to love, honor, and respect each other just as we’re supposed to do for Him. When we treat men and women with the love, honor, and respect they deserve, then relationships truly can be a match made in Heaven.

– Gloria D. Hopkins

Embracing Acceptance

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There is one Person Who will always accept you no matter what.

Everybody just wants to belong.

Whether it’s in high school cliques, groups of coworkers, a family, or even a simple relationship with one person, such as a friendship or romance, every person feels an inherent need to be accepted by other people. While it’s easy to understand why this is a common, universal need, it’s important to remember that our personal self worth is not dependent on other people.

In a world where social rejection and emotional abuse runs rampant, it is critical to understand why we must keep our self worth independent from others around us. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why this is so necessary for our well being:

1. No one is perfect.

We’ve all heard this line a million times before, often as an excuse for people to explain their poor choices of behavior; but it is a fact that is worth repeating in this particular context. Every person that has ever been born came into this world with a flawed, sinful human nature. With that being said, everyone is naturally going to make mistakes throughout the course of their lives. Since everyone in the world possesses an imperfect nature, it is foolish to place a high priority on what people think of us or say about us. All humans are emotional, inconstant beings, whose moods and opinions can change for any reason. It is simply unhealthy to invest our self esteem completely in the power of extremely fickle beings. In fact, it’s not just unhealthy; it can also be dangerous.

One reason it can be dangerous is in the case of the breakup of a romantic relationship. After spending so much time together, confiding your trust, and caring so much for that person, it is extremely devastating when, for whatever reasons, that relationship comes to an end. If you invested a significant amount of your self worth in that person, their rejection or loss will not only feel like a slap in the face, but will leave you feeling completely empty as well. It will feel like an existential identity crisis in the worst case scenario. If so much of your life was centered around that person, there will be a large void in your heart after they are gone. Some people become so heartbroken that they feel like they have nothing left to live for after this happens, feeling utterly worthless. Just having these feelings at all is bad enough, but even worse is when some people choose to act on them. Sadly, this situation has happened thousands of times, and has resulted in some people wanting to permanently end their life. It breaks my heart to think of how many people have chosen to end their lives because of the shards of broken relationship dreams.

We must always be conscious of people’s sinful, human nature before we start defining our value by what others think of, say about, or do to us.

2. Everyone is different.

We are all created as unique individuals with specific strengths and weaknesses. Because of this, we must realize that we won’t always be accepted by someone else’s standards. However, if we always try to conform to someone else’s standards of approval, we will inevitably fall short of another person’s standards. It is impossible to please everyone, even when you have the very best intentions. Most importantly, the more you try to change yourself to please others, the more you’ll forget about who you really are. The worst thing you could possibly do is lose your identity while aiming for the affirmations of others. What usually happens is people will either sense you’re trying to pretend to be like them and become disgusted, or they’ll say they preferred the old you better. When you make the decision to change yourself to try to fit in or make someone else happy, you will wind up hopelessly confused, and feel like you have nowhere to turn.

One common situation when this happens is when teenagers attempt to gain popularity with their peers in high school. Tired of feeling like social outcasts, they’ll start buying different clothes or acting a certain way in an effort to imitate the popular kids. When they discover that changing their outward appearance and mannerisms doesn’t always win them friends and social approval, they’ll end up feeling disheartened because of other people’s shallow opinions. It can be extremely painful for anyone to go through this experience, especially when it happens at such a fragile, impressionable age. Teenagers have a main goal of discovering who they are before they become adults, and when they receive mixed messages about what gains people popularity, they feel cheated and betrayed by what their social environment told them was true. Worst of all, in their attempt to be just like everyone else, they sacrifice a lot of things that used to make them happy, and consequently may suffer a slight form of amnesia about what they used to like. Or the opposite situation could happen, where shedding their former identity actually succeeds in winning them friends. They might have gained their long-coveted popularity, but for the wrong reasons altogether, wishing that they could instead be accepted for who they really are.

