The 20 Verses You Love Most: #5 God Works

The 20 Verses You Love Most | Liz Curtis Higgs

We knew it was coming. Hardly a sermon goes by without a mention of this verse. People nod at the opening words. Right. Got this one. We’ve heard it so many times we may no longer hear it at all.

So, a favor. Pretend you’ve never met this verse before. Come at it fresh. Let God show you something you’ve missed all those other times.

Just as his mercies are new every morning, so are his truths.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Romans 8:28

“And we know that…” Romans 8:28

In the NIV this verse comes under the heading, “Present Suffering and Future Glory.” When you’re suffering—and so many among us are—the future may look bleak, even frightening.

So, the Lord addresses our greatest fear straight up. This tough situation we’re in that seems permanent and meaningless? It is in fact temporary and purposeful.

“We are well assured” (KNOX), Paul writes, and “are confident” (VOICE) that the hardship we’re dealing with today will end—and end well—because God is in it from start to finish.

“…in all things…” Romans 8:28

That’s right, everything” (CJB) we might be up against, “every detail in our lives” (MXG) is not only on his radar, it’s in his hands. Here we were thinking God only worries about the big stuff. No, it all matters to God.

Pray about all of it. Trust him with all of it. Know he’s got all of it.

What “things” are on your list of major concerns right now? That stuff you’re fretting about, obsessing over, suffering through? Go ahead, count them. Is it your finances? your health? your child? your parents? your job? your church? your marriage? your singleness? your friendships? your future?

Whether you counted your difficulties on one hand, or needed a calculator to keep track, they are all in his grip. All. Saying it again. All things.

And God isn’t just holding them. He is doing something about them.

Auto Mechanic

“…God works…” Romans 8:28

There it is. The assurance we need most. God is working on it. Or, as we’ve said many times in this series, “God has this!” He is laboring on our behalf, and “makes all things work together” (NLV).

Like a master auto mechanic, the Lord understands how all those parts under the hood work—after all, he made them according to his design—and he knows how to keep things running, even when we’re almost out of fuel and the road ahead is full of potholes.

Yet unlike the mechanic, who takes a lunch break and goes home at night, “God is always at work” (CEV). His shop never closes. He adjusts and tightens and lubricates and runs diagnostics until “all things work together” (NLV).

He’s also not afraid to get his hands dirty. Whatever kind of mess you’re in, he’s in it with you. God is never disgusted, discouraged, disappointed, or disinterested. He has one aim, and that’s to get you up and running, better than ever.

“…for the good…” Romans 8:28

Key word. Key. “Everything that happens fits into a pattern for good” (PHILLIPS), as God works “toward something good and beautiful” (VOICE) in our lives. Whatever is happening is “for the best” (GNV). Even if it doesn’t appear so right this minute.

You know how when you clean out a closet, things look worse before they get better? Clothes piled here and there, dust flying around the room, boxes for Goodwill, for storage, for giveaway, all spilling over onto the floor? At some point you lose heart and think you’ll never be finished, that you’ll live in this mess forever.

One Messy Closet

But when you’re finally done and everything’s sorted, it’s a thing of beauty, that clean closet. You open the door several times a day just to admire the view.

That’s how God works in our lives. Hands on. Cleaning, straightening, repairing, overhauling, taking apart, putting back together. We don’t know how or why our lives got so messy, and at this point, it doesn’t matter. We just need help.

Because he loves us, God is more than willing and supremely able to turn our garbage into a platform for his glory.

One Clean Closet

Does he do this for everyone on the planet? He does not. Only for those who lift the hoods of their run-down cars or throw open the doors of their messy closets and say, “Oh, Lord, I’m so glad you’re here. Please come in and stay forever.”

“…of those who love him,…” Romans 8:28

So, do you love God? I’m not talking about a warm, happy feeling. I’m talking about commitment and trust and sacrifice.

No question, God loves you. I’m asking, do you love him? Do you believe what he has for you is for your good? That’s the real test of our faith, isn’t it? To say, “Yes, God, whatever you have for me in this life, I will receive as a gift of love from your hands.”

