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Overcoming Trials God's Way

And all the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord; I bring low the high tree, and make high the low tree, dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I am the Lord, I have spoken, and I will do it.  Ezekiel 17:24 ESV

In the middle of a pandemic, over six months, our family experienced losses in ways we never had before.

Unexpected relationship issues arose outside the family that hurt us deeply and caused division. A business deal went wrong, so we had to employ an attorney. Issues came up in our church, and we made the tough decision to leave this church family we had grown to love. My husband also lost his job.

As time unraveled and our hearts healed from the pain, we saw these situations as opportunities. God was giving us a clean slate, and hard lessons learned helped us attain this. We looked forward to the good God had in store for us that He would bring out of the next hardships we would endure.

Sometimes, God has to change situations so He can transform us, even if it means working against our expectations. When we experience regression in an area of our lives that once thrived, or distress where there was vibrant life, we can trust God to take a dry tree and make it flourish. When we feel knocked down, we can remember God is the lifter of the lowly. We are valuable to Him. He wants an ideal future for us, so He will do whatever is necessary to get us there. He wants to advance us because we are His. God is in the business of recovering, rebuilding, refurbishing, rehabilitating, and reviving our souls.

In your season of unexpected loss, my prayer for you is that God will help you expect there is something good waiting down the road, you will realize these trials will eventually come to an end, you will gain God’s perspective of what happened so you can understand better how to perceive, react, and respond to each situation, He will fill you to the brim with His joy and perfect peace, and the power of His Spirit will surround you so you can receive the strength to heal and move forward.

Let God teach you how to overcome trials His way.

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Brandie Muncaster

Brandie J. Muncaster’s passion for writing is fueled from her desire to help people discover what it means to live and walk in their true identity in the Lord Jesus Christ. As someone who has known the powerful transforming work of God in her own life, she is passionate about seeing others experience the same. Through prayer and applying the Word, she ministers the love of God. Brandie is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More and Kingdom Winds. She is the author of the children’s book, Garden Tales: A Seed’s Story. Her work-in-progress is a memoir entitled A Story of Redemption, where she shares how God has brought inner healing through His Word. She and her husband have three children. She enjoys spending time with her children, playing sports, and visiting the coast or the mountains. Brandie also enjoys reading, painting, running, and homesteading. She is a member of Word Weavers of Charlotte, Hope Writer’s Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and Kingdom Winds Collective.