Hello everyone…and a Happy New Year’s Eve to you! It’s so good to be back with you today, on “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…and my prayer today; is that we will not only enjoy this time together; but that it will truly be blessed by God, in a way that will give us renewed hope, for this new day and the new year ahead!
There is one thing I think on a lot, as I enter the New Year…and that is the people who are struggling in this life. Today, there may be those who are without a job…or maybe someone is living with chronic illness and pain…or even depression and a heartache that just doesn’t seem to want to go away. These are the ones I pray for, especially around this time of the year; because as I have experienced moments like these, in my own past…I know how difficult it can be, to take a new step into a New Year.
As I sit here right now…thinking back, to how far God has brought me in my life…I’m looking at a couple ornamental brooms on my office wall; that are decorated with dried flowers and ribbon. I would say that they must be over 20 years old now. To some, these ornamental brooms would appear as something to decorate the wall…but not to me. These small brooms were made by me…at a time, when I felt as if everything had fallen down to nothing…as the past had attempted to take away every part of who I was.
After being admitted to a hospital for some emotional help, due to a terrible past of abuse and a dysfunctional home life; I was given a choice, as to whether I would like to work out in an exercise room or go into another room and work on crafts. Well…to begin with, my knees would never withstand the exercise room…but I did enjoy crafting in the past; so those reasons alone, made the decision for me.
I will never forget the moment, when a nurse took me into the craft room. There were tall metal tables everywhere, with stools to sit on. Then as I looked around the room some more…I began to see boxes and boxes of ribbon…dried flowers and so much more!
As the nurse took me over to the table…she was so loving and kind and wanted to see what I could possibly put together that day. That is when I chose the brooms…and from there, we began to pick out ribbon and flowers that could add some decoration, to these small brooms.
After I found everything I needed; the nurse escorted me over to a table and I began to slowly go to work…to see what I could make out of all that I had chosen to use for this project. As the flowers went in place…it seemed as if I was actually beginning to feel something slowly coming alive within me. In fact, it was as if a glimpse of light began to shine deep within my heart. Finally, it was time to make a bow and complete the project…and as I sat there…starring at what I had accomplished, I began to see that I could be a person again.
Now, as I think back to those moments in time…I see how a loving God never gave up on me…and how He used the little things in life, to bring a ray of hope back into my heart.
No matter what you’re going through right now…please don’t give up on life. You know…I could have done that; but if I would’ve; then I wouldn’t be sitting here today…reminiscing back, to how far God has truly brought me…and even more, I wouldn’t be living out the finale, of all those broken moments of the past.
As we enter this new year…you may feel as if you are carrying the same old problem into another new year; but don’t focus on that. Instead…focus on how far God has brought you…to where you are today.
One thing I can encourage you with as we close; is that when we allow each new day to become one more step in life; then we are one step further away from despair…believe me, I know. What you see as no hope, will eventually lead you to a time of new hope, if you don’t give up. Keep pressing on and continue to anticipate where God is leading you…and just like me…this too shall pass, as the broken moments become exchanged for something brand new!
Well…I have truly enjoyed our visit today and this time with you, has been a reminder to me that there is hope in Jesus Christ! As you enter this New Year, I pray that you will truly feel the presence of God leading the way…walking you into new moments that will eventually lead you into a new beginning! Take care and I will hope to be with you again tomorrow! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a big welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries. I am so glad that you stopped by for a visit and my prayer today; is that we all will truly come to connect with a God, who longs to love and care for each one of us!
Today, I have been sitting here in my office…thinking back to the many times that God and I have shared time together…through over 16 years of writings. I remember a time, when I could count on both hands…all the writings that God and I had done together. Now if you ask me how many…I can’t even begin to tell you…for it must be in the thousands range. To me…this is just an example, of just how much God loves each of us…for these writings come from a God, who longs to love…encourage and care for us, during the darkest moments in our lives.