When well-meaning people say, “God never gives you more than you can handle,” they are not quoting Scripture. They aren’t even speaking the truth. God intentionally gives us more than we can handle because he is the One who will handle things. All things. Everything.

Maybe they’re thinking of the verse, “God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear…” (1 Corinthians 10:13), which falls in the middle of Paul’s teaching on idol worship and other sins. It is comforting to know that when temptation rears its ugly head, God will provide a means of escape.

But nowhere does it say we are to handle things on our own. It’s always God providing the way out. God doing the heavy lifting.

When we’re overwhelmed with grief, should we keep telling ourselves, “I can handle this?” No, we turn to God and say, “My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word” (Psalm 119:28).

When we’re ready to drop with exhaustion, or we fear we’re losing our way, are we to think, “I can handle this?” No, we remind ourselves, “It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure” (Psalm 18:32).

God Has This!

For more assurance that “God has this!” revisit verses #9, #10, #14, and #15 of The 20 Verses You Love Most.

“…who have been called…” Romans 8:28

Not called on the phone, nor called to be missionaries or evangelists, simply “called to be saints” (DRA). Members of God’s family. One of “the people God chose, because that was his plan” (ERV). When you were “summoned” (OJB), you responded. When God reached out, you said, “Yes,” by the power of his Holy Spirit, and accepted “His invitation to live according to His plan” (VOICE).

Potter and Clay

“…according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

More hands at work, shaping and molding us “in fulfillment of his design” (KNOX) and “in keeping with his purpose” (NIRV). “We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand” (Isaiah 64:8).

More messiness, more mystery. Will we become water jars or flower vases? have two handles or none? be glazed or plain?

His Word gently reminds us, “Does the clay say to the potter, ’What are you making?’” (Isaiah 45:9). No. I believe the pot says, “You are trustworthy, Lord. Whatever you are making, it is good.” Because it is “purposeful” (OJB). And because someday we will be a finished work of art standing in his glorious presence.

A Collection of Clay Pots

Now it’s your turn

I’m grateful that so many people chose this verse as their favorite. Did God reveal to you some new truth about Romans 8:28? Or show you how it applies to your life right now? Kindly add your response under Post a Comment below.

Just four verses to go! Next time we’ll return to the New Testament for a very peace-filled verse. It’s exactly what this girl needs during this busy season. I pray it will minister to you as well.

Your sister, Liz

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51 Responses to The 20 Verses You Love Most: #5 God Works

  1. Ruth August 4, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

    Yes, I am a mess. Not just today but every day. I don’t always see it in my rush to get on with life, but those moments when I quietly sit and reflect I can see the disaster I have made of it all! LOL YES, laugh aloud!!!
    I am His child. I am loved. I am cherished. He has my life, his plan all figured out before I was in my mothers womb. How wonderful to know that behind all my struggling (and believe me I do) all my planning, lists and oh so organized life, he waits patiently for me to turn and say, help me please Lord.
    Thank you Liz. Yes, this verse could be overlooked so easily as you say through it’s time and time again use, but how sad to do so.
    I am called, I am loved, I am chosen, I am cared for in His plans for me. I don’t need to worry or fret. I can rest in Him.
    Thank you Jesus!

  2. 9 months widowed August 5, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    Thank you for ministering to me, Liz. I needed this today. God put this verse in His word because He knew we often need the reminder that He is in the dirt with us. Today I needed affirmation that He’s in the dirt with me.

  3. cherrie:) August 5, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    I found out that i will be having maijor surgey soon. Not looking forward to it. This verse is helpful and reminds me to trust and obey.

  4. Sherry August 5, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    Liz, this is definitely one of my favorite verses!! How cool to be reminded that God not only will carry our burdens but He is “actively working” each time we pray! Thanks for the reminder that God can change “any” situation into a platform for His glory!! Resting, trusting, and relying on His strength & love!

  5. Julie Sunne August 5, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    Just what I needed to hear, Liz! I know this. I try to live this. But boy do I need a sweet reminder once in a while (maybe more often). Resting in His trust today, dear Sister.

