I met a woman named Luz yesterday. I walked into her little bakery a little downcast, but when I entered I immediately saw a bible on a hardwood table near the door. I was ordering a wedding cake, but I didn’t have the money for the cake. I walked into the small bakery on faith. I’d never heard of the bakery, I just saw a sign by the road.

As soon as I came in, Luz quickly got off of the phone and smiled. We communicated in broken Spanish and English and I asked about the Bible on her table. With this question, she started to glow.

“My husband and I became Christians a few years ago. Now we have a relationship with Jesus. My husband was addicted to Cocaine for 19 years. Those were terrible years, but now, since he met Jesus he has been drug-free for 8 years. We are just praying for our 4 daughters to know Jesus now.”

Her testimony blessed me in a way that I could not have imagined. I just kept thinking to myself, “If this woman endured 19 years of marriage while her husband was addicted to Cocaine…then I can endure my hardships.”

As we talked more she told me that their bakery was God inspired, but unfortunately business wasn’t doing well lately. She said that they would press through the trials, because they knew that having the bakery was God’s idea. When she was speaking I could not help but admire her deep faith and perseverance despite her trials. God does not promise us that everything will be easy. He promised us trials, suffering, and hardship. But He also tells us to “Take heart!” because He has overcome the world  (John 16:33).

Friend, I want to encourage you to take heart! Do not be downcast. Trust God, and see His victory prevail. I came into that bakery empty and downcast, but I left full. She gave me the Bread of Life, and then she told me she was going to charge me half the price for my wedding cake. JESUS IS ALIVE! I walked out of that bakery with tears of joy in my eyes. For I thought I had nothing…but God used the little that I had to work a miracle.

I never told Luz that I didn’t have the money to pay, but something in her decided to bless me on that day, and I will be forever grateful. She let the Light of Jesus shine through her, which seems appropriate since her name translated from Spanish to English means…Light.

Fam, let’s continue to remember that we are still the light of the world, even when we get tired. We will be victorious. And like Luz, we will shine most brightly when we persevere, and never give up.

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” Galatians 6:9

I love you, and God loves you so much more!

– Jeanette

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