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1 Chronicles 28:20

20Then David continued, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the LORD is finished correctly…”

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Today, Britt Nicole shares the story of her parents’ divorce and what it taught her about going through suffering.

She says, “I ended up writing a song about this experience called, “All This Time.” That song talks about how God has been with me since the very beginning… I remember running to my room as my family was going through this and feeling the presence of God come into the room. And I felt like God said, “Britt, I’m right here with you. I will never leave you…”

You might look at your circumstance and say, “This is it. I’m gonna be here forever… There’s no way I can come out of this…” God is gonna use you and he’s gonna use your story and it’s gonna be beautiful.”

Notes from the Beyond Suffering Bible

Be Strong and Courageous – David encouraged his son Solomon with the same words that God used to encourage Joshua after the death of Moses (Josh 1:6). In both cases, a younger man faced a daunting task left unfinished by the great leader who preceded him. In our lives, we often struggle with tasks that seem too great for us to accomplish on our own. In these times, we should remember to be “strong and courageous.” Our God is with us even as he was with Joshua and Solomon.

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  1. Profile photo of angelfish316

    This has really hit home. I recently separated from my husband of 30 years. I thought our marriage would never end since we came so far. There were times when I couldn’t feel God, but now I feel so much closer to Him. This is a journey that I wish I didn’t have to take, but I’m comforted by the fact that God is always with me.

    • Teepee

      I never dreamed I’m in the same boat and never dreamed I would be in this place. However the Lord has been with me every step of the way and he will continue to be with me. He has opened doors that were closed and giving me opportunities to serve. He has not yet revealed what I am to do next but He will in His time. Praying for you

    • Jewels

      I too am going thru this horrible trial….But I also realize my Almighty God is DO much bigger than this …praise his HOLY NAME ♡♡♡

      • Profile photo of ljduggins

        Amen!!! I am on this same journey and I have never felt God more present in my life than right now and I am just waiting for his guidance. My husband is jealous of the peace I have right now in my life with being able to handle this huge life event. I keep telling him that without the love and grace from our Lord and Savior I would not be able to get through it either. I pray for his eyes to be open to see the truth in the God’s love and that he is right there with him always.

    • Profile photo of Melinda

      I am also separated after being with my husband for 30 years. It has been the most painful experience I have ever been through. I too feel so much closer to God. I know that I have made it this far because he is with me, guiding me through this ugly journey. I know I must trust him and his timing. You are in my prayers.

  2. Profile photo of Unathi

    The past two years of my life have been one storm after another, one trial following another. I have often felt discouraged, I admit. But, I haven’t lost sight of the fact that God is helping me. He is rescuing me, even if from behind the scenes.

    I think if we will look beyond the problems to focus on God, we will see His salvation, His protection, His provision, His guidance. When I’ve been discouraged, I remind myself that God is faithful. I know that, not just because His word says it, but because I look back on all I’ve gone through in the past and see His working in it. It important to look away from the current troubles especially to remember how God came through for us in the past. That is what encourages me. It helps to build my faith for the current trial and the suffering to come. And I KNOW it will come. But God won’t stop being there for me, holding me, working good in my life. He promised suffering. He promised deliverance. He keeps His promises.

    • Profile photo of ShreRnae

      God is with you and I’m praying for peace in your life

    • Profile photo of Jennifer Boyd

      The last two years have been one struggle after another for me as well but like you I too can see how God has been working these things together for my good.. Some days are so hard but knowing He never leaves or forsakes me gets me through even the toughest days!!

    • Teepee


    • Profile photo of Siobhan

      Thank you. I really needed to hear that, now. Bless you.

  3. Profile photo of Heidi W.

    These words are so powerful and touched my heart: You might look at your circumstance and say, “This is it. I’m gonna be here forever… There’s no way I can come out of this…” God is gonna use you….

    So often I’m so hard on myself and get stuck in the suffering and my own failures that I feel I can never be good in God’s eyes. This reminds me he’s always with me.

    • Profile photo of Rebie WAY-FM

      Reminds me of this verse: “9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2Corinthians 12:9-11)

      Even when we feel weak, God is still using us and our story.

