Spiritual growth is a process that takes a physical lifetime to complete and at times can be a painful experience on many levels. However, as long as we have breath, an openness and willingness to learn and grow, we can and will experience spiritual transformation and progressive development that will enable us to live fulfilling lives.

Some of us may have been on this journey for many years and consider ourselves seasoned travelers, and perhaps some of us are new to the path and contemplate changing direction or finding a new path due to the struggles and hardships we encounter. Well, wherever you are and whatever you're going through in your journey, experience peace in the fact that God is aware and in control. He has a plan and purpose for your life that is to prosper you, give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). Stay the course, press ahead, and be encouraged through the following synopsis that illustrates experiences and comfort for the road to spiritual maturity.


You are a unique individual, a child of God, molded and developed from within by the Holy Spirit. You encounter various experiences – many you endure, some you barely survive, most of which you overcome. All for a reason, a specific purpose of growth. God has called us to persevere, so that we may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. Therefore, consider these times pure joy (James 1:2-4).

You may feel insecure in your Christian journey, confusion about proper behavior and responses. You are a babe in Christ, a novice in the ways of His ‘word’. Take heart my friend, for “we all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check” (James 3:2).

Perfection is a lifetime attainment for a Christian; something constantly and continuously strived for. At times you may feel awkward and uncomfortable because of criticisms and rebukes. My friend, “do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent His rebuke because the Lord disciplines those He loves” and punishes everyone He accepts as a son (Proverbs 3:11-12; Hebrews 12:5).

Remember the true realization that God does not show favoritism, but accepts men from every nation who fear Him and do what is right (Acts 10:34-35). Know that you are loved and accepted because of and in spite of the things that make you the person you are.

“… Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose“(Philippians 2:12-13). And so that you will not grow weary and lose heart, run with perseverance the race marked out for us, keeping your eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-3).

Author's Bio: 

Jo Anne Meekins is a spiritual leader and founder of Inspired 4 U Ministries LLC (, providing inspiring poetry, informational articles, and motivational messages to encourage, enlighten, and facilitate hope and transformation in the world at large.

Jo Anne is also the author of two books: ON SOLID GROUND: Inspirational Poetry For All Occasions, a book for all ages that includes poems of encouragement, challenge, relationship, celebration, comfort, testimony, ethnocentric expression; and scripture references for each poem; and For Such A Time As This, a 16-poem collection of scripture poems, poetic bible character narratives and sermon summaries. Both available for purchase at

In addition, Jo Anne is a blogger at; a member of the Boost In Your Bathrobe Prayer Line leadership team (; a founding lifetime member of Women In Ministry International/ Wisdom Women Worldwide Interfaith Center; a member of the National Writers Union; and she formerly worked as a policy & procedure writer for 7 years at Healthfirst health plan before resigning on July 30, 2010 to pursue her passion for ministry on a full time basis.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Mental Health at New York Institute of Technology; a certificate in Basic Journalism & Poetry from Writers Institute; and a certificate in Communication Skills from the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies.