SPIRITUALITY One Door Closed, God Opened Another by Donnetta Austin At some point in our lives we’ve all been face to face with the truth of knowing that all things must come to an end. The beginning stages or process of where you start is not always easy. You may go through some high and low moments but, how you finish or bring closure to an end is an accomplishment. When you are able to remain standing through any race, storm, or trial that comes against you in life, God is smiling. You let faith step in and conquer over the battle. God has created us to fellowship with Himself and others. However, we are human and sometimes make unwise decisions or choices which can cause adversity. Proverbs 27:17 says, As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. Ask yourself; is the relationship or friendship a liability or an asset? Don’t miss out on your purpose that God is trying to take you to. The outcome of where you are headed should be producing good fruit. As an example: I think about the story of Naomi and Ruth in the Bible. Ruth chapter 1-4 Naomi’s husband passed away and soon after that both of her son’s Mahlon and Kilion died also. Naomi just had her daughter-in-laws left Orpah and Ruth. Naomi insisted that both of her daughter-in-laws go back to their mother’s home. Naomi was feeling bitter about her loss. Orpah kissed her mother-inlaw good-bye, but Ruth clung to her. Ruth remained adamant about sticking with Naomi through thick and thin. Ruth loved Naomi and remained not only her daughter-inlaw but a great friend. Ruth could have easily missed out on her blessing meeting her husband Boaz had she not been so accommodating to Naomi. When we intentionally stay obedient, keeping our focus on God, that shows our trust in Him. Author: Donnetta Austin Book: “Never Retire God” on Amazon Facebook: Be Encouraged, Inspirational Books by Donnetta Austin August 2019 The URBAN EXPERIENCE 19

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