Why the heck all this suffering?


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There are areas of suffering that are so unexplainable.  It takes “supernatualness” to be able to understand suffering.  God see’s everything that goes on this earth…good and evil.  He’s see’s every evil act done publicly and those done in secret.  So you might have asked yourself…how can God look upon a person being severely abused or tortured or at a horrific catastrophic event where hundreds or thousands of people are killed?

Well I can tell you for sure….it takes a “supernatural being” to be able to handle seeing severe suffering.  This is why we humans are so perplexed about this subject.  We are NOT supernatural so things like that greatly affects us.  We cannot possibly understand suffering.  All we can do is hold on to the words in the bible and know that the power of the Holy Spirit can bring us the grace and comfort that we need to hold it together during difficult times.  We are NOT going to make sense of it.  This seemingly perplexing thing is something about God that people don’t understand.   Some people even get really mad at God because they think He’s turned a blind eye to human suffering.

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God hasn’t done that.    He has a plan.  He has a way out.  He promised it would be worth it in the end for those who have chosen to receive His Son Jesus Christ and for those who have graciously accepted taking up the cross (denying themselves) and have endured in their suffering.  It’s God’s way and either you can accept it or reject it…deny it…or fight it.  It’s His world!  He created us and He made the rules.

1Peter 4:12-13 Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.(MSG)

I have suffered a great deal in my life and I’ve recently been through a lot suffering and have come to some conclusions about this subject….

1Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

My suffering has done a lot for me spiritually.

  1.  I’m a gospel singer and I select songs that minister to people. When I sing…everything I’ve gone through and all the times God saw me through a difficult situation comes through me through that song. I get very emotional when I sing. My signature song is His eye is on the sparrow. I sing that from the depths of my heart. Because of my suffering….this song and music means so much to me.  If not for my suffering, my music ministry would not be the same.
  2. My suffering has shown me God, it’s revealed Jesus to me in ways I could have never experienced and it has allowed the Holy Spirit to minister comfort and miracles to me personally.
  3. It has taught me how to pray, how to wait on God and trust Him no matter what.
  4. It has allowed me to see God at work in my life and has allowed me to store my past rescues up for future encouragement. ( Remembering how God brought you out of troubles in the past… will help you get through present troubles.)
  5. Suffering is never easy… but it has made me a stronger Christian.
  6. Suffering keeps Jesus very near to me and I have to keep very close to Him for my support and peace of mind.
  7. Suffering helps me to know the truth of Gods word.  My Suffering is spiritually maturing me.  Psalms 119:66-67 Teach me good discernment and knowledge, For I believe in Your commandments.  67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Suffering is a natural part of human life and everyone will suffer at some point in their life.  As we get older our bodies will start to fail us.  Eyes start to go and we will need glasses, arthritis starts to set in, and, emotional, financial difficulties happens.  Our husband or wife may die and on and on.  I think things get worse for a reason.  The reason is the more challenging  life becomes…the better heaven looks.   Knowing that we will have a happy, pain-free,and no more sorrows excitants…sounds wonderful!!!  If we didn’t face a life of challenges and begin to age….I don’t we would understand that this place is really not the end all and we may not look forward to our new eternal life with our Father God.

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You have to take suffering for what it is.  What is it?  It’s what God has designed to perfect us and to make us into what He wants us to be here on earth resulting in how we will be in heaven.  I keep my mind on this thought and not on trying to understand God’s philosophy for His type of perfecting us.  It’s strange to us but not to God.  If I stray from His word on this subject and try to gain my own understanding… I will become disillusioned with my faith in God and I will doubt and get angry at the way I think He’s treating me.  I always say to myself…It’s His way… it’s His world and I’m His creation.  I need to stay within His program and not my own idea’s and thoughts.

Everything God does for me is out of His love for me…even my suffering.  If crucified Jesus suffered…if beheaded John the Baptist who was doing a great work for God suffered…If beaten up Paul and all the harassed disciples who also did great work for the Lord and suffered horrible deaths had to suffer….then what makes me think I won’t be required to suffer as I live for and serve the master.  Can I get an Amen here?

