2. Tell God You're Ready to Grow

Hurtful times are opportunities to grow closer to God. Tell Him you're ready to see what He wants you to see and to know Him in the way that He desires. By doing this you are placing yourself  in the position where He can teach you what He wants you to learn. Jeremiah 29:13 says "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." To say "God, I'm ready to grow" is another way of seeking Him and His refining work in your life. 

3. Trust the Process 

Even if you can't see anything good coming out of your pain,  trust the process God is allowing you to go through which will prepare you for something greater later.  He really does, in all things, work "for the good of those who love him...." (Romans 8:28).  And the very next verse tells us how God works all things together for our good: "For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son..." (Romans 8:29, emphasis added). So if you're going through heartache and you don't understand it, trust that He is working on your character to make you more like Christ. That is reason enough, when we think of what Christ endured for us so that we could someday be with Him. 

So start trusting today that the One who loves you and won't let anything touch your life that hasn't first gone through His loving hands has a reason for what He's allowing. He wants you to be more like Him. 

Can you take that huge step of trusting He has a reason for the pain in your life? 

Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and author of eleven books, including When Women Walk Alone (more than 100,000 copies sold), Women on the Edge, and When a Woman Overcomes Life's Hurts. For more on her ministry and for free resources to help strengthen your soul, see her website or contact her at www.StrengthForTheSoul.com

Publication date: August 10, 2012