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Only Because You Made a Way

While listening to a sermon at a recent celebration service, I was moved with so much emotion, the Holy Spirit led me to write today’s blog story. Just before the sermon, a beautiful song (You Made a Way) was performed by a woman who has such an angelic, God-gifted voice. The message was so clear to me and brought tears to my eyes every time she sang the words “Only because You made a way.” When the song ended, she left the stage, and her husband delivered a powerful sermon with a similar message based on the Scripture, Romans 12:1-2:

”I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

A few messages stood out to me from the pastor’s sermon, and he made me think long and hard about the scripture verses, particularly the words “By the mercies of God” – or as the pastor kept saying ”In view of God’s mercy:”

  • You have never done anything for God that He owes you something, He has done everything for us that we owe Him everything!
  • What is in your view? There is one thing that should always be in front of you –it’s the mercy that God has already given you. “In view of God’s mercy” – even if He doesn’t do anything else ever again, He has already done it all!
  • He came and found you when you had no ability to find Him.

After hearing the sermon on that day, it became so clear to me and I remember thinking, “I am only here at this moment at such a wonderful celebration alongside many fellow Christians and living this joy filled life my husband and I now live, only because God tirelessly sought after me again and again!

I’ve looked back many times on my life thinking of my teenage years when I struggled with finding a purpose. It was difficult to understand why so many other kids seemed to fit in with the crowd so easily.  I envied their outgoing personalities and thought they were all so much more attractive compared to me. At times I remember being depressed and alone in my room wondering whatever would come of my life.

It touches my heart each time I read or hear of a young teenager who is being bullied at school. I remember those feelings just as if they happened yesterday. I realize when I hear these stories and think back to those times, God was with me then. He was also there in the many days to come, through all of my trials. I never realized it then, but sure can see it plainly now. It’s clear to see the plan God has had for my life unfolding before my eyes.

Why can’t we see that God is with us when we are struggling through the very trials where we need to have faith and trust in Him the most; to know that he will bring us through the dark days; and to trust that he is by our side during these times? It seems now when I look back, God allowed me to go through those trials because he was molding me into the person I am today. We cannot see the path while walking in complete darkness when we do not have our sights set properly. Focusing is so difficult when the light of Jesus is missing from your heart.

It’s difficult to fathom that such a great and magnificent God would want to seek out little ole me, the depressed teenager who sat in her room many nights feeling worthless. But He did so, and he seeks us all tirelessly, finding us wherever he needs to go to meet us and pull us out of our darkness. Each and every one of us is important to God!

The Scripture also says “but, be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind” – we ask God to change us sometimes, but we don’t do our part to actually change. God wants us to walk in deliverance and live freely. Something has to change in the way we think and we need to change our view! We must lift our eyes to where our help has ALREADY come from.  His mercies are new every morning!

God we thank you for your mercies, for leading us to this moment in time and for making a way for us to get here. We’re standing here only because You made a way!

God’s love is amazing and all we need to do is accept His Gift – the Gift of Jesus Christ, his son. Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? If not, read on to see how you can accept this wonderful Gift.

Jesus has already paid the price for our salvation, and we are saved by God’s grace merely through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. If you believe you are a sinner and Jesus Christ died for your sins and rose again, you only need to ask Him for His forgiveness, repent or turn away from your sins, understand Jesus loves you, and accept Him into your heart, and you too can be saved by God’s grace through your faith.

If you do believe and want to experience the same peace we have come to know, we encourage you to pray the following prayer:

“Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. Please forgive me for my sins and help me to turn away from sin. I believe you died on the cross for my sins and rose again. Please come into my heart. I put my trust and faith in you. Please let your Holy Spirit guide me and change my life.

In your name I pray, Amen.”

If you prayed this prayer, you have been saved by God’s grace! We encourage you to seek out and find a bible-based church, where you can speak with the pastor about your new and wonderful salvation in Jesus Christ! Scripture: John 3:16

God is good, ALL THE TIME!

…feeling blessed!

