I’ve heard when you are faced with many challenges and feel under “attack” there is something big God is getting ready to do in your life.

I realized this after the wilderness season last summer, but I didn’t know this was also on the other side of a challenging one too.

Most, if not all of this season’s difficulties, have been areas totally out of my control. Unexpected vet appointments, home repairs on aged appliances, a traffic citation and a new project at work with no real direction mounted on me in a few short weeks.

It takes spiritual maturity and a deeper relationship with God to get to a place of stability, peace and trust during these times. As I go through more of what I consider “challenges”, not only does it strengthen my faith, but I learn more about the faithfulness of God.

He does provide and He does prevail.

I, like many of you, focus on the circumstance or lack of money in the account and feel a sense of stress, fear, and worry.

What I’ve been reminded of this summer is the reality of an enemy who knows me well. He is using his best aim to get me off track, and distracted, forgetting WHOSE I am and WHO I am.

It almost worked.

Walking through the hall one morning on the way into the office, one of our volunteers stopped me and handed me a card from his pocket.

Two words on the front and an image of teddy bears on the back.

“You Matter.”

So profound.

Not knowing this is what I wanted to hear.

I needed to hear.

We all need to matter. We all want to matter.

As I walked to work, tears flowed. The love of my God who knows me and wants me to know I matter.

Sometimes God wants to make sure you’ve heard him.

Traveling home a few days later, a car passed me and on the back on the windshield it said “YOU MATTER.”

Lift up your head. Look to the heavens. The God of the universe loves me and loves you. You may not think you matter to your boss, your friends or family, or to the work you are called to do, but you matter to God.

Truly, this is all that matters.

Ephesians 1:4-5 “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love, he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will”

For further study: http://www.faithgateway.com/you-matter-to-god/#.Wa1EPrpFzIU

Nicole Santapola

About Nicole Santapola

Nicole Santapola began her relationship with Christ after 30 years of religion being a mainstay in her upbringing. Experiencing a divorce, Nicole found herself a single woman leaning on God's promises and learning both His faithfulness and love. She calls Discovery Church home. She began attending in 2002 and through bible studies, women's events, and restoration counseling, she was baptized at East Campus in 2006. Nicole has a passion to share God's love and encouragement to others particularly in the area of health and wellness. She has followed holistic health and nutrition and through education and cooking classes, she teaches and shares this with others. She loves to cook and bake mostly plant-based dishes in her home and visit local vegetarian establishments. Her walk began with Romans 12:2, "Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind".

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