  6. Jeanne August 5, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    I needed this today as well. My 20 year old son with autism just returned from two weeks of vacation with Grandma. With him returned all of the heaviness I feel everyday that I’m not doing enough for him, that he doesn’t have enough to do, that I will continue to be a stay at home mom far longer than most. It’s like a blanket of anxiety that covers me whenever my son is home. Thank you for reminding me, Liz, that all of this is in God’s control. I cannot “fix” things for my son and I can’t entertain him all day, everyday. I pray God just helps me love and enjoy my son until one day when he’s able to live on his own.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs August 6, 2013 at 7:57 am #

      Jeanne, I sense the weight of that responsibility you bear just reading your words. I’m glad to hear you’ve had a much-needed respite. Praying RIGHT NOW that your anxiety will ease and that God will be real and present to you as you go about your daily tasks. He truly IS in control and is with you through it all, good and bad. Bless you for sharing your heart with us.

  7. Shawn August 5, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    God has used this verse from the time I surrendered my life to him until this present moment. It has provided solid footing through many rocky places. Even when the enemy wants me to believe I have messed up more than God can tolerate, this verse comforts me. Knowing God is at work, at all times, in all things makes it possible to remain focused on him and thankful for his promise to bring good from it all.
    Wishing you a blessed weekend!

  8. Kim August 5, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    Liz, these past two years have been the toughest of my life, but GOD is so faithful!! So tender to lead me as I cry out to Him. He is in control. These verses are a sweet reminder that EVERYTHING – no matter if its large or small – rests in His capable hands!! Hugs to you my friend as we rejoice in His presence!!

  9. Janice Swain August 5, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    This devotional has truly ministered to me this morning. As a family we have needs but the most important is to see our wayward children brought back to God. I trust God. He has been so faithful all down through the years and I know he is in control. If we as sisters believe with each other I know we will see miracles. God is Good all the time. Anyone who would like to contact my by email please feel free to do so. Just add to subject line God is Good. We will believe together. May God Bless all who read this devotion.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs August 6, 2013 at 7:59 am #

      As a prodigal who came home, I’m standing with you on this, Janice.

    • Janine August 22, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

      I understand that Kathy as my oldest 3 also are living their own lives their own way. My heart has broken many times over this but I know that Father God is in control. Our children are His and we’re privileged to pray for them as He leads us to. I was encouraged by your journey and the willingness to be changed by Him thru your heart ache. God bless you.

  10. Dalyn August 5, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    This post was balm to my soul. I can’t even describe how it spoke to my present circumstances- which I had just before been praying about. I read with tears pouring down, pressure releasing, and peace washing over. Thank you Liz

    • Liz Curtis Higgs August 6, 2013 at 7:58 am #

      Faithful God, Dalyn, to provide the words you needed most! Praying his peace will continue to wash over you.

  11. Karen August 5, 2013 at 11:36 am #

    You will never know how much I needed to read this today…at this very moment. Thank you for the reminder to “Pray about ALL of it…” In the grand scheme of life, what I’m going through at the moment doesn’t seem to register on the radar when compared with the huge things others face…however, it is troublesome to me at the moment and I needed the reminder that He cares about all of it – even the tiniest detail and that it will ALL work for my good and HIS glory. Thank you so much for this, Liz!

  12. Katie August 5, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    Thanks Liz,
    This was a great encouragement to me as well. 2 months ago we had our fourth child and I am overwhelmed A LOT! I think I may save this and read it EVERY morning!

  13. Kathy August 5, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    The last 3 years have been so painful as I have watched my 3 oldest leave our loving Christian home and enter lives of sin. It has led to depression and anxiety; sure that every siren at night was for one of my children, that every sexual encounter would lead to disease, and wondering how I failed so miserably as a mother that they would turn from faith in which they were raised..but now, I am seeing how all of this is being used for the Glory of God. …in ALL things God is working… My faith has never been stronger as I am learning to trust God with their lives and mine in ways I never could before. Learning that their choices are not failure on my part and in fact may have nothing at all to do with me (what? It’s not all about me? 🙂 I am learning to judge less and care more and to see everything, even the hard stuff, as from the Father. I am seeing the lost through different eyes. In this I am finding true peace, true joy, and I wait in hope for the wonderful story of redemption for every prodigal. Thank you, Miss Liz, for breaking this verse down and helping us see it again, new. Love, prayers, and gratitude for your ministry.