The Best Words the Heart Can Speak

A quote from William Paul Young, best-selling author of The Shack, reads “Don’t ever discount the wonder of your tears. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy. Sometimes they are the best words the heart can speak.” I love this quote! Reaching back into the depths of dark trials will certainly produce these tears. Being able to share with others how God has pulled you through the darkest days of the storms can spark hope for those who can identify with your trials. Speaking from your tears shows others your heart and can reveal to them a path forward by realizing the journey you have faced and overcome.

The Holy Spirit has been speaking to me these past couple weeks about sharing testimonies. With the recent publishing of our book, many have asked about the origins and seem interested in the story of how we came to make the decision to write the book. The main purpose of our book is to share our testimony with those who may be going through similar trials as those we have endured; to provide comfort and hope for them knowing they are not alone; and to lead them to the solution we have found – the amazing gift of our Savior, Jesus Christ!

God sends us messages all the time and if we tune in to listen carefully, it is amazing to realize just how meticulously He plants these messages around us. My husband and I experienced a series of events over the course of this week sensing a strong message from the Holy Spirit:

  • This past Saturday we attended a Pastoral anniversary celebration and were blessed to meet many people at this event who shared their testimonies freely. They were also very interested in hearing our testimony as well.
  • Sunday was overflowing with discussions throughout the day centered on sharing our personal testimony with the world.
  • On Monday we attended a Bible study where the facilitator told us an interesting story about the previous day’s service at his church. He shared with us a vision or thought that came to him from the Holy Spirit, and began to speak of a new effort in the church to capture testimonies of members of the congregation. His thought was to have them speak and document their stories. The focus of their message on that day was prompted by the scripture Luke 1:1-5 and documenting things for those to come after us.

Scripture: Luke 1:1-5 NIV: “1Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us,  2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”

  • On Tuesday, we had a planned dinner with my cousin and her family. We had not seen them for many years and had not even met some of her family members as of yet. It was truly a blessing to us. My cousin’s son is the creative pastor for a church in Maryland. He shared with us that their church has started capturing member testimonies on video, which they will play for the congregation in order to demonstrate how lives are being changed by and in the ministry. At that moment I thought to myself just how many times we have been Divinely led to all of these conversations this week about the sharing of testimonies! These are the “light bulb moments” as I like to call them. When you realize how much the Holy Spirit has been knocking on the door of your mind and you finally “get it.”

I’ve known for the past few years now that sharing our testimonies was important to God, but I don’t think I have realized the magnitude of this importance. The Holy Spirit is surely teaching me this week that sometimes these are the best words the heart can speak!

Publishing our book, It’s All Good, A Story about Faith, Family and Living With and Surviving Tough Addictions for all the world to read was not an easy thing to do. In this world most of us are hesitant to expose ourselves and our secrets. But as William Paul Young has said in a recent episode of Restoring The Shack, we were meant to be open and weak. Being exposed is a good thing. God did not design us to live a hidden life. William Paul Young also said secrets are huge and powerful when we keep them hidden among the darkness and lies. But when we let them out, they lose their power over us, and we experience a freedom like never before!

We all have testimonies to share, and many of us keep them buried deep inside. I began this story today with a quote from Paul Young, and I would like to end it with another: “You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” – William Paul Young, The Shack

My husband and I have discovered the sharing our testimony has truly set us free – it is an amazing feeling filled with relief and a peace we have never known. Do you have a testimony to share? Why not tell us about it in the comments below or share it with someone today. Reach for the best words the heart can speak. You, too will feel God’s amazing freedom and peace if you let the Holy Spirit guide you to do so today!

Feeling blessed!

You Can Have Superhero Powers

Have you ever felt like a superhero? After recently completing a six week Bible study session about the power of the Holy Spirit and starting a new session about everyday miracles, I am beginning to see just how much the Holy Spirit moves us to have the power to do things for others. You can have superhero powers …read on to see how you just might be someone’s miracle today.

Most all of us have prayed for a miracle in our lives at some point. When we pray for these miracles they are often for something we need God to do in our lives or in the life of a loved one. Have you ever prayed for the Holy Spirit to guide you through your day instead of only asking for miracles for yourself?