      • Profile photo of Asher

        I really needed that verse today, Rebie! Thank you for sharing! 😊

  4. Profile photo of Karenwhite717

    The truth that He is with me is what keeps me going when I don’t know what to do next. I can’t imagine walking through life’s difficulties alone….now THAT would be scary!

  5. Profile photo of Chip

    I am going threw a divorce right now. on Friday my wife of 15 years gave me Divorce papers. I have been fight just to do the day to day thing. I feel like just curling up into a ball & die. I have tried marriage counseling, changing everything she said was a problem in our relationship but it never seemed enough. She always on Facebook looking a her friends highlight reals i call them & wishing that was her. I know God has a plan for me & it will come in his time but I just feel so broken that i don’t know which way is up.

    • Profile photo of Crystal

      Chip, I saw your post and was drawn to it. I will pray for you during this time. I can’t image how difficult things must be. But know this, you are loved and God is going to be with you through out all of this. At our church, we have been studying the book of James for several months and appropriately enough, the day we started the study, I had a HUGE blow up with my family-which ended up changing the course of my family’s plan of moving. In the moment I felt so deserted but someone reminded me that just what we had studied that very Sunday was to “Count it all joy”. At the time I didn’t understand. But now, months later, I know why God allowed me to go through this trial. He could see the bigger picture that I couldn’t. What I learned from that experience was something I may never have learned without it. So I guess what I am saying is this, even in the toughest times of our lives, we have to be joyful in our trials. We have to know that we are going through this or that because God is up to something. He is changing us from the inside out and we may not even realize it. I will continue to pray for you and I hope that God brings you peace in the middle of this storm you are going through. 🙂

      • Profile photo of Chip

        Thank you for you kind words & prayers.

    • Teepee

      Chip, Crystal is right. We don’t know why things happen but God does. It has been 2 years since our divorce and I can see God working in my ex husband that would never have happened. He was not a believer but was searching in all the wrong places. He is going to church now and staying for Sunday school. I was a stumbling block for Him. I wanted to fix him and lead him to Jesus. As much as I hate divorce if that is what it took to open his eyes to Jesus then it is worth it. Another verse the LORD gave me was Is 54:4-7 to let me know He would take care of me. And He will take care of you. Praying for you.

      • Profile photo of Chip

        Teepee thank you. I can see you are a very kind & thoughtful woman. I hope one day i will be able to use my story to help others like you are.

    • Profile photo of dadof34Christ

      Chip, I am praying for you and her. I have been living your story since the first of the year. I understand the pain and brokenness your are experiencing. Keep your eyes focused on God. He is there and He is already working for you. The hardest for me was remembering that God was working for good during my emptiness and loneliness. I had to remember that it was on God’s time and not mine. I’m still a work in progress but I have hope in Christ. Your story is not over and Christ is there to help you. Stay faithful to the scriptures. Just know by making the step to share your situation, other brothers and sisters in Christ can help carry your burden. You are not alone. Prayers of peace and healing.

      • Profile photo of Chip

        I also have been dealing with this since January 2. We are having to still live together until the sell of our home. I keep hoping that she will see how much i truly love here but all she want is to get a divorce. It is easy for her i will be her 2nd. I pray everyday that God will soften her heart & mend your marriage But i am coming to the realization that this might not be his plan. Thank you for sharing your story & letting me know i am not alone that there are others going threw similar problems.

    • Profile photo of sasunday

      I am right there with you. My husband is forcing a divorce on me that I do not want and do not agree with. It’s an ugly ugly thing. I am struggling greatly with seeing how this could possibly end up good in any way. Something that God hates and does not want yet, my supposedly Godly husband is forcing it on me. How can He use this ugliness for good? I know He will, somehow, because that’s Hiso promise but, it’s impossible to see.
      I pray for your comfort and peace.

