The Gift of Pain — 13 Comments

  1. Your honesty is refreshing and your vulnerability appreciated. It revealed the power of God in your life, and the power available to anyone willing to surrender their baggage for His lighter load. I love that you are so radically healed you are now willing to sacrifice image to point to only one, your savior, Jesus. That’s entirely beautiful.

  2. Great post, Brandie. I read something once, can’t remember where, but it said in order to give others the content of our heart, it needs to break first. How often I find truth in those words.

  3. Brandie, I loved this devotion. I can relate in so many ways. I, too, have lived with rejection in different times of my life. I, too, have been a people pleaser. I can relate to your statement, “My identity isn’t based on what people think about me anymore. It is based on what God thinks about me, and this makes all the difference.” When I first began speaking, I nearly fell apart before the session. I prayed, “Lord, they will think I have audacious nerve, I who have been such a sinner. What am I doing, speaking to them about God?” The Holy Spirit spoke to me quickly and strongly when He said, “They don’t define who you are in Me. I do!: That really freed me, and I thank my Lord Jesus Christ for defining who I am in Him. Thank you for sharing your story.

    • The freedom we experience when we realize our true identity, is wonderful, isn’t it? 🙂 Thank you for these words Evelyn!

  4. Hey Brandie, this is good advice. Thanks for giving it. Thanks for pointing out the spiritual perspective we gain when we experience pain, and how our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ suffered pain also, and rejection, so He knows how to help us through times in our life that are tough. Thank you very much sister! I love this devotion!

  5. Brandi thank you for your transparency in this post. I loved, “When we identify with the Lover of our souls who walks with us through life, and who never abandons us during even our toughest moments, we know even these agonizing moments He guided us through will become a blessing and a calling to minister.”

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