My husband and I have many instances we could write about where we have started off our day for one purpose, and the Holy Spirit has diverted us, moving us to stop and help someone on the side of the road for many reasons: to give a ride to someone who has needed to get to a medical appointment, to assist someone obviously struggling to get a tire changed or put air in their tires, to provide food for someone who was homeless or in need. There are many other things that I could list here, however, the point I’m trying to make is we ALL need to open our eyes every day as we go out into the world. We should be observant of those in need on our travels. The Holy Spirit helps us to do this if we pray for His guidance each morning and give Him control.

Bible verse John 16:5-16 tells us that Jesus had to go away so he could send the “Advocate” – the “Spirit of Truth” to help guide us all and 2 Timothy 1:6-7 says that He gives us the spirit of power, love and self-discipline. What an amazing gift He has given us! Each and every one of us has the power to be someone’s miracle if only we would allow the Holy Spirit to continually guide us in our efforts. We must let the Holy Spirit live in our hearts and penetrate to our core. We must let Him illuminate the words of scripture for us as only He can do. The Holy Spirit will help us in our weakness and He will be our strength.

Once we begin to allow the Holy Spirit to move in our hearts, His power in us will become contagious to those around us. If you never have prayed for guidance, I ask you to try trusting in the Holy Spirit and you will see what I mean. Once His spirit lives in your heart, you will begin to see those around you noticing a change in you and they will have a strong desire to have whatever it is that you have attained. Most will not be able to pinpoint this gift of the Holy Spirit in you, but it will shine through to those around you.

Remember as you set out today, you just might be someone’s miracle if you allow the Holy Spirit to give you His superhero powers!

Have a blessed day!

It’s All Good

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Our book, It’s All Good! A Story about Faith, Family and Living With and Surviving Tough Addictions, is now available on Amazon.com in print and e-book versions. Read on to learn how the Holy Spirit moved us to write this book for God’s glory.

In October of 2014 I began jotting down tidbits of stories in a file on my computer destined for a book. I had no real plan for how it would all come together. However, one Sunday morning, the Holy Spirit spoke to me about His plan for the book. I never knew how strongly the Holy Spirit could move an individual.  On Sunday January 25, 2015, Pastor Lawrence Williams delivered a sermon at Changed Lives Church about the Authority of our Words. He spoke of the Power that God has given us to our words. Scripture: Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Pastor Lawrence shared a personal testimony with the congregation that day. He spoke about his family being forced out of their home for 6 months due to broken water pipes and wiring not being up to code. He shared how difficult it was some days for a family of 4 to live out of a hotel room and continue to meet obligations of work, school, ministry and more. He said through all of this time, he maintained his strong FAITH and continued to show up to church each week with a smile on his face. All throughout this time he prayed and believed all would be well as if it were so already. Of course there was a wonderful blessing for their family after going through this trial. Their home was newly renovated once all was completed, blessing them with much more than they had ever asked for in prayer.

As he closed the story, my husband, Rich asked to speak. He told our Pastors and the congregation about his recollection of our Pastors coming to church throughout their trial. He commented on how they continued to meet the needs of the church. Rich said during that time he would ask Pastor Lawrence how he was doing, knowing it must have been a very difficult time. Pastor Lawrence’s response was often “It’s All Good.” Rich told the congregation, as he heard Pastor speak these words, he knew it couldn’t have been all good for his family throughout their difficult trail. Rich was amazed and impressed by Pastors’ powerful, inspiring and strong faith.

After Rich spoke that morning, Pastor Lawrence continued with a message to the congregation. He said if there are things we are praying for and they are not coming to be, possibly what we are praying for is not in God’s plan for us. Or possibly we are praying for things which are too small. Maybe God has a much greater plan for us. After the sermon, I thought of the words Rich spoke and what Pastor Lawrence had said. It was like a light bulb went off in my head. I had picked the name of our book long before I even put the first word on the page in October of 2014. I picked the name based on a plaque I had purchased for my husband about year prior. I believe that Sunday morning sermon, as well as Rich’s spoken contribution, was the result of the Holy Spirit moving them to bring a strong word direct from God to me. I felt God was pushing me to get busy finishing our book. The book is ironically titled “It’s All Good!” based on a saying written on the plaque which hangs in our kitchen. We so often have quoted it time and again since it was hung there in 2013. We purchased it soon after we first found Changed Lives Church, and accepted Jesus into our hearts.

