Hebrews 12:8-11 Click on link to read passage. You may select your own version of the Bible after the link opens.

Are you hurting? Pour your heart out to God. He may be molding you into the person he wants you to be. Consider these verses before you shake your fist at God and blame him for your pain and suffering.

Perhaps you can remember a time when you were given a spanking or other punishment for something you had done. There was pain at the time, but there was healing and you learned something from the discipline that had been applied. Perhaps you will enjoy reading this little incident I wrote about once on another blog of mine. Click here.

The important thing to remember is that God disciplines those he loves. If you are hurting, thank him that he trusts you with the pain. Let this pain help you to grow. Fight to keep from letting your pain cause you to turn inward and putting all your focus on yourself. As I write this I realize I am writing to myself as I continue to wrestle with some struggles of my own.

Father God, thank you for loving me. Help me to give thanks in everything, and help me to grow and bloom in a way that brings glory to only you.

Copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

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