I’ve had two conversations recently, nudging me to pull out the writing that poured out of my heart during some of my most painful years. One of the conversations was earlier this week as we went over some details of an upcoming conference I was invited to speak at. She told me to make sure I bring my book (or books), and when she said “books” I felt it was the Holy Spirit speaking through her prophetically. ⁣

As I sat here this morning with my coffee and Jesus, I was prompted to pull out the file on my computer that stored those old pages of my journal. As I reflected back, I realized that one of the reasons I was able to move forward continuously, even when I felt like all of life was against me, was because I stayed connected to the Vine and believed God was doing something behind the scenes of my life. That while I was broken, hurting, and lonely, MY GOD had a good plan! While there were many nights I cried myself to sleep, there were many mornings I woke up with a joy and peace that I could not explain, and an excitement for what’s to come! ⁣

I never settled for what my circumstances said about a woman in my position. ⁣

I never let the statistics or the way the world would view me, hinder me from believing that GOD MADE ME FOR PURPOSE! ⁣

I had to choose on a daily bases to let my worth and value be defined by my Maker and not my education, not my social status, and not by my circumstances that were against me. ⁣

My God was for me! ⁣

I made decisions daily, to press in and hear what the Voice of God was saying to me, ignoring the outside voices and critical opinions that were flooding in. ⁣

And God continued to make a way, when there seemed to be no way. ⁣

He continued to protect and position me for what He had next. ⁣

As I listened to what He said, He would show me which steps to take. Those steps took me out of the ashes of life, and towards my destiny. ⁣

I’m saying this because this is our God! ⁣

This is a snapshot of what it looks like when life presses us hard, and we press into God harder! ⁣

If you are in a painful season, let the words of this short post encourage you to stand firm, press in, and hear what the voice of God wants to say to you. He is not finished. He is working all things out, and He has a good plan for your life! ⁣

Trust Him with it all! Victory and breakthrough IS coming! ♥️, J ⁣

Jillian Ahonen, Founder of J.A. Ministries, has a servants heart. After years of what felt like life boot camp, she felt called into full time ministry. With a mandate to reveal God’s heart through speaking and writing, she combines her transparent story-telling style and prophetic anointing to teach scriptural truths, with a mission to transform lives across the globe.

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