Episode 10 - The Purpose of your Pain

“All pain has a reason. And if I am truly trusting in Him, then I can know that it's all going to work for my good and His glory.” 


In this week's episode, second from the “Faith Full: Extraordinary Women of the Bible” series, we talk about a different woman who has shown her faithfulness and who we can look at as an example: Hannah.


The two books of Samuel begin with her story.  She was someone that requested something from God. Sometimes we can ask for things that seem really important and valuable to us and God’s answer is still no. 


But God did answer Hannah's prayer.  


In James 4, verses two and three it says: “You ask and do not receive because you ask with wrong motives so that you may spend it on your pleasures.” 


Now we know that when Hannah asked, her motive was right with God. We see this in how she dedicated her son to the Lord and relinquished the very gift that she had asked for. Even though it was one of the greatest wishes of her life, she recognized that she was actually not giving away her child. She was actually giving back the gift that was already God's. 


All good things are gifts from God.  



As we talked through Hannah’s story, we realized that Hannah is a good example of purpose in pain.  Her story shows us that God is not only sovereign over the nations and history, but He's also sovereign over our lives and always has a reason for what happens in our lives, even the hard things.


Sometimes just taking a step back and remembering that God allows things for a reason. And there is no wasted pain when we belong to Christ. 


Listener question of the week:


“What is one thing that you can attribute to a long happy marriage?” was the question of the week sent by Judith. 


For Jen and AJ to have long and hopefully happy and healthy marriages is to know that marriage is not just about us. It's not about feeling good every day. Because we're human beings that are definitely fallible. It's also okay to have separate interests at times, to manage your expectations, and the fact that your marriage is a reflection of the gospel was also part of the answer. Oh, and have separate tubes of toothpaste. LOL.


“Always remember that love is a choice “


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Challenge of the week


For this week's challenge, we want you to read Hannah’s story and think about your own life.


If you are thinking to yourself, “I don't really know if I have faith to act and to be obedient”, here's the great news:  faith itself is a gift from God.  


You've been saved through faith. This is not your own doing, it is a gift of God.


So you can be confident in that gift and you can take that faith and go through very practical disciplines, prayer, reading the Bible, being in community with other believers to stand on that faith. 


We don't have to have super-sized, monumental, spiritual,  amounts of faith for it to work. A mustard seed size is all we need. It doesn't have to be perfect. It just has to be a little bit of genuine faith in our trustworthy God.



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“And regardless of what our prayer may be, if we're looking to God and we're seeking as well, and we're wanting to know Him and we're understanding the gospel more, we are trusting in Him when we know like Romans 8:28, those who love God, all things work together for our good and his glory.” - Jen Evangelista. 


“Sometimes just taking a step back and remembering that God allows things for a reason, and there is no wasted pain when we belong to Christ.” Arabah Joy.


“Hannah’s motive, her heart, her focus was always Him. And that is also a great example and a good reminder for my heart when the pain seems overwhelming, my focus can still be the Lord's salvation. And I can rejoice in that, even in the midst of pain, even when things aren't perfect around me, which they never will be. ” - Arabah Joy. 


“Extolling a sovereign and powerful and good God. And no matter where we are in our circumstances, whether we are on our knees asking for the desires of our heart, whether we have been blessed beyond measure. We can extol the mercy and the goodness and the sovereignty of God.” - Jen Evangelista.


“Regardless of our circumstance, We have a God who loves us enough to save us, to rescue us.” - Jen Evangelista.


“I'm thinking of the verse in Proverbs, where it says to trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. And we see that in Hannah's life. The circumstances of her life kind of forced her in a certain direction. And as she trusted the Lord, as she walked down that path, He made the next step known.”  - Arabah Joy.


“All pain has a reason. And if I am truly trusting in Him, then I can know that it's all going to work for my good and His glory.” - Jen Evangelista.


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