You know…I’ve had people thank me for the words of encouragement that have truly touched their hearts; but what I really want people to know; is that these writings are God’s way of loving you through me. It’s been through the pain, tiredness and moments of deep heartache; that He has brought my heart down to His level…where I can hear His still small voice within my spirit; so you see…what you are actually experiencing through these writings; is the deep love that God truly has for you.
When I look back to the very first moment, when I began to write; all I remember, was words coming into my thoughts so quickly; that I could barely write them down. After a short while, I got smart and began to put ink pens, in every room of our home…including the bathroom. I have written on Kleenex…toilet tissue…napkins…and any other thing that was handy at the time. In fact, I have a box of writings that have all been done on Kleenex and once in a while, I get them out and read them…and even lay them on my chest, as a means of closely connecting with God…heart to heart.
Through time, I have truly come to see that it was God, who allowed me to go through a lifetime of pain and heartache; that I may humble my ways and let Him rise up within me…connected as one, to help and encourage others in need…just as I once needed that encouragement.
As I’ve journeyed many years with God…others have wondered why God didn’t heal me…or either they want to pray for me to be healed…and believe me, I’m open to whatever God longs to do within my life; but one thing I know at this time; is that it’s not His will, for Him to heal me…and I know that for real in my heart; for He needs a heart that can feel and remember pain and heartache; that the writings would truly be able to reveal His presence, to others in need.
You know…sometimes people get discouraged, when God hasn’t healed them; but one thing I would like to say; is to not let these moments take you down; but rather, look and pursue the reason behind God’s response…for He may have a true purpose in your life…to use the moments that Satan has attempted to destroy you with. When we look through the Bible…there are many, who were used in this way…and I truly believe that God still works in and through each of us, in different ways.
No matter what I face in life…I count it an honor and privilege, to serve the Most High God…and I know that one day, I will complete this journey and take that final step into Heaven, where I won’t hurt anymore…a place, where God and I will truly be as one, for all of eternity!
Well…I hope that you have enjoyed this time with me…just as I have…and I hope that this will also help you to understand the life that God has called me to live for Him. Today, I pray that your day will truly be filled with His loving presence! Take care and I will hope to be with you, on New Year’s Eve morning! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…it’s so good to be back with you…and it’s so good to have you with me today, at “A New Day of New Hope Blog!” My prayer for all of us; is that we will truly experience the presence of a God, whose love alone can touch and heal each broken moment in our lives!
As I’m sitting here in my office today…the snow is falling, after a green Christmas. Isn’t that something…that the snow would arrive the day after Christmas? Anyways…it was quite the morning…as I needed to go grocery shopping. How many people choose to go grocery shopping, the day after Christmas? I have to admit…it really was the best time to go, as I was the only crazy person in the store…lol.
Earlier, I had heard that we were supposed to get a fair amount of snow; but I was praying that God…the one with the control stick in hand; would hold the snow back, until I got home…due to the condition of my legs.
As my husband and I headed off to the store in the taxi…the driver was also confirming the weather forecast that I had heard; but mentioned that the snow may not arrive until around 5:00 pm. I think it was around that time, when my heart began to have a party of its own, as my legs were not looking forward to walking on that slippery stuff.
Anyways…after being dropped off at the grocery store…I took my time and enjoyed some moments away from the office and computer and then later, we returned home. Just after finishing with the groceries and lunch; I began to go back to work…and as I happened to look out my office window…here came the snow. As I continued to enjoy the beauty of the snow falling around me; I gave thanks to God…for He truly had answered my prayer…and not only that; but He had also shown me a loving and caring Spirit; that could only come, from a love such as His. I don’t know about you…but I just love moments like these; because it’s not only the thought of answered prayer; but it’s the moments of experiencing the presence of God in my life; that allows my heart to soar into the heavens…close to His!
You know…we were never promised; that this life would be free from troubles; but we were told that Jesus would be here for us…to help us through the darkened moments. How many times are we going to tough it out on our own…before we call out to Him for help?
I have truly found…that the uncertain moments that lie ahead of me, do not have to be feared…because I have a God who will not only listen to me, when I’m in need of His help; but I also have a God, who will follow through and make life easier for me.
You know…I remember a time, when I would just suffer needlessly on my own. I guess that the circumstances I experienced at the time had weakened my faith; but now I see how my faith has become strengthened, through the moments, when I truly experience His presence, while facing these troubled times…which only becomes a constant reminder; that God is always there for me.
No matter what you face or are facing…remember that God is only a prayer away…and He will not only listen; but will follow through and turn these difficult moments around and lead you down paths that can keep you distant, from the destruction that can stem from these trying times in your life…but first, you must be willing to humble yourself and ask for His help…and that’s the best piece of hope I can offer you today!
Well…I’ve truly enjoyed this time with you…and I pray that you will find God to be a close friend, who will not only listen to you; but will truly be there for you, in your hour of need. Take care and I will hope to be with you again tomorrow! God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a big welcome back, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog!” I hope you had a nice Christmas…celebrating the birth of a great and mighty King, Jesus Christ! As we begin another new day; my prayer is that we will continue to experience His loving presence, in everything we do and accomplish in this day!
Well…Christmas Day for me was the very best! First off…I had a great afternoon of relaxation with my husband, which I don’t always get to enjoy…and dinner was easy, as I had everything prepped and already to go, from the day before.
As I woke up on Christmas morning…there just seemed to be an overflowing joy within my heart! While sitting on the edge of the bed…I was actually overwhelmed, by a day that would seem so carefree, with more time to be spent with Keith and Jesus!
After getting up and getting around, I did do a little posting on Twitter and then I was out of the office…enjoying some time with my husband, Keith. Before dinner, we sat out in the living room and read the 2nd chapter of Luke and talked for the longest time…and get this…I didn’t have to keep looking at the clock. I just sat there…with feet up on the couch…enjoying my time with Keith and Jesus.
Once we were all talked out…it was time to put the ham in the oven. This year, I did something a little different, which was so good…and that was to put the ham in an oven bag…surrounded by carrot sticks. Then I added some water and seasonings…closed the bag and the whole thing went into the oven for 2 hours. Wow…those carrots were so tender and even had a slight smoky taste from the ham. I told my husband that I will remember this; so I can do it again another time.
After putting the ham in the oven…I almost didn’t know what to do with myself, as I’m not used to having this much time off; so Keith and I just spent some time online together…checking out my Twitter page, which he actually enjoyed and then from there, we picked out a Christmas DVD to watch, which was titled…“The Christmas Box,” with Richard Thomas. To some, this may seem like a boring Christmas…but to Keith and me, it was the best Christmas ever.
After the ham was finished…Keith and I did something different, which was to make up plates of food and eat in the office, while the movie continued. If you would have seen me…you would have seen a lady in a lounge gown, with her hair done and no makeup. As you can see, I was enjoying my day…and you know what…my husband doesn’t care because he accepts me, for who I am…just as God accepts us, for who we are.
I’ll tell you…Keith and I had the best Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as we celebrated the greatest birthday known to man…the birthday of a Messiah…Jesus Christ! Oh…and on Christmas Eve, we watched the movie… “The Nativity,” which we both love…and I made a strawberry crème cake and put a candle on it, while we sang “Happy Birthday” to Jesus.
Like I said before…we had no packages with ribbons and bows to open; but we had the best Christmas because we were celebrating it with the One…for whose birthday it truly was…Jesus Christ.
You know…we need to ask ourselves this question… “Are we truly devoted to Jesus?” It’s so easy to walk around, with the word “Christian” stamped on our foreheads; but really…what are showing Jesus, through our everyday lives? One thing I know…we cannot experience the fullness of His presence, if we are more deeply connected to the ways of this world. If we long to experience His presence…through our everyday lives; then first, we need to connect to Him, in a way that lets Him connect back with us…as He longs to reach out and be there for us. If the connection is broken, due to the connection we have with the world; then how will we ever experience all He longs to do for us, in this life?
