© Dr Grace Nichols
Struggles & Challenges or Growth
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Hi, welcome to flourish. I'm your host. Dr. Grace nickels. And today I want to talk with you about the key to our process, in life, the key to our process in life. When you think about a key, you think about access to a particular room. The key is what allows you to have access to a particular room. Now, what I'm going to talk with you today about is having access to the things that you want in life.
Sometimes struggles and challenges are exactly what we need to grow in our lives. Those are the keys to accessing the things that we want in life. Before we go there. Let's just think about a moment for moment, my journey, I want to share my journey with you. My journey. Actually I started with Mikey which is what gives me access to everything. I need in life.
Mikey is what I like to call my Arsenal. What I go to when I am challenge with things that I can't handle my prayer, Journey began. When I realized that there were things, I had no control over. And there were things that only God should have the ultimate control for my life, for my family, for my dreams, for my hopes and for my aspirations, you know, those were two portant to me just to leave to chance. So I needed to partner with God so that he would be in the driver's seat of my journey through life. He would be the one to give me the key that I needed to unlock the very important doors that I needed for that moment for that day for that.
Challenge for that impossible situation in my life and I pray that you will begin this excite, exciting Journey today, and that you would happen to understanding, what your key is, what your primary key is in life.
So I'm really at an early age, understood the importance of entrusting, my life in God's capable hands, you know God changes caterpillars into beautiful butterflies.
Saying it's a pearls holes into diamonds using time and pressure.
And you know what? He's working on you right now. Yes, you might be in a pressure cooker or you might feel like your back is up against the wall or you might feel like you're in one of those situations that the pressure is just building and you don't know where that release is going to come. Listen, you can also tap into that important key in your life. Let me share with you the story of a beautiful butterfly.
One, beautiful, sunny afternoon, a young girl was taking a stroll around her garden when she noticed a cocoon of a butterfly on a leaf.
Thrilled to see this amazing transformation of nature. She sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force. Its body through a little hole in its cocoon.
After a while, the butterfly seems to stop making progress. It was struggling so hard to get out.
It looks like it's couldn't break free.
It looked desperate, it appeared as if it is gone as far as it could go and it could go, no further.
A kind-hearted girl decided to help the butterfly. She got up here, scissors and sweet. The Cocoon to make a larger opening for the butterfly.
The butterfly came out easily without any struggle.
But unlike the other butterflies in the garden, it had a swollen body with small withered Wings. The girl was happy, but she made a butterfly come out. Its cocoon without much struggle. She continued to watch the butterfly expecting that at any moment. The wings would try out in large expand to support the swollen body, which would contract in time.
Unfortunately, neither its wings expanded nor the swollen body reduced, the butterfly crawled around with shriveled wings and swollen body, never able to fly all through its life.
Although the intention was good, the young girl hinder, the growth of a butterfly, the continuous effort from the butterfly to come out of its cocoon, would force out the fluids stored in the body to convert it into the wings with a. But the girl in haste to help the butterfly. I did not understand. Was that the restricting cocoon. And the struggle were the key?
It was the key for the butterflies, beautiful body, and wings.
Sometimes struggle and challenges are exactly what we need in our lives to grow.
Like the struggle to get out of the Cocoon gifts the butterfly. Its beautiful Wings struggles in our lives. Make us stronger. Gives us wings to fly.
The beautiful butterfly goes through a process as we do when we pray. Yes, prayer is the key to the process in life. It is the key that I have found to be my process in my life.
Without prayer. We're just like that butterfly with a swollen body, never able to fly all through our life.
I know for me, as a young girl. Yeah, I was always brought up in church. My mom is introduced us to God at an early age. And I'm so thankful for her. I showing me the way so that I could tap into the key for my life. So I know the questions that I've had was, when should I pray? When should I exercise? My key? Should I pray? How should I access my key? And why should I pray? Why should I use my key for me? All those questions are important but there is much flexibility and how we do all of the above. It's so much but stability and how we use the key that we are given in life.
I believe the only inflexible part is how often we should use our key or how often we should pray. God gives us specific instructions and directions through his word. These are our instructions for life, in the word of God.
It was specific. It says, man. And, you know, if you know anything about when we read the Bible, most of times we seen men, but we have to understand that this is applicable for women. So when you see, man, you can literally apply yourself. If you're a woman. If you're a young girl, you can put yourself right in that position. If you're a toddler teenager, you know, young adult. You can put yourself in that situation. You can even make it personal, you can put your name right there and say, you know, if your name is John or Sally,
Valley Auto always pray and not faint. John ought to always pray and not faint. How often should we pray? Always. So the key to being able to unlock any impossible door in your life is that word? Always always pray. Always use your key. If you're trying to get anywhere, unlock a door, get from one room to another room, get into, you know, your possession, your house, your territory. That is the key is always try your key to see. If that's going to give you access to get where you need to take out the prayers of the righteous availeth much. But there are prerequisites. When you pray, you've got to make sure
That your life is in accordance to what gives you the authority to use that key prayer. For one. Another begins with our loved ones and then extend out to everyone, God brings into our lives. Sometimes I find myself praying for whoever got lazy, heart that day, which includes someone that I might be aware of, that might be sick and might be a co-worker. It might be a church leader, or it might be a church member of a family member. Those that are special to me or those that I might just have met or maybe someone that God laid on my heart that day. I usually will allow myself to be guided as to how to use my key to access.
Unlock door for somebody in their particular struggle or challenge in life. I love James chapter 5 and 16. It says pray for one another that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Our prayers will produce powerful results. When we pray our prayers with from produce even more powerful results. When we pray much. When we pray often in my mind, this means every day. Several times a day exercising discipline. Our prayers should be structured and directed by God. Meaning, he knows what we need before we even ask, he knows the process that it's going to take. And so she will be the one to guide us as we block out the
World block out the things that are going on in our lives, that seems to take up our time and allow us not to spend that time to meditate and to focus. And to be attention to discipline and to really begin to tap into what it is that we need to Target with our prayers, that which we need to use our at that moment to get through that impossible.
Dor meaning as God shows us what to pray for. We pray, so that I'll eyes and the lives of our loved ones will line up with God's. Perfect will not permit. Civ will not let you know, maybe we'll but that perfect will and plan for their lives.
Some prayers are not going to be answered right away. So as we pray, as we use our keys, we must make the commitment to remain consistent, and to be persistent. And pray. Remember earlier, I said that the key to unlocking impossible doors is always praying always exercising, what we have the authority, God the authority that God has given us to use the key that he's given us to unlock those impossible doors and understand that it might be a process. There will have to be a lifetime commitment. I don't know about you but I am. I am committed even sometimes when I'm walking going about my day, cooking, cleaning getting ready.
For my assignment, for the day, working preparing, for whatever it is that I have to do. I find myself exercising that powerful. I keep that weapon that I have been. Given in my mind. I am praying. I am seeking God talking with them. It's, you know, something that I had the privilege to do. I don't have to wait until I get an appointment. I can exercise that key anytime of the day, anywhere. I am and receive results. Even if it's something that I am praying for, that's going to be answered later.
So today I would encourage you to exercise that key encourage others, that, you know, that might not be aware of the fact that they can, you know, have a conversation with god and just, you know, have been peace of mind to know that you have shared with on your heart. The things that you can't do and and trust your life, your circumstances. You are impossible situations, your challenges into God's capable hands because just like that butterfly. You might be going through that process. It might be painful. It might be uncomfortable but it is a part of what's going to allow you to feel, no pain. No. Gain is going to allow you to access those bigger and greater things in your life. It only comes through going through that painful process.
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