"I've discovered that sometimes the things we get discouraged about are the very things God uses to promote us.
God will not allow a trial to come into your life unless He has a purpose.
He doesn't send the storms, but He uses them.
When you're in difficult times, know that this challenge was not sent to destroy you.
It was sent to promote you, to increase you, to strengthen you.
You may not see how it will do that, at first, but God has a way.
He sends adversity to bring out potential we didn't even know we had.
Maybe you've been through a loss and you don't see anything bright in your future.
It feels like people are walking on top of you. You feel like you've been buried.
Just remember, there is a process taking place. Like that little planted seed, new growth is springing forth in you—new talent, new determination, new opportunities, new friendships.
God is birthing something in you greater than you are right now.
Keep reminding yourself, "God is still on the throne. This is not the end. It's only the beginning. I've got comeback power in my DNA."
Don't live with a chip on your shoulder.
Don't dwell on your disappointments, on what didn't work out.
Bitterness will keep your seed from taking root.
Self-pity will hinder your growth.
Self-condemnation and feeling unworthy of God's goodness will only limit how high you can go.
Shake off those feelings.
Step up into faith.
Understand that the only difference between being buried and being planted is what you expect.
If you expect that difficulty to be the end of you and you give up on your dreams, then even though you're a seed with the life of Almighty God, even though God has already planned your comeback, because of your own thinking, it won't happen.
I've seen people go through incredible challenges with smiles on their faces.
They're hoping, believing, expecting.
You know what they're saying?
"God, I know I'm not buried. I'm planted, and I can't wait to see what You will do next. I can't wait to see the new doors You'll open, the new friends I'll make, the new opportunities I will have."
If you'll stay in faith like those smiling people, you will rise above your difficulties to a new fullness.
You'll see God blossom your life in ways you've never imagined."
- "It's Your Time "