1 John 3:24 (AMP)

24 All who keep His commandments [who obey His orders and follow His plan, live and continue to live, to stay and] abide in Him, and He in them. [[a]They let Christ be a home to them and they are the home of Christ.] And by this we know and understand and have the proof that He [really] lives and makes His home in us: by the [Holy] Spirit Whom He has given us.

Good Monday Morning! I was so happy to share the good news today, God is working behind the scenes all the time! Even though it is literally pouring down rain and stormy here in Destin as I write, I knew today was a great day for us! This week I have been digging deeper and deeper into what God needs me to KNOW about Him. Again we can be Bible carriers and quote all the scriptures but completely miss KNOWING God! I know in the depths of my heart that God created all of us to KNOW Him, LOVE Him, and WORSHIP Him! Today God quietly pressed into my heart that this season of long suffering and pain was for all of us to prepare for the breakthrough that is on our way!

Many of us have been through wave after wave of challenges, hurt, disappointments, death, and heart aches! Many of you have asked me why God has allowed for us to be in such a long season of  trials and challenges. As I was meditating on God's goodness and standing on the promises He has given to all of us, I felt the unbelievable peace of knowing that all of this was to prepare us for what is to come! I felt that possibly this long season of pain has been a time for us to slow down, fall to our knees, and examine our hearts. As today's scripture states, we must obey and follow His plan and continue to live and abide in Him! I felt like this has been a season for all of us to seek God's face, seek His will, and let God have His way with what He desires for us!

Personally this season has broken me. I have asked God to totally remake me from the inside out. I have changed daily habits, given up some fleshly desires, challenged my emotional state, confessed wrong thoughts and actions, and have desperately cried out to God to know Him and learn ALL that I can in this season so I never have to face these particular trials again! I want you to know-- God does not send the trials and pains but He does allow them! NO ONE escapes this dark world's evil. BUT GOD-- He will answer you, He will draw you closer to Him, and HE will bring you through the storms! You can always find God behind the scenes even through the many storms of life-- many types and origins of storms- BUT the only ONE answer to them all is God!

Each storm we face and get through proves who God is over and over. A great God is working behind the scenes bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11, He knows ALLthe plans he has for us! He is creator and reigns over it all. God is majestic and above ALL things, and God is working His purpose out in all things! God is our defender and He is our deliverer! You are sealed by His Son, Jesus, and He lives within you. God is our supreme hope no matter what we face! Each storm is preparing us and growing us for the next season in life! YOUR breakthrough, YOUR answer, YOUR relief, and YOUR rest is on its way!

My challenge this week is: if you are facing a storm then go to your knees and ask God to show you what you need to learn in the storm! Ask God to be your strength and power to stand in the midst of it all. His power lives within you and so call on it! Then I want you to look into your deepest parts and in your heart and see where God might be asking you to change, modify, or eliminate things or emotions from your life. Earnestly seek to obey God and KNOW Him, not because of religion and laws- but because He loves you so extravagantly and you want to experience His greatness and goodness in every area of your life by loving Him first and above ALL things! Trust that God is working behind the scenes for the greatest possible good in your life! Trusting God, Loving God, and Knowing God through the greatest trials of life proves of our great love for Him and He will always bless and honor those that Know Him, Love Him, and Worship Him!