As we begin this brand new day…maybe it’s time to pull the plug out from the world and plug into the One, who can also connect with us, during the struggles and challenges of this life. Through my own life experiences, I have truly come to see that when we are plugged into Jesus; then nothing will ever be able to sever the connection we have with Him…a connection that can truly help and sustain us, through a difficult hour of need.
Well…I have truly enjoyed our visit today…and I pray that you will have a great Wednesday with God! Take care and I will look forward to another visit with you tomorrow…God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very Merry Christmas to you all! I am so glad that you decided to stop by “A New Day of New Hope Blog!” My prayer for you; is that you will truly experience peace in your life, from the Prince of all Peace…Jesus Christ!
Today, I just wanted to stop by and be with those, who may be struggling this Christmas. Maybe you are going through moments that you feel no one could ever understand…but I do. As I wrote to you yesterday…I have celebrated Christmas’…where there was no joy in my heart…moments, when I was laid up after major surgeries…and even times of deep heartache and pain.
You know…it’s not always easy to celebrate Christmas, when a person is living with a chronic illness…experiencing the loss of a loved one…or even without work, while finding life to be one struggle after another.
One thing I would like to encourage you with today; is that Christmas isn’t about what you have or don’t have. It’s not about the food you eat or the clothes you wear; but it’s about the One who lives within you…and when you have Christ living within your heart…then it’s as if you are celebrating Christmas all year long!
Throughout this Christmas…there is one special thing that has truly drawn me closer to Jesus…and that is the thought that His nativity resides within my heart…for He came into this world, for you and me…and when we allow Him to be born within our hearts; then we are truly experiencing the real meaning of Christmas!
In my home, there will be no gifts wrapped in ribbons and bows…but there will be a gift that I will open…and that is the gift that came into this world…thousands of years ago…a gift that was wrapped up in love, for you and for me…and my prayer today; is that you will truly experience that love…a love that can override anything you may be facing right now.
As we close our time together…please know that you have a special place in my heart and I will be keeping you close in thought and prayer, over this Christmas season. I may not know your name or what you may be facing at this time…but Jesus does…and His love for you is so real…more than you will ever know!
Please take care and many blessings on your Christmas!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very Merry Christmas Eve to you all! Welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog!” My prayer for all of us; is that we will truly experience the depth of a loving God in our lives, as we celebrate the birthday of the greatest King known to man…Jesus Christ!
As I look back…over the past years of my life…my heart is being taken back to a Christmas; that actually became the beginning of a new life for me. One thing I came to see…and still see from this experience; is the great love that Jesus has for each of us…a love that not only came into this world to save us…but to love and sustain us, from the hard and difficult moments of life.
Over 20 years ago…there was a time in my life, when I had fallen emotionally, due to the past moments of sexual abuse and a dysfunctional home life. As I walked the halls of a hospital, on Christmas Eve…tears fell from within a heart that didn’t even fully understand the pain that was being felt at the time. All I knew, during that time of struggle; was that there was no hope standing before me…just a problem that seemed to be controlling my life.
As I walked down the hall of that hospital…with tears falling down my cheeks; I noticed a party taking place, in a room...for the patients of that ward…but for some reason, I just couldn’t celebrate…for there was no joy in my heart…only an empty heart that felt deep hurt and rejection.
Never did I realize it at the time; but God was emptying each chamber of that broken down heart; to make room for something greater. As He opened the windows of my heart…to air out each chamber or room that had been filled for many years, of the stench of the past…little did I know that He was preparing to move in and make my heart a home, where He could be close to me, as He prepared to walk me through a time, where the pain of many hurtful years would be felt…before experiencing a time of relief.
As I sat on Christmas Day…thinking back, to where this broken life had led me; I began to hear a still small voice within me say… “Diane, I will bring you through all of this…I promise.” Even though I felt His presence at that time…I didn’t fully believe His words because the pain seemed to be more, than the promise He was making to me at the time. What’s amazing…is that even though He knew my heart hadn’t believed His words all the way…He never gave up on me…and loved me through it all!