Instead of conforming to man-made standards of approval, we should celebrate the differences our Creator gave us to design us as unique, irreplaceable individuals.

3. We all have a specific purpose.

Every single person that God has made was put here on this earth for an important reason. Whether or not a person has chosen to reconcile with his Creator is an important factor when it comes to fulfilling that purpose. We spend our whole lives trying to figure out why we exist, changing our occupations and mindsets frequently in an attempt to discover the mysterious, existential truth. For Christians, this matter is referred to as discovering God’s will, or calling for our lives. There will always be opposition in this world no matter what you decide to do, but Satan loves to discourage Christians by making them question their calling through the criticisms of other people. It is mandatory that we remember the Lord is our Master, not people. Nothing is more tragic than a person feeling like he has to abandon God’s call for his life just because some hateful, ignorant people decided to judge his abilities or ridicule him. If we allow the negative words of others’ mouths to affect us too much, we run the risk of wasting our potential for God’s service. When all is said and done, the only thing that really matters is a Christian’s obedience to God in the end; NOT man’s fallible opinion.

It is unfortunate that this situation happens every day, even in some Christian settings. Someone might possess a great amount of zeal and enthusiasm about wanting to do something for God, only to be shot down by the toxic words of malicious people. All too often this tends to happen in a church setting, where some people have wrongly chosen to spread their negative influence through harmful gossip. It is a shameful reality that many great leaders with a heart for God’s service have forfeited their potential either by choice, or in some cases coerced to do so. Imagine how many lives could have been touched by one person’s influence in a godly, positive way had he not been affected by the venomous words and opinions of others! Or even outside of a ministry setting, a person might be discouraged by common criticisms that accuse them of incompetence, or by being relentlessly compared to others with greater talents and abilities than he has. Satan wants nothing more than to take away valuable soldiers from God’s army in all areas!

God’s purpose for our lives far outweighs the opinions that others hold about us, so we must not allow constant criticism to affect how we follow God’s will.

So if our self worth isn’t defined by other people, then where do we find it?

The answer is simple –

Our self worth is found in God’s love for us.

We live in a world where people will ALWAYS reject us, but Jesus ALWAYS accepts us. It does not mean that He accepts our sin, however; it means He accepts us IN SPITE OF our sin. No matter what we look like, where we come from, or what we have done, God loves us unconditionally, because He is the very definition of love. However, since He is holy and righteous, He cannot accept our sin, because it would contradict His very nature. That is why He sent His Son Jesus, Who did absolutely nothing wrong, to die on the cross in our place, taking the punishment that we really deserved. If you do not know Him, all you have to do is acknowledge that you are a sinner, ask God to forgive you of your sin, believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sin, and accept the Holy Spirit to come live inside your heart. God’s plan for salvation is so secure, that He made sure the entire Holy Trinity is involved in reconciling a lost soul back to Him. It is through this plan of salvation that God manifested His love for us, even though we did nothing to deserve His love.

If you do know Him already, and you profess to be a Christian, then you can rejoice in knowing that you will always be accepted no matter what. When all your friends and family forsake you, God will never leave your side. He understands you better than anyone else ever can, and He is always there for you to talk to Him whenever you want or need to. No matter what man says, you ARE valuable, and priceless to the One Who died for you. You are an eternal soul of incredible worth, created in the divine image of God, and He is the only One Who gets to decide how much meaning your life has. Forget about the fallible opinions of sinful man, and embrace the knowledge that you are loved and accepted by the eternal Creator, and a wonderful Savior.

 

Here is proof found in God’s Word that you can embrace your acceptance:

 

John 3:16 ~ “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 6:37 ~ “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

Romans 8:38-39 ~ “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Galatians 1:10 ~ “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
Colossians 2:10 ~ “And ye are complete in Him, Which is the Head of all principality and power:

Jeremiah 31:3 ~ “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”

Romans 5:8 ~ “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

God wants everyone in the world to know that they are loved, accepted, and wanted by Him, whether they do the same for Him in return or not. It doesn’t matter whether or not you are saved in this context, because ALL souls are valuable in God’s eyes. If you have already embraced your acceptance by God, that’s wonderful; if not, are you willing to accept Him?