I have prayed for so many things and people in my life and thankfully many of those prayers have been answered. However, the prayer I pray every day since coming to Changed Lives Church, is for us to be a blessing to someone “on this day.” I pray to be able to help someone in doing God’s work somehow “today.” I have started since Pastor’s sermon to pray now on a bigger scale. Pastor Lawrence helped me realize this book can be a much bigger blessing than I ever could have imagined. It could reach MANY who may not be crossing our paths on a single given day in our lives. It could be a blessing even after we have long gone from this world.

We pray others find our story inspiring and that it may spark hope for readers. We pray it and speak it as though it has already been such a blessing to MANY in Jesus’ name.  Amen!

Note: If you would like to purchase/read our book, follow the link to our Amazon page at the top of this post, and if it does inspire you, we ask you to consider leaving a review on the Amazon page to let others know.

Thanks to all our faithful blog readers!  God bless!

 

 

How a Motorcycle Ride Became a Blessing to a Sunday Service – Learning to Wait for the Lord

We must learn to trust God and wait on Him – for when we do, we learn that His timing is always perfect.  Today’s blog story actually began almost a year ago, but read on to see how the Divine diversions of the Holy Spirit moved us all for God’s glory in His timing to blossom just recently into a beautiful blessing.

Last fall, I was in the office of my place of employment one day assisting with the onboarding of a new team member, and asked him to tell me a little bit about his background. He reviewed his most recent work experience, and also gave me some information about his personal situation. He had been through some very difficult health trials in the past few years. He was praising God for bringing him through these difficult trials, and shared that he has been attending a Christian church in our area.  I found myself being Divinely diverted once again by the Holy Spirit, and I proceeded to tell talk about my Christian faith as well, explaining how my husband and I were first led by God to our home church. I began to sing praises of our Lord and how much He has blessed us through some very difficult trials. I also told him about our pastors, and how genuinely dedicated they are to spreading the word of Jesus Christ. During the course of the conversation, I offered him our church information card, inviting him to stop for a visit if ever in the area. Another one of our team members who was in the room providing training at the time, joined in the conversation and asked me why I had never given him a church card. I was abruptly stopped in my train of thought, finding it difficult for a few seconds to immediately respond. As I reflect back, I remember thinking about the reason why I hadn’t given the card to him, and being pleased to realize just how much my relationship with God has grown over the past 3 years. There was a time not so long ago, when I wouldn’t think to speak of my Christian faith in the work environment. It always seemed to be an expectation of others that the topic was somewhat taboo, or off limits in the corporate environment. The Holy Spirit has helped me grow and strengthen my relationship with God, so much so these past few years, helping me to realize how important it is to put Him at the center EVERY aspect of my life. I am thankful that I purposely share, speaking proudly and freely everywhere and anywhere I go about my Christian faith today.

So, when asked why I had never given a card to my other team member, I apologized and handed him one, inviting him and his wife to join us one day. Simply by sharing my Christian faith, I learned some things that day about my team member which I had never known, even though we worked on the same team for at least 5 years. He is a dedicated man of faith and has a powerful testimony about how he came to be saved in Christ Jesus. He also belongs to an evangelistic street ministry, routinely venturing into dangerous areas of the city streets. The members of his ministry reach out to those who are suffering from the chains of addiction, and they have helped many by sharing what Jesus has done for them. After speaking with him, I felt pretty confident that he would show up one day soon at one of our Sunday services.

Before long, weeks and months went by and there was no visit during that time. However, as I have learned by reading scripture, and my past experiences in life, it’s not our timing that is important, but instead God’s timing, which is always nothing short of perfect!

One Sunday morning not long ago, 3 motorcycles pulled up in the church building parking lot. To my surprise one of the riders was my team member, who had brought along 2 friends, all of them coming to worship with us on that Sunday morning. As my co-worker introduced his friends to me, one of them shared a brief testimony of his battle with addiction, and his desire and very recent efforts to come clean. As the service began, we took our seats, and experienced an awesome praise and worship service that morning. During the service, my co-worker’s friend gave his life to Christ and became a new Christian that day! We all praised God for allowing us to be part of such a powerful moment, and for using all of us for His great purpose!