Now, as I look back on those years…I thank God, for sending His only Son, Jesus Christ into this world…to not only bring salvation and forgiveness of sins…but especially the hope we all need, during these troubling times in our lives. Even though I wasn’t quite convinced at the time; that He would bring me through those awful moments in my life…He did and His promises continue to stand true for all of us.
Christmas is a time of celebration and great joy; but for some…Christmas can be a very difficult time…a time of illness…pain…depression…and much more; but the gift I want to give you today…from my heart to yours; is the hope that came into this world many years ago…the hope that longs to love and sustain you through the difficult times in your life.
No matter what you may be facing right now; just know that you are not alone; but rather, there is One, who longs to be born within your heart…One, who longs to be the greatest gift of life to you…and His name is Jesus Christ! Open your heart up to Him today and let Him move in and make your heart His home!
Well…I have truly enjoyed this time with you…and I’m hoping to be back tomorrow, for a Christmas message of hope! Please take care…and no matter what you are or aren’t doing for Christmas this year…just know that the greatest gift stands before you…a gift of hope and life eternal, through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Blessings on your day…and a very Merry Christmas, to each of you!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a great big welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog!” I am so happy to have you with me today…and my prayer for all of us; is that we will truly experience the power of a mighty God…above the so-called power of evil!
As I’m sitting here today…I’m thinking to myself… “Diane, you must be doing something right in your life; because the opposition seems to be moving in full speed ahead.” I’ll tell you…this week has been some kind of a week…but do you know what…my God has stepped in every single time that Satan has attempted to knock me down and has once more brought me to my feet…to help me press on.
One thing I try to do in my life; is to not thrive on every little thing that goes wrong…because you know who is listening…and I have found that when he gets wind of what may be upsetting me; then he only longs to do more…and he will do more.
You know…I think that if we all could just focus on what God is doing to sustain us through a problem, rather than focusing so intensely on the problem itself; then our stress level would lower and we would truly be more at peace with God.
The other day…it seemed like one thing after another was coming my way. In fact, it came to the place, where I felt as if evil was attempting to stop my work…all throughout that day. As I got online to write…and the problems started to flare up once more…I quietly said… “Lord, I could use your help”…and I’m not kidding…within one minute, everything came back to normal and I was once more on my way…to complete the work that God was calling me to do.
You know…I wonder why we choose to go with the flow of a problem…as if it’s taking us by the hand, while we let it lead us further into despair. Why is it that we wait, until we can no longer handle a problem…to call out to a God, who can instantly free us, from these moments of despair?
One thing that I have come to grips with in my life; is that the more I serve God…and the more I obey His will for my life…the more the opposition, which is Satan, will come after me…but you know what…I don’t have time, to sit down in the midst of all these broken moments and allow a weaker power to overtake the strength of the mighty and powerful God that lives within me. Instead, I get an attitude with Satan…and with God’s help even more…I find that He abolishes these petty works that Satan attempts to take me down with.
No matter what we’re facing…we need to quit identifying the works of evil, as something that is too powerful and overwhelming in our lives; but instead, we need to see these moments, as an opportunity to call out to God…a God who will run within a moment’s time, to rescue us!
Well…I have truly enjoyed our visit today…and I pray that these words have brought a new and lasting hope within your heart! Please take care…and have a great weekend…and I will hope to be back with you Christmas Eve day…with a special message, from my heart to yours!
Many blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone! Welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog!” I hope that you are enjoying this Christmas season…and I pray that we all will truly allow our hearts to be the nativity, where Jesus resides and works within us!
Lately, I have been trying to squeeze in a Christmas project…here and there around the home. It seems like every Christmas, I tell my husband Keith that I’m going to do less and less, while I end up thinking about new projects I can create, with what I have in storage.