    • Shae August 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

      Your comment touched my soul. It was as if my heart stopped beating, time stopped, as I soaked in the truth of your words. For me also, my world not turning out at all how I thought it would, my most painful moments have brought me to a place with God where I realize how little I have known about His love. Your words are also my words, ‘I am learning to judge less and care more and to see everything, even the hard stuff, as from the Father. I am seeing the lost through different eyes. In this I am finding true peace, true joy, and I wait in hope for the wonderful story of redemption for every prodigal.’ I must say for me right now, learning to show His love to those in a life of sin, is one of my deepest desires. Only He can show me how. Thanks for sharing your comments.

      • Kathy August 6, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

        Thank you Shae, for sharing your heart. I pray God sends someone like you, with a heart for sharing God’s love with the lost, to speak truth into the lives of my children. …still waiting in hope…

    • Nancy August 5, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

      My heart hurts for you both-as I read- the memories were stirred up. I’m looking back now from the other side of what you are experiencing now. I remember a gut-wrenching time returning home from Bible Study one night. God asked me in no uncertain terms to let go, to open my hands and let Him have my child back- I did, and I cried all the way home- in fact, I’m not sure how I got home, but when I arrived, I did have the peace that passes understanding- because I sure didn’t understand how or what He would do about that child. There were lots of experiences and consequences that resulted; I can tell you now, my child, 9 years later is no longer the prodigal. I say this, not in triumph, but in the hope that it will encourage you to trust Him with your children. Sometimes they have to go through the experience to learn and to understand that God, indeed, is in control- and has been all along. Praying for you both.

      • Kathy August 6, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

        Thank you so much for your words- your gift of grace. Yesterday I read a journal post from a few months ago where I said, “Father, I give back the gifts you have given me. I trust you completely with their lives.” I remember saying that at an altar when they were babies and we dedicated them to the Lord. Living it out is so much harder. But, oh, the peace I have now. Just what you spoke of; peace that passes understanding. I am rejoicing with you that your lost one is found! Thanks be to God! and thank you for sharing.

  14. Sue Dietsche August 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    Sweet Liz, thank you for changing my opinion on Romans 8:28. Someone
    close to me is always throwing the “all things work together for good”
    part at us. It became one of those eye-rolling verses for me. Some
    things in life are just plain lousy. That person always made me feel
    like I wasn’t measuring up if I wasn’t thrilled by whatever was
    happening, like a “real” Christ-like person would just suck it up and
    think things were fine. I’m sure there are plenty of times when the
    Lord’s heart aches right along with us. I was blessed to hear you
    speak in Albany, NY last fall, and you said “God works”! Yes He does!
    That means He is in control. The Lord used you to lift that burden off
    of my attitude and put it on His strong shoulders. Reading your
    insights again today have been a comfort and joy. God works! I can get
    out of the way and leave things in His capable, loving hands. Thank
    you so much for sharing and caring. You are a gift from the Lord and
    “God works” through you!

    • Liz Curtis Higgs August 6, 2013 at 8:07 am #

      Totally get the eye-rolling, Sue. Romans 8:28 is meant to comfort us, not make us feel guilty or less-than. Thanks for being willing to look at this verse again. I, too, believe there are times when God’s heart aches right along with ours. And how he must rejoice when we truly trust him! Thanks for the kind words, sis.

  15. Becky Frame August 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    This verse has been one of my favorites since childhood, but it has taken on special meaning ever since my father hung himself 3.5 years ago. God very faithfully began to show me bits of the good resulting from that tragedy even just a few short, mind-numbing, grief-shattered days after Dad’s suicide. As I have traversed the paths of grief these 3.5 years, God has poured good after good after good upon my circumstances. He has guided and directed in overwhelmingly, specifically good ways that were obvious results of Dad’s death. He has given specific grace and mercy that I would not have received in any other way. He has healed and strengthened and changed and grown me so uniquely. He has given me a testimony of His goodness that I would never has asked for but am so thankful to proclaim. I am living proof that this verse is true.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs August 6, 2013 at 8:10 am #

      Beautiful Becky, your words will encourage SO MANY, not only here, but everywhere you share them. To think of all you’ve been through, and yet how much you’ve grown spiritually! I praise God for his faithfulness and yours.