A couple weeks later, the roar of motorcycles was heard once again outside our church building, as my co-worker and his friends came driving into the parking lot for another visit. This time he brought his wife along as well to join our praise and worship service. It was such a pleasure and a blessing to meet her and have them all share in our service. We enjoyed the fellowship with them and look forward to seeing them again one day soon at a future service.

Isn’t it amazing how God plans things out so far in advance using all of us like chess pieces, making such strategic moves to win the game for His glory every time? Do you have a similar story of how you may have had to wait on the Lord, and felt the diversion of the Holy Spirit for God’s glory? If so, please share it in the comments section. Thanks for visiting our blog, we hope you will be diverted back here again soon! Have a blessed day!

Scripture – King James Bible: Isaiah 40:31“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Living With and Surviving Tough Addictions

“It’s All Good! A story about Faith, Family, and Living With and Surviving Tough Addictions ”– is the title of our new book, which is coming soon!

After a long history of living with and surviving alcohol, gambling and prescription drug addictions, my husband and I had been receiving subtle messages over the past few years from many folks who crossed our paths on a daily basis. We often seemed to be drawn to these people and would all share our testimonies. Most of the messages could be translated the same way, “Wow, you should write a book!” Not being a writer up to this point in my life with the exception of technical “how to” documentation, I had always shrugged these messages off thinking authoring a book would be a huge and overwhelming task. Soon, however, I began noticing books everywhere I went – in waiting rooms, on coffee tables, in coffee shops, at conferences – many of which were collections of short stories or journal entries. Thinking of them as a series of small stories was a less overwhelming task and possibly something I could do, so I began to jot down short, one page stories of events in our lives surrounding the addictions. Even though I began to jot these down, and had accumulated about 15 of them, I still was not convinced that I could write an entire book.

One Sunday morning, our Pastor’s sermon seemed to bring a message direct to me to get moving on the project God was calling me to finish – a project that had the potential to help many others. He delivered this sermon not knowing I was writing these stories, so it touched me personally as a message direct from God.

On that day I began a mission to finish documenting the addictions, how they have impacted our lives, and how we have learned to overcome them with the help of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. We have finished writing the book and are currently in the stages of getting it published. When I think back to all the many times I felt writing the book was such an overwhelming task, it is amazing to me what we can accomplish through Christ who gives us strength. He surely has given us the strength to finish this book, and to write it with total openness and honesty.

When we look back, it is plain for us to see now that God has been with us through all of our lives. It is, however, a painful thought to remember that there were many times of hopelessness and despair along the way when we did not live with Jesus in our hearts, nor did we realize He was by our side. We are excited to share our story and what we have learned, believing that it may spark hope in those who may be going through similar situations with addictions in their families, who may be feeling that same hopelessness and despair.

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Do You Need to Forgive? Don’t Delay!

We have all been hurt, or have hurt someone in our past, whether intentional or not. When these feelings or events are swept under the carpet, they begin to fester and mushroom into an ugly situation for many people resulting in more hurt, blame and separation, distancing relationships. If there is someone who has been hurt by you in your past in some way, please read on for this inspiring story that proves God is watching over us and wants us to forgive and show love in order to break us free from burdens that can weigh us down for months and years if we let them. Do you need to forgive? Don’t Delay!

We had gone on a quick shopping trip to pick-up a few items at a local grocery store, and while there, I reminded my husband that I needed to be quick in order to return to my desk, as I was only on a lunch break at the time. God had other plans for us that afternoon, Divinely diverting us from our path. As we were leaving the store to head to the car, my husband overheard a woman say “God Bless You” to someone who was collecting money for a good cause. He immediately sparked a conversation with her knowing she was a woman of faith. They began talking about their faith and Jesus as they walked towards our car. The conversation soon turned, when she asked about our family and church life. There had been some distance in a relationship over the past few months due to some hurtful things that were said. I am not even sure the hurtful words were realized as they were being spoken, but even so, they were hurtful and placed a wedge in between us for some time.