One thing I guess you should know about me; is that God has not only blessed me, with the gift to write for Him; but He has also blessed me completely…even in the little things I do around the house. For example…I just love to take a recipe and turn it into something completely different…and I guess it turns out good because Keith always says that my version is better than the original recipe.
Anyways…lately, I have wanted to work on a project, which I finally completed yesterday. Over our fireplace, I have designed a beautiful large picture, with a collage of photos depicting the life of Jesus. To start out…I had this beautiful framed mirror, which I had no place for; so I took another picture frame, with the same wood tone of the mirror and glued it into the mirror. Then I took some beautiful photos of Jesus…which are some of my favorites and attached them within the inner picture frame. Never did I know, when I started this project; that the final work would be in the shape of a cross…because I also took some wood tone contact paper and inlayed it, between the photos. Anyways…it turned out beautiful!
After having this large beautifully framed project of mine on the wall…I’ve always wanted to do some special kind of lighting; that would really bring it to life…so this is where the project really took off! I had a fiber optic angel, and the motor had given way and had fallen out, from underneath her; so I displayed the angel on top of an armoire, with a plant and another angel…and then I took the motor and fixed it up on a little stand and set it below the picture, on the fireplace mantel…where I also have pine…pinecones and other lodge items…and believe it or not, it looks like a little lamp up there…amazing…and when it’s turned on…all I can say; is that it’s really beautiful! As the wheel on the fiber optic motor turns…each photo, on the cross shape of the portrait is being illuminated and brought to life.
You know…with the tiredness and the pain I experience…along with a busy schedule, I can find it difficult to accomplish even a small project like this; but one thing God has taught me in my life…and that is to pursue…and never give up, until I have found the answer I’m looking for. Now, I have a beautifully decorated portrait, for Jesus’ birthday! Happy Birthday Jesus!
No matter what we face in our lives…we can find it so easy to give up and give into life; but one thing I want you to know…you will never find the answers to your questions, by sitting in the midst of a broken path, while starring into the face of adversity. Instead of giving into your problems…let God show you the way that can keep you going; so the temptation of giving up won’t be there to haunt you. One thing I know…and I continue to experience…is that we can truly do ALL things, through Christ who strengthens us…so keep pressing on!
Well…I’ve really enjoyed shooting the breeze with you today…and I truly pray that your day will be blessed from above! Take care and I will look forward to another visit with you tomorrow!
Blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a big welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog!” I am so happy to have you with me today…and it’s also so good to be back with you again! My prayer today; is that we will come to truly experience God, as we walk through another day with Him!
You know…it’s hard to believe that we are only a week away from Christmas! Yesterday afternoon, as I talked with my husband Keith; I was saying that this time next week, we will be celebrating Christmas, which is so hard for me to believe!
One of the greatest joys that I’ve already experienced this Christmas…which has truly made my Christmas complete; was the moment, when my husband and I reached out to someone that we’ve been helping overseas. The one thing I’ve learned, since I’ve known this person…is how rich I really am, which has truly made my life content and very appreciative; of all that God has blessed me with.
I would say that it’s been about a week or so, since I surprised our friend with some money…for some clothes and food that was badly needed. This person never had any idea, as to what my husband and I were up to, which made it so much fun, when it came to telling him.
After giving our friend some money, I came to see that he was going to be short, on the money that we wanted him to enjoy for a Christmas dinner…due to the cost of a couple things going up in price; so we surprised him once more…and you know what…his reaction was… “God loves me and has blessed me.”
For several years now, I have tried to convince our friend; that everything I do through this ministry; is God working through me; but because he hasn’t been treated right in life…he would identify these blessings, as coming directly from me, since I was the one working with God, to make all this work for him. But you know what…I can truly say that our friend is experiencing Jesus in his life this Christmas.
As I think back on these joyous moments; my heart just melts and one thing I know…when my husband and I are sitting down, to have Christmas dinner…so will our friend. What a great feeling to know that he is not only going to enjoy his Christmas…but through it all, he has gained a new friend this Christmas…One who has shown so much love to him, over the past 6 years; since we first started helping him.