  16. Ginny L. Yttrup August 5, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    Hi Liz, Thank you for this post… Your wise words regarding my life verse were a salve to my hurting soul this morning. Suffering can seems so pointless. But…God. He is the gift wrapped in the shroud of darkness, working all things for our good. Deep contented sigh… 🙂
    Love to you…

  17. rachele August 5, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    I’ve been reading your blog for many months now and this is my first post.
    After feeling so sad your words today on a verse I know so well have lifted my spirit. Thank you for allowing God to bless others through your words.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs August 6, 2013 at 8:12 am #

      Thanks for reaching out today, Rachele. It’s a blessing to hear how God is working in your life.

  18. Susan Gruener August 5, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    You are so right about this verse…as well as others, we just seem to ‘take for granted’…as if they are ‘old hat’, not to be believed in anymore. Sounds like the enemy to me. I admit I have done it too – but hopefully will not any longer. I shall look at each verse ‘new’ once again! The LORD of all Heaven is showing me a lot these past couple of days, your blog included…I’m having more blood tests tomorrow…and praying for a good outcome!
    Our God is sufficient, faithful and is working everything out for my good.
    Thanks Liz! As my granddaughter would say, “You rock!” 🙂

    • Liz Curtis Higgs August 6, 2013 at 8:12 am #

      Praying for that good outcome as well, Susan.

  19. Nancy August 5, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    Oh, Liz, you hit the nail on the head. I was skimming down til I got to the picture of the closet- this verse is like an old friend so I wasn’t sure there would be a “new” bit to chew on, but your analogy and the picture looks like my house most days. Today, I’ve been tackling old pictures and papers of my mother and mother in law, trying to sift through things I’ve not touched in the 5 years since they died (two weeks apart). I saw that pic then read your description and immediately remembered that when I was working and it was “clean up and out” time my office always looked worse while I was fine tuning it- but afterward it was so clean, crisp, and a joy to work in. I’d like my heart and life to be like that second picture. Me and the Lord, we’re going to have a talk. thanks for being the sign today!

  20. RB August 5, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    Dearest sister Liz,
    Thanks you so much for this verse. I have loved it as it set me free from shame and guilt. I was divorced from an abusive alcoholic and have felt guilt about it for almost 30 years! I always thought that God would not forgive me for divorcing and especially for remarrying. I have a wonderful husband now who is also divorced and the exact opposite of my first husband. We have been married for 28 years and both of us felt this same guilt the entire 28 years! But then, this verse came to us only a few 8 months ago with new meaning. Now, we thank God for “all things that work together for good”. God has given us each other and we have a wonderful life today. We live for the Lord and have give our lives to serve Him. We just returned home from Africa serving Him full time as missionaries. We are so blessed. Thank you Liz for including this verse, may God continue to use you. You are a true blessing to all of us.

  21. Kay August 5, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    so beautifully stated and such a glorious reminder – just love this part, “Does the clay say to the potter, ’What are you making?’” (Isaiah 45:9). No. I believe the pot says, “You are trustworthy, Lord. Whatever you are making, it is good.” Because it is “purposeful” (OJB). And because someday we will be a finished work of art standing in his glorious presence.

    Thank you Liz.

  22. Lynda August 6, 2013 at 2:46 am #

    I have struggled with this verse for the past 2 years. I lost my husband to cancer,he was only 60. We had been married 33 years and blessed with 2 children and a grandchild. I feel robbed and find it hard to see how his death works in the “all things work together for good” not for him or us a family does this situation work for good. It is a difficult journey.

