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• I enjoyed my childhood, growing up in Puerto Rico. I would always have fun and do crazy things. I often got into trouble and broke a lot of valuables. But I’m sure none of you got into trouble and did insane things as a kid. When I was a kid, I would love spending time with my sister, mother, and father.
• Sometimes my father would take me and my sister to parks and sometimes we would get some ice cream. My dad owned a garden shop so I would regularly go with him to work and play around the different plants he had.
• After a while my little brother was born. Our family seemed to be blessed and filled with joy.
• However, a few months after my brother’s birth, I noticed something unusual. Dad hadn’t been home in a while. “Where was he?”
• My mom tried to keep us occupied during that week so we wouldn’t be concerned about his absence, but soon after she told us that our dad was killed in a car accident.
• My sister and I were shocked! Imagine hearing that suddenly you no longer have a dad. What do you think that does to a child?
• My mom was all alone now with three kids in Puerto Rico with no close relatives nearby. How would she deal with this? How do you think she should have dealt with such a loss?
• We all wondered, “Why had this happened!?” I’m sure she had to work really hard to provide for us and she had to work twice as hard to keep us disciplined (especially me since I was a wild child).
• “So what were we to do now?” “Why is this happening?”

Isn’t it kind of hard to view everything in an optimistic view during the problems we face? I’m sure each of you have had your fair share of hardships. Maybe your parents are divorced. Maybe someone close to you has recently passed away. Maybe you may feel overwhelmed and overworked. We’ve all confronted struggles whether we are preschoolers, teenagers, professors, or engineers. This isn’t a secret: we all deal with hardships. And sometimes it feels like we go through more bad times than good. So is there really a purpose behind all these hard times? “I’m so tired.” “I’m overworked.” Now I’m not trying to make you feel hopeless or defeated. In reality, I hope that I’ll be able to help you be filled with hope, joy, and strength by the end of this message. However, I’ve discovered the only way to keep positive attitude is by realizing that everything has a purpose.

When we look around at the world, we can tell that everything is far too complex to be just a random occurrence or an amazing mistake. I believe it takes a lot of faith and a bit of stupidity to think there is no God. From all of our specialized body parts to our cells and from our living cells to our intricate DNA, we can tell there is, in fact, a God. From each different species of animal to the water cycle, from trees inhaling carbon dioxide which humans exhale to humans inhaling the oxygen which the trees exhale, we can understand that there is a God. Psalms 19: 1 tell us, “The heavens declare the glory of God”! We know God is alive and real and very present with us. So we can know without a doubt that we are not random beings formed from a big bang! We were created on purpose for a special purpose by the Creator Himself. Each of us were created by God to fulfill His purpose in a unique way. The same way we have purpose in life, everything around us has a purpose. Water has a purpose (we need in order to survive since 60% of our body is made up of water), trees have a purpose (to provide needed oxygen to the world around them), the chairs we sit on have a purpose, our struggles have a purpose and yes, even death has a special purpose. And God helps each thing complete its purpose. He oversees creation as the sovereign ruler who’s in control of everything.
I’m sure it’s not hard to believe that we have a God-given purpose. But how can struggles have a purpose. You might say, “Yeah I know the purpose of struggles… they’re only there to make my life a whole lot harder!” And when we face struggles we just want to give up or call a quits. After all, I’m sure we’d all rather be playing outside, or watching T.V., or hanging out with friends… However, in the real world, life doesn’t work that way. Life is tough and we going to be confronted with difficult situations.  But I’m here to tell you there’s a purpose behind those hard times. Don’t we learn from these struggles? Don’t we learn from those experiences? I know I do. I constantly learn how to be more self-controlled, or patient, or loving, or thankful when bad things happen to me. We need to be reminded why we’re confronted by these circumstances— to learn and grow wiser and smarter.

In the book of Romans, Paul provides us with many truths about God. He also spoke about different topics; one of those topics was suffering. When we read about Paul, we know he faced many struggles during his life. It seems he probably suffered more as a Christian than when he was a non-believer. So he knows a lot about suffering. In Romans 8, he writes, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” –Romans 8: 18 (NKJV). Paul tell us that he is not concerned about all the suffering he is going through. But why does Paul feel this way? He feels this way because of what is to come after this life. He was willing to suffer (even to the point of death) for what was to come after he died!  His hope was placed in the fact that he would be in the presence of God after he left this earth. I think suffering for 40 years, 60 years, or even 100 years on earth is worth eternity a new body, a new name, and a relationship with Jesus Christ in heaven, don’t you? If you think this suffering is worth it “Prepare your minds for action, and be sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”-1 Peter 1:13 (ESV). Our lives are filled with purpose and direction! Put differently, Psalms 71 shows who our hope is, “For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth. –Psalms 71:5 (NKJV). Not only is our hope placed on Jesus’s grace and His promise that we will be with Him in eternity, but it also placed on God Himself!

Romans 8: 24 insists that “…we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” (NKJV). So as we rest in the hope that Jesus’s gives us, we can live a purpose-filled life. Regardless of the situation— that final exam, the surgery you’re about to have, or the loss of a family member “…we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” –Romans 8:28 (NKJV).
Paul knew God had placed him on this earth for a reason. But what about you? Are you going the direction God is leading you to? Are you allowing God and His Word, the Bible, to lead you? Or are you only living for yourself? Ask yourself, “How are you fulfilling your God-given purpose?”