      • Teepee

        My divorce was also forced on me. It was definitely something I did not want but for our good, God did. It was difficult for me to accept because “God hates divorce” so I was so confused. I lamented and prayed, attempted counseling (he quit coming). God led me to several scriptures,Is 54:4-7, being one of the most profound. My husband wasn’t dead but our marriage was. The covenant was broken. He didn’t love me and I had lost respect for him. After crying over thsee verses I met with my pastor and his wife. I asked how could God be leading us to divorce when it is something He hates. He said, He loves the two of you more than He hates divorce. The reason He hates it is because of all the pain it causes. It has nearly killed you.
        I have lost a brother and a boyfriend to death. I have lost twins to miscarriage, but the death of my marriage was without question the most difficult thing I have ever experienced.
        I am sharing this to let you know you are not alone. We are praying for you and our loving and Sovereign LORD is with you and will see you through this. Through Him, He will give you the strength to get through each hour,then each day. JEHOVAH JIRAH will provide. He will not fail. He is faithful. 1 Thes 5:23-24.

      • Profile photo of Chip

        I feel for you! It is so hard to hear them say they have prayed & God has lead them to Divorce. I have told my wife over & over that i meant every word of my vows to her Good times & Bad. God gives use trial to go threw to strengthen our relationships with him & each other. But to many people now want to try starting over like marriage is a video game & they get a new life. The only thing is there life is still there, the problems are still there & you are just now alone. I will be praying that we all are able to see the path God has for us & use these trial to grow closer to him.

        • Teepee

          Chip,keeping your eyes on Jesus is what will get you through this. Don’t know what I would do without Him. Praying for you.

    • Profile photo of Shelly

      Chip I know your pain. I was the one who filed divorce from my husband after 19 years. We tried counseling off and on 3 times. I felt so much guilt and shame for the failing marriage. My pastor told me…in the bible God recognizes divorce when one leaves the other. Although I didn’t know for certain there was another woman I did know he left our family…emotionally, physically, financially and spiritually. I had to do what God showed me was what my boys and myself needed. It’s been 5 years and it’s still hard. I’m struggling to raise 3 teenage boys alone who never had a positive father figure in their life. I’ve worried so for them and am praying I can hand them over to Gods care. It’s so hard and I see my 18 year olds making mistakes that could alter their lives forever.
      I pray you find peace in your life. God is with you.

  6. Faith Barnett

    We are expecting hurricane Matthew sometime today. My strength and courage comes from knowing that God is with me, with us! Praying for peace in knowing that my/our Mighty God is in control and with us every step of the storm. Amen

    • Profile photo of Ann

      Praying for your safety.

  7. Profile photo of Ann

    This speaks to me. The last 5 years have been one long storm. I went from an abusive marriage to an abusive relationship then most recently leaving a relationship with an alcoholic. So much toxicity I’ve put in my life though I did leave them all. I know God is with me and I am broken and worn. I feel like I’m drowning and struggling to catch my breath. I am trusting God to get me through this and praying for healing.

    • Profile photo of Rebie WAY-FM

      Thankful that you are safe and out of those situations, Ann. Know that God is still working in you and writing a beautiful story. Keep trusting him! I’m saying a prayer for you today. Thanks for sharing!

    • Profile photo of harlenshack

      This revelation of putting your trust in God is the best thing you could have done. There are so many storms in our lives, and sometimes it feels like the boat is ready to capsize. It’s during these times we need God most. Surround yourself with people that too put their trust into God. I’m sure that having this type of support will be so powerful for you! I will pray for you, Ann!

  8. Profile photo of Lindsay

    My parents divorced when I was 8, so this message really hits home. For years I struggled with a lot of painew and feeling unacceptable. By God’s grace, He surrounded me with some wonderful people that showed me God’s love. Now I have a testimony that He has allowed me to help others in suffering
    Thanks for sharing.

  9. Bernice Smith

    Wow! My daughter is going through something right now. She tried to take her life. Praise Jesus she did not succeed. I gonna share this story with her. Even though my husband and I are not divorced I just thought of my daughter when I heard you speak. Thank you Britt! ❤️️

  10. Profile photo of MishiBrozen

    It is always so important to remember and be reminded that God is always with you. He NEVER leaves us and has been with us since our very beginning. Even when we are at our lowest and feel the most alone he is here.

  11. Profile photo of Kari

    He has called us to be strong and to be courageous … even when I don’t feel like I am very strong or courageous. It is these moments of weakness that I can feel God’s strength and He never lets go – so neither will I. Sometimes it truly takes my knees buckling to remind me just whose strength I truly need – it is truly all God.