    • Liz Curtis Higgs August 6, 2013 at 8:19 am #

      Lynda, thank you for your honesty, and I am SO sorry to hear of your loss. Grieving absolutely IS a difficult journey. God’s Word assures us he will never leave us or forsake us. So, my prayer for you this day is a fresh awareness of God’s constant presence and his abundant love for you.

  23. Dianna Patterson August 6, 2013 at 2:54 am #

    Oh, how you hit the nail on the head, Liz! Always with a timely Word for us! I am grateful for the One Who is crazy about me and tells me I am his very favorite! Okay, so I’m one in a gazillion but isn’t that the truth?! B-) God works…and I trust–or I should say, it’s a lifetime learning curve! Thankyou soverymuch for this study. I am changed a little more into His likeness because of it! Blessings to you!!

  24. Linda H August 6, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Liz, thank you for allowing God to meet me today through a familiar verse in a totally new way. Nine months ago I began caring for my 88 year old mother. My life has become a “mess” trying to make everything right and please everyone. I have been thinking nothing will get better until this morning reading this verse. There is a purpose to my mess. God needs me to open up the door of my heart and let him in. He will make it right once again. He is trying to get my attention! I need to truly love Him with it all and stand out of His way so His glory will light my way!! Thanks aweome sister, you are amazing!

  25. La Vonda August 6, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    Thank you. I have always heard that God will not give me more than I can bear. It has been frustrating because I have hit myself over the head with this when I have been going through horrible things and I know it is only when I can break down and tell God how much I need His help that His presence becomes real to me and He really takes my yoke and helps me through. I forwarded this blog to my daughter. Her husband was being horribly mean to her daughter while she was at work and didn’t find out about it until the child was crying and she found her with a letter she had written and the 13 year old child was just waiting for everyone else to go to sleep so she could take all the pills in the house to kill herself. Thank God, she found her in in time to get her help. Her counselors have required her husband to leave the house.

    He now wants to come home and her church family is saying that my daughter should allow him to come as she is going against the Bible by putting her child before her husband. She wants to know if it is Biblical that she shouldn’t protect her child from her husband. She has gone to counseling with him and he refuses to change.

    Liz, any wisdom from you on this subject will be appreciated.
    Thank you, La Vonda

    • Liz Curtis Higgs August 6, 2013 at 10:34 am #

      La Vonda, I am not a certified counselor, nor do I have the wisdom of Solomon. But as a wife, a mother, and a woman who loves the Lord and his Word, I can say ABSOLUTELY that your daughter must protect her child. If her husband is refusing to change, then he is not following the biblical command given to husbands:
      “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” (Ephesians 5:25)
      “In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.” (Ephesians 5:28)
      “Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.” (Colossians 3:19)

      I don’t know if this man is the girl’s father, her step-father, or simply her mother’s husband, but God has a strong word for fathers as well:
      “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)

      I would strongly advise your daughter to seek the support of her counselor on this. The Lord–not any local church–is our ultimate authority. I trust she has her daughter in counseling as well, because she will certainly need that to move through such a traumatic experience.

      Lord Jesus, give this dear family your wisdom, discernment, and strength to do what must be done to protect this young girl’s heart, mind, and body. Thank you, Lord, for loving us so much.

      • Cathy Gross August 7, 2013 at 10:09 am #

        A God Fearing-Jesus loving-getting in the line of fire in Muslim countries- evangelist friend recently used the term “mean religion” in reference to some of the ideas churches support. A husband is to protect, nurture and sacrificially care for his wife and family. When he doesn’t, he breaks faith with his vows. We are given children with the absolute mandate that we protect them. Remember the scripture about the millstone around the neck , Luke 17:2…Jesus has a tender spot for children. Much later sin in life comes from the damage received as a child.
        So praise to your daughter for getting her daughter out of the line of fire and praise to the counselors for having back bone in this difficult situation. And praise to you for being a praying, caring mother and grandmother.I know I am fired up but please stand firm with your daughter. If need be, she can find another church home that will support her courage and fortitude. God bless you. He will indeed give you all the strength and guidance needed.I feel so deeply for you all.