God made us promises about what He will do for us if we endure suffering:

GOD PROMISED – 1 Corinthians 2:9 However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him.

The part “no human mind has conceived” Sends chills through me!!!  We can’t even imagine how great our eternal life will be!  All suffering is temporary!!!  Before you know it… you will have a supernatural awesome life.  Keep this in your mind when you are faced with great difficulty in your life.

Here are some of the most encouraging scriptures…….

GOD PROMISED –  Revelation 21:4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

JESUS SAID – John 14:2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?

JESUS SAID – Numbers 23:19 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

So what do I know about suffering?  That is normal…there is help… that there is… or will be a way out of your suffering.   There is also a BIG reward for your suffering.  I KNOW this life is hard right now!  I know suffering is a hard pill to swallow.  I know Jesus will be there for you every step of the way and that we should trust Him no matter what the circumstance.  God has been good to us in our lives and we are so thankful.  We should be thankful for the rough times too because they have a purpose.

Job said to his wife…..Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.  (Job 2:10)

(Sidebar here about some types of suffering….Sometimes God uses suffering to correct us but He will let you know about that when you seek Him for the cause of your suffering and He will give you a way out after your repentance.  This is done out of His love for you.  This is not your everyday suffering and you should not look for this to be the answer for all your suffering. Hebrews 12:6-8 )

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Over the past 62 years of my life… I have suffered a great deal from all kinds of things.  I would say 60% would be physical/illness and 40% other stuff.  In the past few years I can look back and see the benefits of my suffering.  It has done something inside of my spiritman that I just can’t describe to you.  It’s a supernatural work of God and only He knows how to bring this type of outcome out of  my pain and suffering.  A sports coach or any kind of coach or trainer knows just the right strategy and type of exercises to make his student a pro.  Well God knows the right things to make us into what He wants us to be and what He wants to produce in our lives.  God wants us to endure and be faithful until our earthly end.

Romans 5:3 (NLT) We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.

Another thing about suffering is that I trust God in everything  in my life.  I know that He knows what’s going on with me and He’s not going to let go of me.  I know that He can sometimes be very silent during hard times when we feel we need Him the most…but… I KNOW HE IS NEAR because His word…the bible says He is!!!   So even if I don’t feel Him…I just know He is there!!  He’s not a liar!!! I know He will and does help me.  I sit and wait.  Yes sometimes I might cry because the trial or suffering is very hard…but I trust Him.  Every hard trial I’ve gone though and am going through…His grace is there every second of every day!  If not…I could not still be positive in writing this blog and still Loving Jesus the way I do after all I’ve been through.
1 Corintians4:17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

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Even if all earthly things fail and I’m in the shadows of death…I know the Holy Spirit is in me and will help me to cross over into my eternal wonderful life with God. I win if I stay and I win big if I go.   I feel very blessed that I’m God’s child.

James 1:12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

How I chose to deal with my present suffering is up to me.  I can deal with it by walking with the Lord, holding His hand and keeping my eyes on Jesus….or I can be doubtful, fearful and feel hopeless.  I know that life is hard sometimes…I’m living that…but I also know the miracle and supernatural ability of God to sustain me and others who have gone through and are going through extreme difficult circumstances, hard trials and suffering.  It’s a miracle because through loss and grief….pain and suffering…disappointments and failures…we still believe that God is great and God is good!  How is that possible?  Why aren’t we kicking God to the curb?  Because the bible is true and God is Good, Jesus has power and the Holy Spirit is attached to us to help us and it’s all….Supernatual!  It’s a fact! Period!!!!

Dear God…there are so many people who have suffered and who are suffering.  There is probably someone crying as they are reading this blog.  Please comfort them and send them your peace.  Please help them to deal with their suffering and help them to study and receive the help that they need from your word the Holy Bible. Please assure them of your supernatural ability to sustain them with your power.  Help them to keep their eyes on you and trust you.  Heal them…help them, bless them and answer their prayers according to your will.  I thank you for getting them through their suffering thus far and I thank you so much for all present and future answered prayers.  All the praise and glory belongs to you oh Lord.  We love you!  I ask these things in Jesus name…Amen.


Ephesians 6:13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.