This woman was very spiritual and prayed with us over the situation at our car, even as the weather changed and it began to drizzle. We took a bit of shelter under the open hatch behind our car and continued to talk for over an hour! She was very adamant that we should be first to reach out to forgive and put this behind us to mend the relationship. As my husband and I discussed opinions, she pointed out that all of that really didn’t matter. The only thing that is important is that God wants us to forgive and mend the relationships along the way. She said we didn’t need to elaborate, only to pray to God, give this burden up to Him, take the initiative to make contact, and say “I’m sorry.” She said trust God… it would be enough.

She quoted scripture from Matthew 6:14 & 15: (Bible, King James Version) “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” She stressed how important it was to do this right away and not delay. We exchanged phone numbers and vowed to keep in touch.

As we left the parking lot that day we were feeling blessed. We were a bit anxious about how those we needed to apologize to and forgive would respond when we approached them. As it turned out, the response was wonderful! This was such a huge blessing to us indeed, as all of us were asking for forgiveness and apologizing. This certainly has mended the relationships in a great way and it provided us with opportunities to say some things we may never have exchanged if it weren’t for this Divine Diversion in the parking lot of our grocery store! We are ever grateful to this woman, who allowed God to use her to bless us on that day. She has become our new friend and we are honored that God chose her to intervene in our lives. We now know just how important it is to be mindful of hurting others, asking for forgiveness and forgiving. There is such a peace that comes with putting a burden like this behind you.

Are you longing for peace in a situation such as this? If so, please don’t delay – pray for God to help you, contact those who have become distant and say “I’m Sorry” – it’s never too late to mend those relationships and open the door to God’s love. Why not pick-up the phone right now, today?

Letting Go and Letting God

Who knew that we would be Divinely diverted so far from home to find a special Sunday church service to attend simply by “letting go and letting God?!” God surely uses all His children to bless and be blessed each and every day no matter where we may roam.

In between some activities, while we were traveling this past week in Florida, we stopped at a local department store to pick up a few items. My husband began a conversation with two women while at the store, and before long the subject turned to Jesus and our spiritual beliefs. These women showed their obvious love for Jesus and in turn, my husband proceeded to share his testimony with them. He mentioned that we were visiting our family and looking for a church service to attend this coming Sunday, but were unfamiliar with the area.

One of the women gave us her business card and wrote the name and number of the youth Pastor from her church on the back suggesting we speak with him regarding our search for nondenominational churches in the area where we were staying. My husband called him and spoke with the Pastor for 40 minutes on the phone. Both were blessed by this diversion and the sharing of their testimonies. We decided after the call that we would visit their church for Sunday service.

When Sunday came, we traveled to Unity Christian Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Everyone we met that day was very friendly and welcomed us with open arms. It was a somewhat small congregation and very obvious that those in attendance had a true love for Jesus, so much like our home church. We certainly were blessed and most definitely led to them by God that day. The Reverend who delivered the sermon is actually familiar with the area where we attend our home church in New Jersey, and told us that he travels to the area routinely driving trucks to make deliveries. He intends to visit our home church when he is in the area and would love to meet our Pastors. He said he can tell we have great Pastors who are dedicated to our Lord and Savior just from the short time he was in our company. It was such an enjoyable service and a great word from God. We are honored to know that God is using us, and thankful that all of these wonderful Pastors allow God to use them as well to reach and teach us all every day no matter where we may roam!!

We thank our sister in faith, whom we met at the department store, for allowing God to Divinely divert her that day. It was such a comfort to find this awesome church congregation, and to join them as part of their praise, worship and fellowship while we were so far from our beloved church family. We are so grateful to God for aligning things perfectly in bringing us together to praise and worship Him and to keep our paths straight.

Bible Scripture (King James): Proverbs 3:6: “In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”

God is in control and we are at peace and amazed that we have finally realized that “letting go and letting God” is the best life secret we all could possibly learn! If you are struggling with life trials, and long to be free from such burdens, please reach out to God and I know you will find the same peace we have come to know today simply by handing over your burdens to our Heavenly Father and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you each day. He will help navigate the waters for you.

Be Blessed on Purpose today!

Bible Scripture (King James)

Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Matthew-11-28 “Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
John-14-27 – “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Two Recovered Alcoholics Discover Testimonial Tools

It has become obvious to us in the past few months that we are used for God’s purpose, as are many who have struggled in life through tough trials. Many drug addicts and alcoholics discover testimonial tools that help them to stay on a straight path forward. Sharing life stories (or testimonies) certainly is helpful to others going through similar circumstances, and is exactly what God intends for us to do.