– Gloria D. Hopkins

Why It’s NOT A Sin To Be Sad

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It’s time for Christians to stop believing the popular myth that we have to be happy all the time.

Sometimes it’s just hard to be happy.

We all have bad days where everything around us seems to appear a mournful shade of grey. The tricky thing is, with human emotions being so complicated, there doesn’t even need to be a specific reason for us to feel this way. In our fallen world, we have to deal with sadness and other negative feelings as a way of life. While some people are born with natural dispositions that are more prone to these feelings than others, the truth is everyone is susceptible to experiencing the emotions that make the world lose its color.

Now, I know what you’re probably thinking: this is a negative post about promoting self-pity. Such a statement is quite contrary to my true purpose in writing this. My reason for writing this comes from a simple desire to clear up some common misconceptions that Christians might have about experiencing sadness and more complex emotional states, such as depression. My intention is that you will be comforted and reassured after reading this post, rather than wallowing in despair.

So let’s begin our re-assessment of sadness. We’ll begin with a few false ideas that some Christians have about it first.

Myth #1 –

If you’re feeling sad or depressed, it means you’re not right with God, and have sin in your life.

Unfortunately, I have heard this belief come out of many different Christians’ mouths. While it is always possible for a person to have sin, it is not a sin to be feeling sad or depressed in and of itself. Sadness entered the world as a result of sin, but it is not a sin to be sad. To hold this opinion is ignorant; to say it to someone who is struggling with sadness or depression is downright insensitive. If you make such an assumption about someone who is experiencing these feelings, you’ll end up sounding like the Pharisees in the New Testament, who claimed that a blind man was born that way because of his parents’ sin. To blame someone’s emotional pain on their sin without taking time to correctly understand their situation is an extremely hurtful thing to do.

Also, when Jesus Himself was here on this earth, He too experienced sadness, just like us. When his good friend Lazarus died, the Bible tells us that Jesus wept, and had compassion and empathy for Lazarus’ sisters, Mary and Martha. Whenever he was rejected time and time again by people in different places, I’m sure Jesus was grieved like anyone would be. Of course, Jesus’ most awful experience with sadness had to be all of the events leading up to His death on the cross. Agony in Gethsemane, betrayal by one of His own disciples, being falsely accused by the Pharisees, being denied not once, but THREE times in a row by Peter, his other disciple, being mocked, physically abused, harassed, condemned to die as an unjust punishment, and ultimately abandoned by His own Father in Heaven – ALL of these things caused our Savior unimaginable sorrow.

Now we all know that Jesus was entirely perfect and holy without sin; so to say that feeling sad is a sin or to be depressed means you’re not right with God is ridiculous. Believing such a thing would be implying that Jesus was a sinner, which is blasphemy.

Myth #2 –

If you’re sad or depressed, it means you’re not thankful enough for the things in your life.

While this might be true in some cases, it is unwise to make this assumption about someone based on a shallow judgment. Practicing thankfulness is a helpful way to overcome sadness and depression, but it is by no means a magical cure to solve all of our emotional problems. For example, if a family loses a loved one, they may be thankful for the time they were blessed to have their relative with them, but they would still feel a great deal of grief because that person passed away. In a more common situation, a person might feel very thankful to God, but still feel sad for whatever reasons or circumstances they’re experiencing.

A biblical example of this would be Job, who lost everything he had except for his life, and still refused to blame God. Job was a very wealthy man living in ancient times who loved God more than all his many possessions. When God chose to test his faithfulness by allowing Satan to oppress him, Job had every reason in his flesh to give up on God and question His goodness, but he didn’t, at least not for long. Job acknowledged that God had given him everything he had in life, and that it was His right to take it all away if He so chose. However, Job was extremely depressed and sorrowful after losing his family, just as any normal person would be. Being sad about his circumstances didn’t make him ungrateful or any less of a Christian.

