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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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HavingHope5 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Okay, so an update on what is going on in my life.

Jacob is very serious about me. But I just want to put this in God's hands. I want to be sure this is part of his plan. Please pray for my patience with Jacob, he was very forward with me yesterday, touching me and I never had a guy touch me before. This is all new to me so please pray for that.

And my best friend officially changed her name and now next is her gender. Prayers are still appreciated! I want her to wake up and realize what she is doing will scar her for life! :(

Thanks and God Bless you!!!!
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HavingHope5 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hello, so an update on what God has been doing in my life.

First off, things did not work out with Riley back in Feb, and I am totally okay with that. I know that God has someone better out there for me!

Well, I thought it was Paul, but he is more interested in school then settling down. Most of the time I don't understand why God put these guys into my life and nothing happens. I feel like its a total waste of my time and I feel more discouraged.

But, I prayed about it and told God, "Okay, all I ask is a guy that is ready to settle down. I just pray that you just bring me my future husband when you are ready, Lord." And then I just left it up to him.

I was actually going to go back and try Christian Mingle this weekend, but something amazing happened. Praise God!

I was going to my weekly class at church last night and I was sitting alone on a couch, waiting for my church class to start. Then this young guy walks in and decides to sit next to me. It was a little awkward for me. I was on my phone and he tries to start a conversation with me.

After several minutes we really hit it off! His name is Jacob and he is a year older than me. He just came back from the military. He was in the air force for probably four years. And I believe that God sent him to me.

I wonder if God sent him into that room for a reason and it was to meet me. I know that God can do anything by this point. Now all I can do is pray that God blesses this into a relationship hopefully in a couple of weeks. All I pray right now is that God will hopefully get him to ask me out on a date this weekend. I want this relationship to blossom just as much as he does.\

Pray for my trust in God. I know that anything can happen in just two-three weeks. 

Thank you for your time and God bless you!

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HavingHope5 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hey there, a little update on my life.

First off, I prayed and prayed about my relationship with Riley, but it still isn't working out. He isn't showing any interest in me and he is too busy with school and will be there for another year. I prayed to God on what I should do and he brought me Paul.

A new boy that just moved into my town. He is very handsome and he doesn't know anybody. I prayed about this over and over since Sunday when I saw him last, and I have this amazing feeling he is totally my future husband.

Sometimes things don't work out, and I am okay with that, I know its because God has something better out there for me. I am blessed and I will do anything to win Paul's heart.

Since he doesn't know anyone, I know it will be easier for me to start a conversation with him. Please pray that I can do this. Sometimes when I meet a guy or someone, I don't know how to start a conversation with that person. Please pray that I can have confidence and don't make a fool out of myself.

Still pray for my patience, for I still don't have any patience at all.

I'm much happier now and I know my life will get better with time. It makes me happy that its a big possibility that I will be engaged by fall and married by next summer.

Also please pray that he comes to the college group on Sundays. It will be a boost of our relationship if I see him more often and talk to him often/

Thank you and God bless you. :)
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GoldenBreed Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I will continue to pray for you & the requests you've mentioned.
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HavingHope5 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thank you. God bless you :)
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HavingHope5 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Happy New Year! I wanted to share some things I decided to do for 2015.

First off, Riley entered my life again and I'm wondering if God is giving me a hint of some kind. He is off at school and while he is away, God thought it would be time to test my patience and NOT rush anything with Riley. He has schooling to finish and so do I. 

And when he comes back in the summer, I'm asking prayer for my confidence. I want to have confidence to talk to Riley more and get rid of this shyness. I really like him and I want to start a friendship and see if it will blossom into a romance and maybe possibly a marriage.

I'm much happier in my life now, but I still need prayer for patience. Pray for me to try to keep busy and not rush anything, because I notice it does get me into trouble. Please pray to help me to take things slow about all of this. Thank you. And God bless you.:)
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HavingHope5 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hello, I wanted to update all the things that are going on in my life plus some new prayer requests I wanted to share.

First off, my best friend still needs serious prayer, she lied to me when she said she turned back to the Lord. I'm still scared for her life as she is still trying to consider changing her gender to a male. I'm still on my knees crying out to God to help her. I wanted to tell you  more about this so more people will consider praying for her. She needs so much love and support. She needs a lot of help. Please continue to pray for her if you don't know about this already, I shared this back in November when I saw on her Facebook post she was still considering changing her gender to a male. I still believe that God can help her and I know for certain she is still demon possessed and stuck in Satan's shadow.

Second prayer request is, I'm still struggling with what God is doing in my life. I believe that Satan tricked me three times and the dream I had from my future husband was not from God and I'm upset why Satan keeps interfering with God's plans. I'm even more upset because I feel like when I ask any of my friends to help me with this or when I want them to introduce me, they ignore me or say they don't know anybody. I've asked my college group friends from my church and its a big church and they know pretty much everybody, but they said there was nobody they could introduce me too. Its very frustrating. So I've decided to try Christian Mingle in January and I hope it works out. If nobody wants to help me, then this is something I must do. I prayed and asked God what I should do and he showed me Christian Mingle. He wants me to try it out soon. Pray that it goes well and that I will FINALLY find my future husband. Thank you for your time.

I have two new prayer requests I want to share. First of all, my grandmother passed away about two weeks ago from Alzheimer's and my family has been having a hard time wit this, especially my poor mother, she is the only child and its tough for her to be dealing with this and my negative grandfather. Pray for him as well, he has been having a hard time, especially with Christmas coming and all. Pray for my whole family during this pain and suffering. Thank you.

Then my second prayer request is for another friend of mine, her name is Morgan and she's a year older than me. Pray for her and her husband James because, after finishing high school, they rushed into marriage and they are not going to college. they have a year and half baby girl named Ella and she is pregnant with #2. She and James live at her parent's house with her mom, dad, and little brother and sister, so its pretty crowded at that house. I want to pray for them because they have no college degrees, can hardly afford anything and James lost two jobs during his marriage with Morgan while she was pregnant with Ella in 2012. I want to pray for their financial issues. James has a job, but it doesn't pay very much and Morgan's parents pay for almost everything for them, including Ella. Please pray for them. Morgan doesn't seem to realize the consequences she will face or has already face. She doesn't quite understand and I really feel bad for her. Thank you for your time and God bless and have a Merry Christmas! :) 
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GoldenBreed Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They will be in my prayers. But I must insist for the time being a you wait patiently to continue to pray to God and trust that He will answer prayers. In Philippians 4:6-7 it says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Notice how it explains that when you pray you will find peace not when you receive a specific answer to your prayers. So trust God during this difficult time. Also devout yourself to scripture reading. And if possible, join a discipleship that will help you grow in the Lord and gain encouragement. By being with more mature Christians they will help you distinguish what comes from God and what doesn't. Tell them your concerns and problems you are facing. God bless you and Merry Christmas.
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HavingHope5 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
My best friend lied to me when she said that she turned back to the Lord. I'm scared for her life, she is still considering changing her gender into a male. :'( Please she needs all the prayers she could get to stop her from doing this. I also believe that she is somehow demon possessed. She is in Satan's shadow and I don't know what to do. All I can do is pray and hope that God will help her through this. Thank you for your time. 
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