Today, as we begin our time together, I hope you will join me, as I celebrate 59 years of life…54 years of overcoming pain and deep heartache and 16 years of ministry work!
Actually, when I look back on my life, I see a life that became a journey…a long journey that would actually begin at birth…as I was born with two bad knees that would eventually be used in my life, to not only turn my own life around; but to also allow me to learn much and be able to encourage others, through these moments of despair.
No one can ever feel or understand my life and where God has brought me from, to where I am today, except for me and God. I have come to love God so very much and it’s all because of this long journey that we’ve been on together, for so many years.
In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, we read… “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
These Bible verses have now become my life verses. For at a time, when God longed to bring me down to His level…He allowed a thorn of affliction to enter my life. Even though there were many times that I begged God to remove the thorn…He simply said… “Diane, my grace is sufficient for you; for it’s through these weaknesses; that I will make you stronger”…and through these times, I have come to see how a loving God could completely turn a life around for Him… a life that now longs to give back to Him, for all He’s done for me.
No matter what you walk through in life…and no matter how long and difficult the journey may seem; may I encourage you to keep pressing on…for God has a purpose for this journey and you will never know what that purpose is, until you have walked all the way with Him.
As I look back on my life and remember the very difficult times that I have faced; I can say that it was worth it all, for God has given me a brand new life…a life that now lives for Him, rather than for me.