It is very important for us to understand that how we respond to negative circumstances does not always determine our spirituality in other areas. We can still be thankful to God while not particularly happy about our given circumstances. It might not be easy, but it is possible.

Myth #3 –

If you’re sad or depressed, it means you’re being selfish or too self-absorbed.

Now I have heard this one too many times to count. It infuriates me to no end when I hear people display such ignorance and insensitivity. While experiencing sadness and depression can cause people to isolate themselves from others, it is not fair at all to automatically label them as selfish or self-absorbed. Even more outrageous is when people say, “You’re not the only one who’s gone/going through this,” or “There are so many other people out there who have it worse than you,” or “Stop being over-dramatic and exaggerating your situation.” Saying these things to someone who has a legitimate reason for being upset is distasteful to say the very least. For one thing, these statements and other ones like them are hurtful, because they invalidate that person’s feelings. They don’t hear it as encouragement or helpful words; they hear it as subtle criticism directed at them for how they’re reacting. For another thing, these statements diminish the seriousness of that person’s situation. Would it be right to say to a person who has cancer, “You’re not the only person who has this or has had it happen to them; get over it”? Of course not! People who are experiencing sadness or depression are dealing with a serious sickness just like cancer, except it’s emotional instead of physical.

In the Bible, there were many different people who were sick and needed Jesus’ healing power. Whether they were blind, crippled, leprous, or even already dead, they each had a serious need that deserved to be acknowledged and validated. When they cried out for Jesus to help them, did He talk down to them and tell them that their problems weren’t as important as everyone else’s? NO! Jesus displayed His infinite compassion for mankind when He was on this earth, proving His love for humanity. Even if some of His disciples tried to convince Him to keep moving and walk away from them, our Lord and Savior didn’t listen to them. He cared about every single person he healed, since he was acquainted with their souls before they were even born. Not once did Jesus ever criticize a person who needed Him and confessed their faith in Him. Jesus treated every person he healed with the same amount of respect and concern that he gave to everyone else.

We should all try to be more understanding of a sad or depressed person’s situation before we label them as selfish or self-absorbed. Just as Jesus had compassion and took pity on those who needed Him, we must do the same for those around us who are struggling with sadness and depression.

If you’re feeling sad or depressed, God understands, and it’s okay.

Now that we have debunked some of these popular Christian myths about sadness, hopefully you have gained a better understanding of how God views this emotion. It is completely natural to experience it, and it is NOT a sin. However, there will be some people who will try to quote Philippians 4:4, where it says “Rejoice in the Lord always” to disagree with this post. It is important to note the difference between happiness and joy: Happiness is a temporary state based on circumstances, while joy is eternal hope in spite of circumstances. You can still have your Christian joy while feeling sad at the same time. When Jesus’ followers witnessed His death on the cross, they were sad that He died, but they held onto His promise that He would rise again. That hope they kept was the definition of their joy in spite of the negative circumstances. I would encourage you to hold onto your joy, no matter how sad or depressed you might be feeling. At the same time, however, I’m here to tell you that there is no need for you to feel guilty or ashamed of being sad or depressed. God knows and understands your pain, and all the reasons for it. He is always there to comfort you and heal your heart. He wants to help you.

Here are God’s eternal words of promise and truth to assure you:

Psalm 34:18 ~ “The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Hebrews 4:15 ~ “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Isaiah 53:3 ~ “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Psalm 56:8 ~ “Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ~ “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Psalm 55:22 ~ “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

1 Peter 5:7 ~ “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ~ “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

While it is not a sin to be sad or depressed, God doesn’t want you to stay that way forever. I want to assure you that no matter what you are going through right now, God is capable of healing ANY kind of damage within a human heart. The process cannot be rushed, though; He is a Master Healer that does things delicately with intricate care. You must be willing to trust Him and take His hand as He performs a beautiful miracle in your life. If you keep your eyes fixed on Him with steadfast, unwavering faith, you will be amazed at the wonderful things He can help you achieve and overcome. Trust me, He certainly will.

– Gloria D. Hopkins