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“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou


Philippians 4:11  I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.



God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.



“What I need for myself for today I share with you.  God is helping me to endure….God speaks…I listen…and share with you.”



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Good days ~ Bad Days (illness)


My attitude is trust in Jesus!!!! Depend on God's grace!!!!

My attitude is trust in Jesus!!!! Depend on God’s grace!!!!


I am not feeling good today. I suffer with chronic illnesses. This is one of those good days bad days things and this is the bad day. As I’m dealing with this suffering today I have one thing on my mind….Jesus. I have one thing in my heart….Gods Grace.


Jesus and grace is what will help me to get through this day.


Please don’t feel sorry for me because I did this 1 Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.


These scriptures back me up on this….and I trust God.

Isaiah 26:3You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “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.

Life is not easy…but it is much much better when you have your eyes on Jesus!


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The day I found out I had BREAST CANCER


1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Every year I faithfully got a mammogram and this year was just like any other or so I thought. A day after I got the mammogram  I got a certified letter in the mail and a follow-up phone call from the radiologists telling me I that I needed to come in and get a copy of the mammogram and see a surgeon ASAP.  I didn’t think much of it though.  When I picked up the films I sat in my car and held them up to the light and I saw some white dots inside of a circle with a break in that circle…..but still it didn’t register with me.

I made an appointment right away with a breast surgeon and I didn’t take anyone with me to this appointment because again….I didn’t think it was a big deal.  I thought to myself…well…they will give me a biopsy and everything will go from there.  There was no history of breast cancer in my family and I had a breast biopsy when I was 16 years old so I thought this was much to do about nothing.  When the surgeon looked at the films he told me he was scheduling me for surgery.  I looked at his face and he looked very serious.  He let me draw my own conclusion and I said to him….”does this look like cancer?….and he said yes.  From that moment on I could hear nothing else he said.  His office tried to talk to me about details but I told them to write everything down because I was not processing anything they were saying to me.

I sat in my car in shock!  I called my friend from my car…she was in remission from another form of cancer.  She was able to talk me through those first moments.  My most pressing thoughts were….my husband….my kids….oh God help me!!!!!  I had a mastectomy in 2001….. I am completely healed from the cancer now 10 years later!!  All praise and glory belongs to God!  God used this for His glory because I was able to share my faith with my doctor and everyone around me got to see how I had a miraculous recovery.   The miracle was that……..I had no pain whatsoever after the surgery!!  It was amazing!  I went home from the hospital…no pain.  During the time that I got the breast cancer I was suffering with a chronic illness.  Two years before this mastectomy I had a hysterectomy as well as a few other smaller medical problems.  I believe God knew how much I could bear and He buffered me from too much trauma in this new medical challenge.

I felt His presence and His help in a powerful way.  God knows how much we can bare and will not put one drop more on us than we can handle.  Looking back in all that I’ve been through… I’m so amazed at the work all of this suffering has done in my life and I do count it all joy now.  I’m going to be honest here….I did not enjoy going through it…it was very difficult.  But now…when I see how the Lord was teaching me and molding me…I see He is making me into what He wants me to be and that’s to be just like His son…Jesus.  Refining takes time and patience.  As they say…Rome wasn’t built in a day. 

I’m a better person now because of what I’ve been through.  I’m able to share through my blog… some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way.  God will never leave you or forsake you…He will be there in your deepest darkest and most trying of moments.  When you are going through a difficult trial….pour your heart out to Him….cry until your eyes are swollen….pray until no words are left in your mouth…lay on your bed and moan and groan until you’re just drooling…then close your eyes and have the hope of Jesus in your heart and a mustard seed of faith left in your mind and soul and the power of the Holy Spirit will over shadow you….then the peace of God that passes all understanding will take you over and your joy will come in the morning.  I tell you this because…..I have lived it!  I have that joy and it IS so well with my soul.

James 1:2-4  Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

God knows how much you can bear…..call on Jesus and hang in there…you hear me…hang in there!!!!!

To all woman everywhere....please go and get your mammogram. It's one of the reasons I'm still here the first reason is God's healing hand. Also do self examinations too!

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