Several weeks ago, we went out to get something to eat and couldn’t decide where we wanted to go. My husband said he wanted to get a good cup of coffee after eating, so I suggested we go to a specific restaurant, which is right next to Starbucks. At first he said he didn’t want to go there, so we drove around for at least 30 minutes, coming back around in a complete circle and ending up back at the original restaurant. We went inside to eat, and while having dinner, we overheard a Christian man speaking with one of the servers who was on her break. She kept looking over at my husband and me, while this man was talking to her, seeming to want to talk with us. After the man left the restaurant, she got up and walked in our direction. We said hello to her and she sat down at our table. My husband began to ask her about the Christian man that was speaking to her, and that sparked a conversation between them. She said he was from a local church in the area. We believe she may have been drawn to us by the scar my husband has on his head from the traumatic brain injury which he suffered in 2005.

This meeting turned out to be the result of a Divine diversion for sure, as the timing would have been off if we had not driven around for 30 minutes before going into the restaurant.

My husband shared his testimony with her about his past alcohol and drug addictions, as well as his resulting traumatic brain injury. She shared with us her testimony as well. She had been through so much already in her young life. Her father committed suicide right in front of her when she was only a young child. This was devastating to her and drove her into an alcohol addiction at a very young age in her attempts to escape the harsh realities and memory of her father’s suicide. She had no interests in school or hobbies and her grades were failing. She eventually attempted suicide herself and was rushed to the hospital where she almost died.

After this near death experience, she found Jesus and He helped her to turn her life completely around. Even though she still has painful memories of her father, she has been delivered from the chains of her alcohol addiction, knowing that God is her strength and is with her always.

King James Bible: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”

What an amazing story she told us about how she went from failing grades before her suicide attempt to becoming an “A” student and Valedictorian of her senior class at graduation. She is currently attending college and is also engaged to be married to a very nice young man whom she met during her recovery. We were so happy for her after hearing her testimony, knowing just how far God has brought her from those dark days of her alcohol addiction.

We all were amazed to realize just how God is using us to bless others, and others to bless us as well!

Soul Winning to Glorify Our God!

Yesterday we had another episode of being Divinely diverted which I MUST share. It never ceases to amaze me how God can orchestrate everyone to play just the right roles to make things come together in such a a beautiful way! Who knew there would be soul winning in our midst when we set out in the morning?!

I was working from home and my husband headed out earlier in the day to do some outreach and visit one of our homeless friends, who is now in the Rehabilitation Center. At some point he must have been diverted from his scheduled plan, and ended up taking another homeless friend to a local Farmers Market, where he could get him breakfast – this is also a huge flea market with many vendors who show up on Thursdays. My husband called me mid-afternoon saying he was bringing 2 of his homeless friends home with him for dinner (along with a couple pizzas, and fresh produce from the farmers market). I was a little nervous about this knowing it was Thursday, and we typically attend the weekly Bible Study at Changed Lives Church. It has become very important to me to be there to take in as much of God’s word as I can in my desire to learn more about the scriptures and grow closer to God. I reminded him of the Bible Study on the phone call.

My husband and his friends arrived to the house shortly after his call. I made a salad and cut up some watermelon. After we had dinner, my husband asked our friends if they would like to join us at the Bible Study that evening. One of them said “no thanks,” and the other said “sure.” So we dropped one off on the way, and the other tagged along with us.

Our Pastor delivered a great teaching message at the Bible Study that evening, as usual! God sure is working through our Pastors. In talking to many of our church members, it’s obvious we all hear and understand the teachings clearly and are very touched by these messages every week.

After the Pastor finished speaking, my husband had asked our friend how he felt about Jesus Christ. In those moments which followed, he brought him and the Pastor out to a more private area and the Pastor proceeded to pray with our friend. Our friend accepted Jesus into his heart that night and it was such a blessing to us all!!

This seemingly abrupt interruption in our normal schedules, turned out to be a Divine diversion for sure for our friend, as well as our Pastor and those in the Bible study. God surely is working through us all every day!

Feeling Blessed! …. Sue