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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Blessed (10/11/12)

TITLE: Highly Favored in the Refinement Process
By Chrystlyn Edwards


What is the true meaning of “blessed”?
The definition, according to Webster’s Dictionary is:
“Enjoying happiness or bliss; favored with blessings; happy; highly favored.”
Jesus gave the true, Biblical meaning of the word The Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-12 in The Sermon on the Mount.
My interpretation of the word and this Scripture is being a well-rounded person with their life in order and in line with the will of God; while seeking His Presence & trusting He will answer our prayers beyond our expectations (Matthew 6:33).
I have learned being blessed is not based on materialism and external circumstances; but on contentment and internal peace in the midst of chaos, while blossoming where He has chosen to plant me.
This past year has been a difficult one for me-personally & professionally. To be honest, I am ready for it to be over. My faith in Him has been shaken to my core; but I still choose to believe He has better days ahead for me in His Sovereign plan for my life (Jeremiah 29:11). He has answered prayers very close to my heart in unexpected ways and with a waiting process.
As I wait, He has me going through a refining process. However, I am comforted by the fact that I am in His Will even when it is difficult to move forward. In this process, I am experiencing His Provision in the midst of tough circumstances & how to be content in the process. He has reminded me He knows my heart and is interested in transforming it to be more like His heart. With this reminder, He has shown me what He saw in my heart. Needless to say, it was not pretty. I have chosen to surrender to His Will to transform my heart to be like His. With this transformation, He will get the Glory He deserves through me, as changes my circumstances.
I have hope in God and choose to believe He is doing a new thing in me. I am not where I want to be at this point in my life, but I know I am where I need to be. I have so much to be thankful for, especially my salvation in Him. Even as I go through this refining process, I still choose to believe and say I am blessed by Him because I know when it is all said and done, I will come forth as gold (Job 23:10).

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Colin Swann10/19/12
A very meaningful testimony-type devotional article. Yes, the Lord is with us in the valleys - thanks for sharing this and reminding us to hang on in there in rough times. Thanks!

Colin (Gold Member)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/19/12
This is a lovely testimonial. My heart hurts that this year has been tough for you and I bowed my head and prayed that God will give you the strength that you need.

The one thing I would suggest is to double space between paragraphs to give the reader white space.

I admire your courage to share the intimate thoughts in your mind. Keep writing for God does have great plans for you and your words will touch many people. Good job.
Janice Wappel10/20/12
Thanks for sharing your heart with us...sorry it has been a tough year but sounds like you have learned to trust God with your cares.

God Bless
lynn gipson 10/21/12
"I choose to believe He has better days ahead for me" Thank you so much and Amen! Keep the faith and keep writing. Great Job!
C D Swanson 10/24/12
Thank you so much for sharing your personal thoughts, struggles and journey with God as He has continues to do an inner working on you.

This was moving, touching and totally on topic. Wonderful job. May the Lord continue to guide you and hold you in His arms while showering you with His love.

God bless~