Suffering will come, but when it does come your way, see it as a learning opportunity that will help you fulfill your life calling, your God-given purpose. I’m thankful that even before my father died, my mother loved God and followed Him. And as we grieved over my dad’s death, she told me that there God has a specific purpose for why things happen. From this time on, I constantly asked myself “What is my purpose in life? Why am I here on this earth?” But I know the answer: God had placed me on earth to tell others about His love and how He cares for us and watches over us even when we suffer and struggle in life. So when I look back at all the things I’ve had to overcome and go through, I know God had a reason behind them all.

God has done so much for us and He blesses us greatly. He has forgiven our sins, delivered us from evil, allowed us to become His children, provided the gift of life, and His given us the assurance of spending an eternity with Him after we pass away. He has given us a special hope that only can be found in Him. We know our faith is based on Jesus’s birth, His sacrificial death, and His resurrection, and our hope is also upon Christ— on His return to reclaim those who have trusted in Him! Don’t ever forget whenever you are dealing with a hardship or a struggle “God is working all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.” –Romans 8:28 (My paraphrased version)
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wabi777's- Mother is feeling much better and his father as a job now, so there family is doing better now

Debi- The girl who we have been praying for as been still fighting, but she has a joy and love in her heart. She displays with the people she's with and she continues to be strengthen by God

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:iconcheyluvsu03:- is asking for us to pray for her and her friend and that God would allow them to fix their friendship/ she also asks for us to pray for her to be drawn to God

:iconhavinghope5: - asks for us to pray for her and that God would help her in her life; also so pray for her best friend and her mother

:iconwabi777: -Let us pray for him and his family

:icontherafflesia: has mentioned:
There is a ten-year old girl in our town, called Debi, who is fighting against a really cruel and a serious illness: bone cancer. Let us pray for this child and their needs. Let us also pray for this family.

:iconfunny-fox:- grandfather has been having problems with his memories/ Let us pray for him and the rest of the family.

Pray for :iconmythicsonofgod:- having personal problems that they are dealing with and they need our awesome God to provide and deliver them for their problems.

So please help US pray for these requests and Thank you for your time. God Bless you!

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HavingHope5 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hi I have a couple of prayer requests.

Please keep praying for Jacob, its annoying me so much how he is confused about his life. And my mother and I talked about it and I'm pretty sure what he is doing is courting me. I am very old fashioned and I know he is.

Just keep on praying for his life and that he can get his life together, Thank you. :)
HavingHope5 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Filmographer
Keep praying for my best friend and her mom. I pray that God will bring them closer to him. And pray that I have patience with my best friend as she is struggling with her transgender obsession.

And I pray for my best friend, Danielle that she would bring her boyfriend to the Lord. He is not a Christian and he made her do things that are not in the eyes of the Lord. She accidentally had sex with him before marriage and all she feels is regret. I pray that God forgives her for her mistakes and I pray for my best friend, Mackenzie who is also her cousin, that they talk it out and try to understand why Danielle is dating a horrible man.

I pray for Mackenzie because she has had broken relationships in her family and has a hard time trusting men. Her mother and sister got divorced and now it hurts her seeing what her poor cousin is going through. Please pray for Mackenzie that she can overcome her grief and learn slowly to trust people again. 
HavingHope5 Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  Hobbyist Filmographer
And please continue to pray for my friend, Morgan. Her life is chaos, being a mom of two children under 3 and has no college degree and when her husband James has no college degree and has a job that doesn't pay very much money. Money is tight for both of them and I pray that their financial issues are taken care of.

Please pray for James that he gets a better job that pays good money so he can support Morgan, Ella and Ezra.

And please pray that Morgan and I restore our friendship. Please pray that she has the heart to forgive me for the cruel things I did to her or the things I said to her behind her back. I was not very nice to her and I regret that. Please pray that I can forgive myself and learn to be a good friend to Morgan. I know that she will also have a hard time trusting me. I pray that she not only forgives me, but trusts me in return as well. 

Thank you for reading all of these prayer requests. God bless you all :)
HavingHope5 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hi I saw the movie, War Room and it was a very good movie. It really teaches us we need to have more time alone with God. And having a prayer room in our own house is very important. Even if its your own closet. :)
HavingHope5 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
I think more people should go see it! I encourage people to go see it! It will change your life, trust me! :)
HavingHope5 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Please pray for my boyfriend, he says that we should be friends until he gets his life straightened out. Please pray for his life and for his confusion.

Please pray that God can make his life clear again. And he called me his life partner.

Please just pray for him and his life and his attitude. And I don't care what he says, he is still my boyfriend. Just help me pray for me to be there for him. Thank you :)
HavingHope5 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
And please keep praying for my best friend and her mother. I don't know what is going on with her mother, but please keep her in your prayers.

And keep praying for my best friend and her 'transgender crap' she is going through in her life.

Thank you. :)
HavingHope5 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
And I have another prayer request, please keep praying over my friend Morgan and her life.

I also pray that we can forgive each other. I didn't treat her nicely and she probably doesn't trust me.

Please pray that we can work things out and become friends again.

Thanks :)
HavingHope5 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Please pray for me and Jacob. We are now in somewhat of a relationship and he met my family this past weekend. And since he is my first boyfriend, its hard putting him first.

Please help me be a good girlfriend to him. Please help me to remember to text him daily, even if its just a random 'hello' text to him. I'm really bad at remembering to text people.

And please pray that we can be more serious about each other too. Thank you for your time.

God bless you :)
HavingHope5 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
God answered my prayers and soon Jacob and I will start a relationship soon. I pray that we take it slow and focus it on God.

I still pray for my best friend and I don't know what is going on in her life now with the transgender thing she's been struggling with, but please continue to pray for her. Thank you :)
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