No Pain - No Gain

Have you ever read something that made you stop what you were doing and read it over more than once. Chelsea Jones is a young mother and the wife of a friend of mine, Nick Jones. Among other duties, she works with Matthew and Becky Murray as One By One’s United States liaison. She wrote the following, and I wanted to pass it on to you.

“In the same way, I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born,' says the Lord. 'If I cause you the pain, I will not stop you from giving birth to your new nation,' says your God." - Isaiah 66:9

“Do you have a dream, a promise the Father has embedded in your soul that sometimes seems too far out of reach so that your faith becomes dull and your heart becomes faint? Have you ever been gripped with the pain of loss after you thought it was time for your dream to come alive? Have you ever asked the Father to take the dream away because it was too much to bear after so much heartbreak?

Today, may you remember that He has never left you or forsaken you. May you come to life knowing the Father of all creation lavishes His love upon you and has given you words and dreams and promises that are never void. He makes all things new. Whether you laid down that dream for a while or totally lost your way, He has walked alongside you calling your name with the promise in mind - He is faithful.

Whether your dream is new or old, for a single person or for a nation, for something small or something miraculous, our Father is the author of those dreams, and the fruition of the promise is also in the process. He will not cause pain without something new to be born. He is a good Father. Take heart today and embrace the process to your promise! Thanks, Chelsea.”

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