Have you ever felt as though you are being stretched beyond your limit?! Anymore and you just might fall apart. A stretched life is painful. Each time your left wondering if you can take anymore. 

There is always a hopeful side to every situation friends. If you feel like you’re about to give up – let me encourage you – DON’T!

We will experience times that we feel our faith, and patience is tested to its capacity. There is purpose in that uncomfortable position.

Rest in these truths:

“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:6-7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

 When we persevere, we are displaying genuine faith. We are giving the world hope! People will see that our faith rests on the powerful name of Jesus. Through these acts, Jesus is being revealed to the world. 

“because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James‬ ‭1:3-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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We always have a choice. We can either choose to stay and believe that peace will come, or we can give up and still be facing the same issues with no peace or hope. 

 Each testing of our faith is an opportunity for us to grow stronger. Stronger in our faith. Stronger in our walk with Him. We become dependent on our Lord – and since He holds the world in His hand – we begin to trust that He has all things under control. We become mature, lacking nothing, because we have become complete in Christ. 

There is no faith, a person has now, that didn’t begin with fear. There is no strength, that didn’t begin with weakness. There is no hope, that didn’t begin with hopelessness. Each began as a negative – but, with perseverance and faith, all have been turned into positive, powerful attributes. 

Have you realized that there are NO verses in the Bible that tell us that following Jesus is gonna make your life easier?! In fact we are told the exact opposite. 

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Jesus didn’t hold back from telling us that we, WILL have trouble in this life. In times of testing, it’s important that we remember, Jesus instructed us to take heart – be ready — find our peace in Him. Friend there is no hurt, fear or confused emotion we can’t take to Jesus and replace for His peace. 

Quiet time and prayer is the only way we can receive His peace. We must keep anxiety out of our hearts and minds. We are not meant to carry the weight of it. Anxiety = fear. When fear grips our hearts we begin to feel that God can’t and/or won’t. Learning to trust in Gods timing is necessary for our growth as well. 

God is an on time God. His timing is always perfect. Because, He sees further into our days, than what we could possibly see. Since everything has a purpose, all those stretched moments of life unfold into a beautiful picture – displaying Gods goodness and His power, and how He works all things for our good. The only thing that will blur our vision of this beautiful picture is our selfish needs. Our own wants. We can be our worst enemy. If we take our eyes off ourselves for a moment, and place them on Jesus – we can get a glimpse of the beauty He’s unfolding with these good and bad days. 

Change your perspective! 

My prayer is that through your stretching season, you will come out refined. Stronger than ever, with a new perspective on life. 

Wear those yoga pants loud and proud. Jesus is your instructor. 

Rest in Him friend,

With love,

Rosie Hernandez 



We are all created uniquely. Even identical twins have their differences. Our finger prints are different. Our smiles are different. I can go on and on about our differences. Though we are created uniquely, we can find that we share similarities with others. That’s the fun part about embracing each other. We find our similarities and we enjoy our circle of friends. We begin to empower one another. We lock arms and we stand together.

What do we do when differences cause tension and conflict??? 

I have learned that there are two things that generally separate women and the church for that matter.

1) An offense.  

An offense can take place in the church when someone has either brought correction or direction to you. We either feel that the person(s) is out of line or have wronged us in some way.

God has placed people over our lives for direction. I can’t urge you enough, that prayer is so important when it comes to dealing with offenses. We must learn to trust that God is always in control, He is working behind the scene even when we don’t feel that He is.

“A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭19:11‬ ‭NIV

Gods word will not lead us astray. Sometimes, overlooking is not easy; but Gods word says that it is to OUR glory that we do. Why? Because, we will benefit from it! We will be at peace with others, and at peace with God. We must understand that God desires we unite with each other, through the obstacles of life — we shouldn’t allow an offense to cause disconnection in the body of Christ.

“Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭17:9‬ ‭NIV 

Holding onto offenses will not only hurt you, but it hurts the body of Christ (the church). If we are not careful we’ll find ourselves looking for someone to share our issues with. Someone who may have had issues with the same person who offended us. What was supposed to be “venting to a friend” can become gossip. Clicks begin to form, words are exchanged with others about hurts, and/or complaints and in the end; friends become separated. Leaving the church divided, rather than being unified.

If our hearts are not covered in Gods love and grace, we won’t be able to overlook an offense, or forgive someone for hurting us. Those uncharted territories will only hurt the church, rather, than build it up.

“LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.” Psalm‬ ‭30:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

True healing will only come from time spent with God. He’s the one we should go to FIRST for any kind of emotional issues in our lives. Our emotions can be misleading when they’re not lead by the Holy Spirit.

2) Competitiveness. 

There is a difference between admiring someone, and trying to be better than them. 

The only person you should want to compete with – is who you were yesterday. Trying to be a better you should be our goal as a follower of Christ.

Competitiveness comes from the inability to be happy for someone. We become intimidated that someone can be better than us; rather, than celebrating who God has created them to be. Because of insecurities, we can hold them back from flourishing into the Woman (or man) God created. This effects the spiritual growth of a person, and ultimately the church. 

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky” ‭Philippians‬ ‭2:14-15‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Having the ability to be happy for others will cause you to shine bright. Bringing glory to our Father in heaven and strengthening the church for those, that the Holy Spirit draws in. 

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians‬ ‭2:3-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Let me be real for a moment; I have struggled in both of these areas. I have felt the darkness overshadow me from these issues. It left me unhappy – not only in my church, but in my home and even in my workplace. Not until I sought the Lords strong hand, was I able to overcome this battle. There is TRUE freedom in Christ my friends!

Much of my growing as a person has come from mistakes. I have made countless mistakes, BUT, I have grown in many areas because of them. Im thankful for every woman who didn’t hold back from telling me, what I was doing wrong. I can’t help but think – “where would I be in my walk with God if it wasn’t for those women guiding me and sharing the hard truths with me?!”

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”‭‭ Proverbs‬ ‭27:17‬ ‭NIV

To often, we overlook the importance of this scripture; as iron sharpens, there will be sparks shooting out. So as is – in the church or around you need I say, we will experience the sparks with those around us. But if we allow ourselves to grow through them, we will come out stronger. Stronger as the body of Christ. Stronger as a people in this world. 

Just last week we celebrated International Women’s Day. Women were embracing those around them, along with their own strengths and femininity. I did too! But, don’t forget to be a woman who isn’t intimidated to see God use those around you. Be a woman with integrity and humility! Celebrate those around you – not only those in your “circle”. Be of good cheer! God has great plans for you friend! Praying you see your strength and ability to walk into Gods design for your life – free of intimidation and fear.

I am woman – hear me roar! 🦁

Rest in Him friend,

With love,

Rosie Hernandez