    • Profile photo of Rebie WAY-FM

      “He never lets go – so neither will I…”

      I love the way you put that, Kari. Thank you!

  12. Profile photo of M.Mouse

    I really needed to hear that today. I’ve been really overwhelemed with things in my life. Sometimes you just need to hear God’s in control & He is the one who carries us in the times of struggle. Thank You !!

  13. Profile photo of JennyChestnut

    My parents divorced when I was 10 and it really destroyed my life for a long, long time; however, Jesus never left my side. I never stopped loving Him, I just stopped listening to Him for awhile. 34 years later, He is my #1 fan and I am His #1 follower!!

    • Profile photo of Rebie WAY-FM

      So cool to see another story of how God never gives up on us! He’s right there all the way!

  14. Profile photo of Brittliz001

    The trials that I’ve gone through seems small compared to others, but still I find myself in a situation that it seems isn’t going to change any time soon. I love your song because when I look back at my life all I see is Jesus. He stayed with me even when I felt I was far from him. Even when I was angry with myself and with him his love continued to surround me. I haven’t always seen it in the moment but looking back that is all I see.

  15. Katie

    My parents have been divorced 12 years and God has never been more present than in this past decade or so. He has changed my life around because I was so depressed I never thought I would climb out of that hole of loneliness but he picked me up and put me in a new state and a new church knowing exactly at that time I needed these amazing new people in my life! Praise God

  16. Profile photo of CarrieAnn71272

    So needed to hear this today. I’m struggling with Chronic pain from 17 surgeries and Fibromyalgia. I am facing a decision to make on whether or not to get a spinal cord stimulator implant. It may/may not work and will be another surgery. I’m only 44 and exhausted. I am afraid I’ll be in this pain forever and I can’t do it. I am praying ferverently for God to guide me and my family through this decision and the reality, that if this doesn’t help, I will have to be in severe pain for the rest of my life.

    • Profile photo of Crystal

      Carrie Ann I am praying for you. A few Sunday’s back, our pastor preached out of Romans 8:18; Our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. I am praying that during this extremely difficult and painful time you are going through that God will give you the peace you need. I pray that you are comforted in the thought that this that you are going through here on earth can’t compare to the glory you will receive later. They will not compare. I pray that God gives you the direction of which way to go- have the surgery or not. I pray that He direct your steps and I pray that in everything you do He is glorified.

      • Teepee

        CarrieAnn, I am praying for you. That the Lord will give you wisdom in making your decisions, strength to follow through, and peace on whichever way He leads you. I pray Jehovah Rapha will make you whole in mind, body, and soul. 1 Thes 5:23-24. He is faithful and He will do it.

    • Cody Deno

      I’ll be praying for you also.

    • Profile photo of WAY-FM

      Carrie, thank you for sharing your story with us. We pray for listeners at our weekly staff meetings and we have added you to our prayer list. Trusting God along with you for clarity regarding your health.

    • Profile photo of Ashley

      CarrieAnn, I am praying for you. The lord is our rock, he helps us with stability, guidelines and strength. As Brittany said in her video “This is it. I’m gonna be here forever… There’s no way I can come out of this…” Just remember he will never leave your side.

  17. Profile photo of Debbie Bluestone

    Be strong in the Lord…it is so important that we continue to read His word over and over in these times when we are weak, afraid and lonely. When you can’t seem to believe them, read them over and over until they fill you

  18. Profile photo of Sherry

    I really like this verse because it reminds us that we are not alone in any decision we make for ourselves or when a decision that has been made affects you without your input. I continue to struggle with trying to control things in my life and have only found anxiety and depression. I’m learning to let go and let God but it is a slow process for me. My husband is the opposite, when my daughter falls down he says, “get up, walk it off,” me I still want to run and help her up.

    • Cody Deno

      That is a struggle I deal with too.
      I’ll be praying for you.

