Purpose in the Pain


I’ve talked about before how tough it was for me living in Germany. Initially, the hard part was being so far away.  I had gotten comfortable where I was living, my family was not very far away and overall I was happy with life. That is of course until the news came that we were moving to Germany. At the time, I was mature enough to understand that it wasn’t my husband’s work sending us to Germany it was God. But I must be honest and say I still did not understand or like the fact that these changes were coming. I felt like my whole world was being flipped upside down and that was very hard for me to accept. When I finally got myself together and began to embrace my life in a new country, sure enough the enemy came and attacked again in a few different ways and tried to get me back to that same place I had been in when I first got there. But just as sure as he attacked, I prayed and prayed. I cried, hollered and screamed. I pleaded with God to please help me understand. I prayed for God to get me up out of that place and finally He did.

I said all that to say this, my time in Germany was tough, but I made it. I got through what feels like was the hardest 3 years of my life. Looking back, I can now say without a shadow of a doubt that there was purpose in my pain. No matter how bad I hurt and how much I did not understand at the time, I know there was a reason why I had to go through what I went through. I grew so much spiritually and God got me to a place of total dependence on Him.


This is how I was able to find the purpose in my pain. I began to realize why I was created. I realized that my purpose in life was so much greater than anything I had ever imagined. This is also why the devil attacked me like he did. The purpose in my pain was to push me. My pain pushed me in my quest for God. My pain pushed me to think big. My pain pushed me to not just think outside the box, but actually live outside of the box. My pain pushed me to not just walk by faith but to make faith my lifestyle. My pain pushed me to be greater and bolder when telling people about God. My pain pushed me to walk in love no matter what. My pain pushed me to start my own blog and publish my first book. My pain pushed me to be the best me that I could possibly be. My pain pushed me to take off every limitation in my life. And now, one of my goals in life is to help others do the same. I want you to understand that there is so much greatness on the inside of you. If you stay comfortable and never try anything new, you will never grow and you’ll never be able to walk in that greatness. You have to get uncomfortable. It may hurt, matter fact it is going to hurt but rest assured that God is going to see you through. At the end of the day, it all boils down to this…the more uncomfortable you are, the more you have to depend on God. That’s the way it was intended to be in the first place. “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” (Deut 31:6 ESV)


Thought Check:

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 (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

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It’s Time To Pay It Forward

From the Heart - Blessing in A Bag

When I started this blog, I would normally find myself writing about self-improvement.  I want to encourage and inspire each of you to live your life to fullest and share with you the love of God.  In doing that however, one of the main elements I hope you never forget is the importance of doing for other people.  It’s good to get yourself together, work hard, and push towards your dreams but somewhere along the way you have to be willing to put yourself to the side and think about the needs of others.  I’ve even found that in the process of my never ending doing…doing…doing, if I stop and take the time to consider the need of someone else and help meet that need my simple act of kindness helps push me that much closer to where I am trying to go.

So, in my quest to show support I came across this great organization that I immediately knew I had to share with you.  From the Heart, Blessings in a Bag was started by Whitney Sutton in Tampa, Florida.  From the Heart, Blessings in a Bag is an organization meant to bring hope, providing small necessary items needed to get through every day life to our brothers and sisters that are without homes.  When asked how what she does motivates, inspires or encourages others, Whitney stated, “I believe our bags have the potential to encourage anyone who receives them.  It shows them that there are people who care and who think that they are important.  It gives each individual who receives a bag a reason to strive for better.  In addition to all the toiletries and small goodies, included in the bag is a listing of places they can go for additional help, which can ultimately change the situation they are in. The bags also give everyone who donates time or supplies to the organization an opportunity to come together for a greater cause and satisfaction in knowing that we can make a difference.”

Sound like something you’d be interested in supporting?  The items that From the Heart, Blessings in a Bag gives away are every day items: toothbrush/toothpaste, washcloth, soap, socks, water bottle, snack crackers, granola bars, tissue, fruit cup/spoon, and blankets. These items can be purchased practically anywhere and if anyone would like to donate you can send donations to:

From the Heart, Blessings in a Bag

P.O. Box 1743 Brandon, FL


Whitney started this organization because she knows what it feels like to be without a home.  “I’ve been without a home before and it was the duration of about 8 months. Although the stereotype shows if they’re homeless they must have some type of problem but that was not the case. Most cases are because the responsibilities with bills, mortgage, etc. became too much to bare and there was a lack of knowledge for the resources available to help. I had someone show me available options and I hope to be able to do the same for someone else. Together, all of our small efforts can make a BIG impact! “  Proof that what you go through in life is not for you.  It’s to help make you better, but also to help others later on down the line.


Whitney, I would like to commend you on starting an organization that will touch the lives of so many people.  Your heart for people is amazing and I want you to know I support you 200%.  So amazing to see God work in your life.  My prayer is that you will continue to receive the support needed to sow seed into the lives of homeless people and show them the love of God. Your hard work, dedication, love and kindness will never go unnoticed! God bless you in all you do!

If you’d like to learn more about From the Heart, Blessings in a Bag you can find them on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/fromtheheartbags or email myheartblessingbags@gmail.com.

This is a great organization and I’d really like to encourage each of you to support.  Don’t wait! Don’t think about it! Just do it! Support this great organization by sending any of the items listed or financial donations to From the Heart, Blessings in a Bag.  Your support can really go a long way.  Why not pay it forward?  Let’s be honest, sometimes it just feels good to do something good!


Thought Check:

 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38 NIV