Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Friday to you all! I hope that your day has been going well…and that you will come to experience God even more, as you walk from one day into the next…Amen!!
Well…today I celebrate 62 years of life…30 years of freedom through Christ…and almost 20 years of ministry work. Even though my life hasn't always been an easy one, I can see where God has been there, in each and every difficult moment I've faced…and I praise Him so much for the love He has given me throughout the years of my life!
You know…never in my life would I have ever thought that I would walk down such a rugged path…one that has led me to where I am today. Oh how the ruts in this path have been deep and the obstacles big; but not as big as my God; for He has led me over many high mountains of circumstance, while allowing me to see and experience new things…things that would be deeply embedded within my heart and stored there, as a means of helping me through other mountains that may attempt to block my way.
This heart that once was overwhelmed by brokenness has now become free…and the clutter that was once used by evil has been removed, so God could move in completely and have free reign of my heart…and one thing I know for sure…nothing will ever be able to move in and have control over my life again; because God is guarding the door of my heart.
I remember a time in my life, when each path of pain, heartache and loss had become lonely paths…paths that were meant to lead me to defeat; but that was only because I had chosen to remain tough and walk those paths alone, which only led me to a fall; but it was that fall that God used to help me let go of myself and take hold of Him, which actually became the moments when I truly began to know Him for real, rather than just knowing of Him.
As I sit here today in my office…I see a wall before me that is filled with graphic quotes and other things that God has gradually used to help me over a very hard and difficult past. I also see the footprints that were left behind…footprints that actually became steps for me to walk in…steps that were once filled with pain, deep heartache, abuse, loss and a dysfunctional life.
I find it so amazing, as to how moments that once attempted to spell out defeat; actually became moments that gradually nudged me in a direction that actually led me to the greatest relationship that I could ever experience…a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Before we close our time together, I would like to share a few of my life Bible verses with you, which are found in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, and 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."
The one thing that I would like to say to you today; is that I truly have come to see that all this brokenness in my life wasn't meant to torture me or defeat me; but rather, it was meant to bring me up to God's level. What Satan used to bring me down to my knees; was only allowed, so God could lift me back up with something greater. At first, I didn't think of it in this way because I was too caught up in the moments of circumstance. Many times I begged God to relieve me of the suffering I was going through; but God showed me one thing…something very powerful…and that is this…when it's not always God's timing or will to heal us…His grace can hold us above the pit of defeat and sustain us…and even cause us to lean on Him even more, which I truly came to learn. Once I came to see the circumstances that I faced in this way; this is when I found a reason to continue on…and even rejoice at times…and why…because I came to also see that these hard and difficult times of life, were also the times when the hand of almighty God was upon me…wow! Now…even though I face other hard and difficult times; I see them in a different light; because God, my Father has brought His child back to life…and has given me a new life in Him…Amen!!
If you would like to read more about my life…and all that God has brought me through, I would like to give you a free e-book on my birthday today, titled… "Baby Steps: A Personal Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache." …and I pray that it will be of help and encouragement to you, as you walk your own journey with God!
Have a very blessed day…and I will see you on Monday!
It's Always & Only Because of Him…
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