        • La Vonda August 7, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

          Dear Liz & Cathy,
          Thank you for your compassion and prayers.
          This man is my granddaughter’s step father and she has been diagnosed by a psychiatrist with PTSD. According to the Dr. she will probably have to struggle with this all her life. She is a wonderful and loving child who loves the Lord and He will make a way for her. She is seeing a Christian Counselor.
          Again – thank you, La Vonda

  26. Desiree August 6, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    Thanks for this post Liz. I enjoy reading these each week. It means a lot to me that you take the time to break each verse down explaining what each term means. I am a very analitical person and this really speaks to me. Thanks for your guidance and love it comes through in your writing. 🙂

  27. Cathy Gross August 7, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    I simply do not know what I would do without the truth of this scripture.
    Life is tough and we all get beat up…but knowing He is in the middle of it all, that I will come out the better and He gets the glory…that is my truth.
    Thank you Liz…and for taking the time to respond to so many. it is a God given ministry and you do it well.

  28. Bonnie S. August 7, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have been asking pastors and Bible study leaders for YEARS to show me where it says “God does not give us more than we can handle.” No One has ever been able to and they always give me the verse you mentioned about temptation, which has nothing to do with giving us more than what we can handle. I always respond to them with, “It’s not in there.” And they have no answer because they really can’t find it. I appreciate you confirming that for me and what you said make the absolute best sense I’ve heard in the 35 years I’ve been a Christian. Again – Thank you!

  29. Brenda Dolweck August 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    I just saw you in Columbus OH this last weekend and hungered for more of God’s Word and I knew right where to come (also reading Bad Girls of The Bible, Awesome). You are a blessing! As is all the Women of Faith speakers. I’ve struggled with family problems for several years now and my soul is tired but knowing he is in control gives me peace. Usually I leave the conference filled with peace which I did to a point. But I left the conference with “unrest”. You see I’ve been praying for God for fix my problem. Last night I prayed for whatever the solution to my problem is “That the solution will glorify HIM” Please keep writing. We had a hundred women there and we all loved you very much!!! I BELIEVE! God’s Peace to you!!!!!

  30. em. August 16, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    Thank you so much for this post, Liz! You are such a precious gift to us all. And your insights are Spirit inspired.

    When I first saw the scripture this week, I thought of a friend who recently went through the agonizing loss of her daughter, who said, “if one more person quotes Romans 8:28 to me, I may just loose it”. I love honesty like hers, and I’m sure she’s not the only one who has thought this, or subsequently felt guilty for it afterwards. After leaving that time with her, the very next day I was with another friend who confessed she had been brutally assaulted. As she recounted the details, weeping in her confession, the words of my friend from the day before, gripped my heart. And instead of blurting out scripture trying to talk and encourage her right out of that pit of despair, I wept, and said how sorry I was that this happened to her… and we wept together for some time. After my friend left that day, I just thanked the Lord for all He had done to prepare that day. My friends’ heart break over deep loss, lead to an honest confession about what she really needs (praise God for her honesty!!) and does not need as encouragement. God was preparing me…. and the next day, in hearing my other friends’ story of assault and abuse, I was able to help by truly bearing her burden with her (true accountibility). God was in all of it, making a way, as He always does, no matter how many times I may forget. And I have had the privilege over the last 8 months to see how God DID WORK EVERYTHING TOGETHER FOR GOOD in BOTH of their lives. I have been there to weep and celebrate with both of these amazing survivor women. They both, already, have stories of redemption. And I have my own story of redemption too. I am a redeemed encourager, who knows the power of scripture both spoken, but more importantly, lived out. Does this make sense? If I know the scripture, great! But that does not always mean preaching it out whenever I see its applicability. Sometimes, I just need to let the truth of the scripture boost MY faith for a friend so that I can get under her burdens and bear them with her…

    Jesus did this so well. I pray I will grow down into this deeper and deeper.

    And you, Liz, and every woman brave enough to comment here are a part of that growth for every women who visits this place. So thank you. Your work is worth more than gold. Truly. Truly.

    So seeing this

  31. Kathy T. August 21, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    I love this scripture, it has always ministered to me. As I read the other comments I felt bad, there is so many that need help. A gentle smile, an extra hug, and prayer are so comforting. We can offer that encouragement, that’s what you do so well Liz, thank you!

