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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!