He has most certainly tried me "and"..................................................

For years I have been drawn to the book of Job............   The first time was when I was much younger (maybe 20 years ago), and I ordered my name NICOLE, (which I LOVE),  on a plaque, and the scripture was from Job.  Job 23:11 to be exact; and the verse speaks this:  My foot has held to His steps; I have kept His way, and  have not turned aside.                                                                             I then check out my name as well on the internet and it is of French origin. I also go to a number of websites and each one say nearly the same thing about Nicole.  It means victorious one, victory of the people, and victorious spirit. The scripture given in many a place is again from the same book/chapter, and is the very verse before this one:  But He knows the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. Job 23:10.
In the next season, I learn about the fact how GOD knows/KNOWS I will succeed and overcome, all that has tried to come against me, be it simple good people relying on their own understanding to ugly spirits that had authority in my life and no longer do.
Then I get into the prophetic realm/ dream interpretation and the fact that numbers/colors have a spiritual significance too.  I buy some Christian books on prophetic stuff/dream interpretation and learn ever so much.  I am drawn to the number 17, for that is the number of the day I was born. It means :

The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 17                                                                                          

In the Bible the number 17 symbolizes "overcoming the enemy" and "complete victory." God overcame the sins of rebellious humans when he began to flood the earth through rain on the 17th of the second Hebrew month. Noah's ark and its eight passengers rested on the mountains of Ararat on the 17th of the seventh month (right in the middle of God's annual Holy period known as the Feast of Tabernacles).  Jesus Christ gained a complete victory over death and the grave when God resurrected him near sunset on Nisan 17 (Saturday, April 8, 30 A.D.). In the book of 1Corinthians the thirteenth chapter, the seventeenth mention of the word 'love' comes when the apostle Paul states that it is the GREATEST gift of all (1Corinthians 13:13). God's unending love (John 3:16) is truly victorious over all things. Those who stay faithful to God to the end of their lives will gain the victory over the grave when they are miraculous brought back to life (see 1Corinthians 15). Daniel 7's beasts have seven heads and ten horns, for a total number of 17. They represent world-ruling powers from Daniel's time to the Second Coming of Jesus. The devil's end-time system (Revelation 13) will have seven heads and ten horns, which totals 17. All mankind will very soon obey and worship the devil and the Beast power. They will war against those who have faith in Jesus and keep the commandments, thus achieving a victory (though short-lived) against God's people (Revelation 13:1 - 8).
True Christians, however, will gain the ultimate victory over God's adversaries when he resurrects them back to life (Revelation 15:2; 20:4). One of the major themes of the Day of Atonement (commonly referred to as Yom Kippur), which occurs in the seventh Hebrew month on the tenth day, is the binding of Satan (see Revelation 20). Thus, 10 plus 7 equal the number 17, which testifies to Christ's perfect overcoming of Satan. 
http://www.biblestudy.org/bibleref/meaning-of-numbers-in-bible/17.html

I am having such breakthrough in understanding such simple truths............    and instead of focusing
on the actual UGH that did happen, am focusing on what the LORD is pointing out. What are you going through in this season?  What is your focus? It is ok to look and even let the ugh of the past come up, through and out of you. But/BUT  don't stay there, let it out and let hope/joy/happiness be focused on and out of you.  I have been tried and have come forth as gold.....................
How about you?

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