  19. Profile photo of harlenshack

    The earliest and most vivid memory I have of my childhood is of my parents arguing and shoving each other. It’s something I don’t offer up all of the time, but I felt like, given the topic today, I’d speak on it briefly. I was too young at the time to understand much about religion, and even who God was. I didn’t know that the divorce that would ultimately follow would split my parents up for the rest of my life. But after that, I lived with my mother, and she was a God-fearing woman. From as early as I can remember she would take me to church and explain what God wanted for me in my life. After years of prayer, and overcoming what was one of the most difficult times in her life we moved to a new city. I was put into a new daycare as a child of a single mother. It was there that I met a kid on the playground. We became best friends. And now, because of our friendship I’m happy to say that that kid I met on the playground so many years ago is now my stepbrother. We introduced each other to our single parents, and a few short years later we both stood by their sides in a beautiful white gazebo and watched as they kissed and said ‘I do.’ She married a strong-willed Christian man that I am proud to this day to call my step-father. His belief in God, and unwavering support of everything I’ve done in my life has gotten me through so much in my own life. I am forever thankful for the blessing God has put into the life of my family at a time when we needed them most. I hope this post offers hope to those out there that feel lost, like things can’t get better. I’ve seen it first hand. They can. And will. You must put your faith in God and his plan just like my mother did all of those years ago.

    • Cody Deno

      That was such a touching story; it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing.

    • Teepee

      Thank you! God is so good.

  20. Cody Deno

    In my senior year of high school, when I was in a deep depression, I remember thinking something like, “This is it. I’m gonna be here forever… There’s no way I can come out of this…” I felt hopeless and helpless, and nothing could bring me comfort, not even God because I was not listening for Him; I forgot about God and the comfort He brings.

    Thankfully, I got through this hard time with help from my counselor and from God. On the other side of this dark time I learned an important lesson: never turn away from God, never forget about Him, for He is with me and wants to comfort me, encourage me and help me.

  21. Profile photo of Stephannie

    Amen! Wonder why it is that fear is the biggest thing in y life that I struggle with and yet God constantly reminds us that we should not fear BECAUSE He is with us! I wish that it didn’t have such power over me. I wish I didn’t worry so much about what others think! One day it will sink in…

  22. Profile photo of Susan

    Sometimes it is hard to look up & see that God is right there with open arms. It is easy to turn inward & focus on self, but a change of focus to Him puts everything in perspective and we can rest in Him.

  23. Profile photo of cameran_smith

    After watching my parents suffer from miscommunication, a lack of understanding, and an almost hopeless attitude, I’ve felt much the same: wondering what’s going to happen, if there will be redemption from the hurt, and when will there be peace? It’s made me near cynical about marriage and the idea of spending your life with someone. Yet, there has been an odd contentment surrounding me as I have watched everything unfold. It’s a contentment that could only come from the presence of God….He’s meeting me, like He met Britt.

  24. Profile photo of MISSBee

    Divorce is always so hard on everyone. Praise the Lord for words of wisdom and encouragement!

  25. Profile photo of damarysv

    This hit home. I got divorced when my daughter was 10 years old and my son 16 and it was very difficult for both of them but mostly for my girl. God has been with us but it had been very challenging times. Thank you for sharing your powerful testimony. My daughter is 19 and still struggles, specially with relationships b

  26. Joni DeBord

    God is always with us. What a comfort to know! I can see how His hand was upon me all of my life, as well.

  27. Profile photo of Big Country

    This was a great reminder and took me back through what God has been doing through me. Being a young person with a broken body, I wondered, how God could use a cripple (sort of. Bad back causes me to have to watch what I’m doing and how long even with walking there is a limit and it varies day to day). I didn’t think I could serve him because of my pain and my condition, but just like Paul in 2 Corinthians God uses us best when we are weak. I could only see what I couldn’t do, but God only sees what we can do to serve and honor him. This past summer, God allowed me to share the gospel through sports camps, and church camps. It was truly amazing to see how God has worked through my life.

  28. Profile photo of Becky Wolberg

    I am guilty of thinking my sitiation will never end. I know God is with me… I feel his presence but I pray his will be done even though I may not like it.