Later…after I gave our friend the good news; I looked up to a special picture of Jesus that I have hanging in my office…and I said… “Jesus, as we have helped our friend…we really have given you gifts and a very special birthday dinner, from the heart.”
What a great feeling, to help others in need! To me…nothing can compare, to the joy that comes from a person’s life; that has been truly touched with love and kindness! In fact, I find more excitement in what I do for others; then what I do for myself.
As we celebrate this Christmas, may we truly remember the One, for whose birthday it truly is! Stop and think…how would you like it, if others received gifts at your birthday party? Jesus is truly the reason for this season…and may we always have a heart, to reach out to those who are less fortunate; that Christ may come alive within them and truly be felt!
Have a great day…and I will look forward to our visit tomorrow!
Blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a big welcome today, to “A New Day of New Hope Blog”…through the Risen Hope Ministries! It’s so good to be back with you today…and my prayer is that we will truly feel God’s presence…walking close beside us, as we begin another new week!
As I continue my journey with God…I am finding more and more; that the afflictions I face from time to time aren’t meant to bring me low...to the place where I remain stuck in these moments of despair; but instead…I find that they are truly serving a purpose in my life…and even more through my writings.
In the past, I have had…I don’t know how many people approach me…wanting to give me literature on healing…or I’ve even had people wonder why God hasn’t healed me. Well…this past weekend, I really came to think on this even more, as I was going through a time of pain that was truly out of control. It seemed like everything I tried to do…to help ease the pain, just didn’t seem to want to work.
As the pain went on for several hours…it began to take a toll on my brain…to the place, where I could see that my mind had had enough of the endless brain waves of pain. As I began to cry out to God for help…it seemed as if I was also questioning Him once more, as to why He has chosen to allow so much misery into my life.
After spending some time with God and sharing my heart with Him…I was once more reminded; that these are the times, when my heart is brought down to a level, where I truly connect with Him…and I have to tell you; the thoughts that come through the pain are so deep…and have truly touched the lives of others…including myself and my husband.
You know…sometimes, there just doesn’t seem to be any explanation, as to how and why God allows certain things to take place within our lives; but one thing I do know…He does sustain and help us through it all, as He uses the circumstances, in a way that can bring honor and glory to His name.
This weekend, as I was facing some tough times; my thoughts were taken way back…to a time, when Jesus went to the cross, to die for the sins of many. I know that our experiences here on earth can never compare, with what He experienced at that time; but one thing that caught my attention; is how the extreme suffering of Jesus’ death, has brought so many to Him. What love Jesus displayed for us at that time! Even though He suffered greatly…He knew that His Father was using this time in His life, to display a great heart of love and forgiveness to many. Through the beatings…the pain and agony; a love was seen…like no other love…amazing!
I have come to see within my own life; that these moments of sacrifice can serve a great purpose; that can bring many to Jesus. For instance…what about the one who sees someone in great need…or suffering in pain; but yet they can continue to press on and love Jesus through it all. Don’t you think that the other person may see a hope through those moments; that just might convince them that they can do the same?
I have truly come to see that what I thought at one time was a wasted life of pain and deep heartache can actually turn us around in a 360 degree turn for God. It’s so amazing how He can take these moments that seem to be a waste to us and use them, as a light that can enter someone else’s darkened path and bring them in the same direction, as where He is leading us.
As we begin another new week…we don’t know what may enter our path or where our path may lead us; but just know that God never allows anything into our lives, unless it will serve a great purpose…so when you feel as if your life hasn’t counted for anything…look up, for God has a purpose behind everything you’re walking through and when we give Him our undivided attention; that is when we will begin to see Him work through these moments of deep despair.
Well…I have truly enjoyed our visit tonight…and I pray that as you start another new week; that you will find God’s presence, to be much closer than anything you may walk through! Take care and I will hope to be back with you tomorrow!
Many blessings on your day!
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