I am not exactly sure where you are in your life, but I can give you a brief summary of where I am. I am in what appears to be the darkest hour of my life.  I feel as if I am living life with my eyes closed and I can’t see anything around me.  It is as if GOD has placed me in a darkroom with the door closed and my only instructions are “WAIT AND LISTEN” because if I come out too soon I will be distorted and if I go by what I see, I will become confused, because what I am seeing and what I am hearing are not one in the same.

In the dark I see that my unemployment has stopped. I see that my bills are due. I see that I am trying to start a business and write a book with limited resources and space.  I see that I don’t have any health benefits.  I see that my money is real funny, right now.  However, I hear “Your GOD shall supply all of your needs according to his riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.  I hear “You can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens you.”  I hear, “Blessed the Lord, Oh my soul and forget not all his benefits.”  I hear “It is the LORD, thy GOD that gives you power to produce wealth.”  So as you see what I see and what I hear are complete opposites and although both are realities, I have chosen to lean on what I hear and wait in HIS WORD, because GOD is not a man that he should lie and if HE said it, HE will make it good.

So while I continue to wait in this darkroom I have a feeling that I am not alone. There are others waiting in this darkroom too and I come to encourage you today, because this is just the development process.  Negatives are always developed in darkrooms and it is in these rooms that GOD is doing some of his best work.  It is in this place where GOD is perfecting you.  It is in this place where GOD is establishing you.  It is in this place that GOD is developing you. It is in these darkrooms that we go from negatives that no one is able to make out to beautiful pictures that bring GOD GLORY!

Be encouraged in your darkroom, because you are coming out a PERFECT PICTURE.


By:  Phaedra T. Anderson


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  • ArA
    October 22, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks Sis,for those words of encouragement! Well written, keep them coming:_)

    Peace, harmony and happiness!
    Arlène Rivers a.k.a ArA

    • Phaedra Anderson
      October 23, 2012 at 12:28 am

      Hi Arlene,
      Thank you for joining us at Bronze and for lending us your ears for a few seconds. I am so happy that you were able to find my article as a source of encouragement.

      Be blessed!

  • lori
    October 23, 2012 at 6:02 am


    Can i say you have done it again. I woke up to come write on your wall only to find i am a day late but i found this article. Speechless

    • Phaedra Anderson
      October 24, 2012 at 12:16 am

      Hi Lori,
      Thank you so much for visiting my page and for visiting us at BRONZE. We so appreciate you and I pray that you are “SPEECHLESS” because GOD met you right where you were as you read my article and if so, I hope that makes your visit in the darkroom that much more tolerable, because you are not there to stay, but you are there to learn the value in the darkroom. So endure and be not weary, because I’m looking forward to seeing your PERFECT PICTURE.

      Love ya!

  • Tanya Manning-Yarde
    October 24, 2012 at 4:13 am

    Peace and blessings, Phaedra. What an inspirational reflection. You share an intimate message of being resilient so as to journey through and then beyond one’s immediate circumstance. You encourage us to stake our faith not in what is currently happening but what can and will become of us after faithfully enduring a challenge or hardship. It’s funny . . .just yesterday one of my best friends said to me that God has us go through experiences so that we may minister to others. You shared a profound lesson that all of us as readers should first ponder . . and then prosper within others. Thank you, Phaedra.

    • Phaedra Anderson
      December 6, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Hi Tanya,
      I thank you greatly for visiting the site and for lending me your ears for a few moments. I am glad that you enjoyed the article and I so apprciate your comments.

      Be Blessed!


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