  32. Karen S. August 21, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    Wow! God sure did reveal to me something very new when i re read this verse for the umpteenth time. When we were at the WOF conference in DC last weekend, we both saw and heard you, Liz, for the first time. Me and my bff, both identified so well with you and your testimony.
    At one point, she turned to me and asked if i’d ever been truly “called” into service by God. I thought so but wanted to be sure so i thought about it for a while. I eventually answered yes, but i wanted to know why i thought so. then a couple days later, i was at home and found a link to this blog of yours. First verse I saw was above, Romans 8:28. Yes, i’ve read it so many times before. But I did pray that God would reveal something new to me. Then HE DID! It was the answer to my bff’s question. The bible does indeed give us answers “beyond a shadow of a doubt” so that we may KNOW our purpose here and where we are going. It became so real to me this time reading it. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 The “who’s” in the verse can be replaces with my name or anyone’s name. AND it says toward the end, “WHO have been called…” Yes, we’ve all been called!! I’m sorry. I know now that it’s obvious but I just never caught it til now. I’ve been a Christian for a long long time now too. I am always learning though. Thanks for surrending to His “calling” Liz, and continually, faithfully ministering to us.

  33. Paula Gershoony October 8, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    I DO KNOW GOD IS GOOD. I KNOW HE LOVES ME. I KNOW AT THE END OF EACH TRIAL I have learned something to where I can say ah ha I get it GOD, I see why you have allowed me to endure this trial. BUT, I have been going through a trial now for over 15 years and it worsens every day, month, even year. I started having leg pain years ago just enough to feel it. Now 15 years later I am 44, and suffer with severe leg pain on a daily basis. It controls much of my life as far as going places, riding in a car too long, sleeping or should I say NOT SLEEPING! Daily activities, social life, activities with my 3 children, time with my husband, sadly at times even intamaticy with my wonderful patient husband. In fact I am on bed right now emailing this while suffering horribly today in pain. I do not share my pain freely out my front door. Close sisters in Christ know when I am in pain. They say they can see it on my face. I do my best to not hide it but not announce it. To press on and rely on the strength the LORD gives me. To try and see each moment as a blessing and pick blessings and joys out of each day and hide them in my heart to ponder on when I am in this kind of pain. I do take very strong meds for my pain. I just have to or I would not be able to live. But they just dull the pain. I still feel the pain, it at this point is about trying to manage the pain. I know God loves me. Oh how I LOVE Him. I live to try and please him. I have a very blessed life,
    marriage, kids, life is truly good. Except for the pain. I have tried to see what. GOD WANTS ME TO LEARN FROM MY PAIN. Yes, to rely on Him, trust in HIM. At times I just grow so weary. I have gotten every test there is…seen every doctor I can, and the true source of my pain is unknown. Except a test where they insert needles into the muscle in your legs. It showed pain, it showed the location of the pain and basically meters the pain but does not tell why you have the pain. Answer.. Yes you have leg pain but the test results show it is not from your back/spine. The pain originates from your legs. That’s my answer? Okay so doctors of the world can not help me. My help comes from the LORD. So will He heal me here on earth? OR WAIT TILL He takes me home ? I know there has been good from my pain. An example of living in chronic pain and still praising HIM and loving Him. Relying on Him..My children see daily. Pressing on through the pain to accomplish a task. HE GIVES ME MY STRENGTH. THANK YOU JESUS..But I do admit that I am weary and tired and want for Him to come. Not soon. NOW PLEASE LORD. I live, breathe,and trust JESUS. I AM JUST WEARY AT TIMES AND NEED CONTINUED PRAYER. PLEASE SISTERS REMEMBER ME IN YOUR PRAYERS.

    • Beth October 31, 2013 at 9:40 am #

      Paula, my heart goes out to you. I have friends who are in chronic pain and it is very hard to watch them suffer. Please know that I am praying for you, and I know that many others who are reading this blog will be praying for you too. May the Lord comfort you and give you His peace, that passes all understanding. I am also praying for His healing.


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