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    Divorce is not something I wanted, but like many of you, it was forced on me. I have been divorced since 2012. My husband left shortly before our son was diagnosed with autism. He blamed me for it. I am still going through the courts and dealing with visitation and custody issues. It has been a very difficult time for both myself and my son. But I now can say that God has used this experience in my life to push me out of my comfort zone and and given me the strength to be an advocate for my son and try to coparent with his father. I pray that my son’s father will accept the diagnosis and be willing to coparent with me. I thank God every day for the strength he has given me in this situation and I know he will continue to do so. The love and care He has shown my son and I has been amazing and I am forever grateful.

    • Profile photo of Batje

      Thank you for sharing. yes He will never leave us nor forsake us! I love this song ….

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    I really wish more people would speak about how hard divorce was as a child and all they had to over come. I hear all the time that kids will get over and they will bounce back. But in truth, it is very hard for many children to get past their parents divorce. Some even get mad at God and blame Him because He didn’t fix them. Some children even take the blame on themselves. They take this blame all the way into adult hood and it affect their relationship.
    Now that I said that I am really glad God helped you Britt. Thank you for sharing your story.

  31. Lysa Robb

    Sometimes it is difficult for our children when we are going through horrible times to cope with the situation and not blame themselves:(

  32. Profile photo of pmccoy68

    I am a divorcee and that period of my life was filled with fear, depression and discouragement. It was also at that time that I let God be my guide and these verses are very comforting when discouragement sets in.

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      I have been through a divorce. It felt like a death. I had to go through the stages of grief to get through it. What I have found is if you do not get to the acceptance level, issues with self-worth, anger and hate can consume you. I had to make a conscious effort to forgive. God bless

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    I’m going throe this trial and i know the lord is with me.

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    I’m 7 and my parents are divorcing and i know the lord is with me.

    • Profile photo of kolleen

      Tears are streaming down my face. This was written by my seven year old son. I showed him Britt’s video thinking that he could relate to her story and he asked me if he could write a response. It is so true that I have become so much closer to God through this horrible time but it’s my two boys (6 & 7) that I worry about. I do believe, however, that God will use this time to touch all of our lives. He’s already working in my 7 year old’s life!

  35. Profile photo of bridget0394

    I divorced about 2 years ago after 10 years together. It has been rough, even though I was able to move on and remarry. Lately I have been thinking that I was never able to grieve the loss of my marriage as I should have. Struggling, but I know that God has a plan for me. I can’t wait to see where it takes me..

  36. Myfaithwillstand1622

    I am in a situation where divorce was never in my thoughts until now. My husband just can’t lay down the drugs. He is my first and only love. But after all these years together I feel that something has to change because of our son. I want more for him and I want his daddy to get better, but we can’t live in that. I am scared to leave and what our future holds. I hope he realizes and comes to a place where he can lay the drugs down for his family. Addiction has really affected our life in such a way that I won’t ever look at things the same. How something can just change the person you love and instance. But I know God will be with us no matter the circumstances.

  37. Yolander Jackson

    Yes,he is with us all the time.During a struggle it is easy to forget that.Remember he is here and keep praying.

  38. Wendy

    Thank you for reminding me that whatever the struggle I am going through God is with me and will use me.
    I have been in a struggle for a few weeks now and don’t understand it. I don’t need to at this point. God will show me what it was all for and I will be able,to,help someone else.

  39. Kathleen Kauffman

    Going from job to job, one employer to the next, and not finding anywhere for any kind of stability, I look to today’s verse to take courage and do the work. I don’t understand how the Israelites could have been so faithful in having to make sacrifice after sacrifice, and to do the work that they had to do. I could have never kept up with anyone. I am looking toward a new job. One of the questions in an interview was how to deal with a person that is not working as fast or effectively as I am. Well, I am usually that person not doing the job just right, but I was being asked what I was going to do. I thought I would definitely talk to the person who wasn’t performing as well, be friendly and ask if everything is all right instead of being critical. I know that before we go to anyone else about a sin or something that doesn’t stand right with us we need to go to the person who has offended us first. That way whatever it may be won’t be a surprise or that there wouldn’t be a misunderstanding we all need to work together to get things right. And it may honestly boil down to that person not really caring, but, at least, you know where you stand.