Hello everyone…and a very happy Tuesday to you all! I hope that your day is going as well as mine has…and I pray that you will truly experience a real love in your life each day…one that only comes from a loving and compassionate God…Amen!!
This afternoon, Keith and I were having lunch together and we were talking on my life a little bit…and how far God has brought me over the years. In fact…when I look back on my life, I see the different roads that I once walked down…roads that have been truly well-traveled.
To start out…the first of many roads that I walked down, was the road of my youth…a time, when I was dealing with life in a very difficult way…and while traveling this road, I faced many lonely and depressing moments, along with sexual abuse and much loss. While other children were running and enjoying life, I spent many of the twenty-one knee surgeries in a hospital bed, with a long recovery later. As I sat recovering, after having reconstruction work on both knees, I could hear the sound and laughter of my siblings and friends outside the window. On this road of life, I not only experienced physical problems; but also emotional ones too, as I was brought up in a very dysfunctional home. Many times on Sunday, I would find myself…with my arms folded in my bedroom window, while starring out to nothing. This road was a difficult road to understand…and a road that seemed to place me in a world of my own, which made this road a very lonely one to walk down.
After traveling this road for quite some time, God seemed to be taking me off this road and onto an exit that led to a road of marriage…and what seemed to be the start of something brand new…for this was the time when I met Keith and married him. We first found each other at a laundry mat…never realizing that we would meet once more that night at the hospital where I worked. Even though I saw happiness at the time; later I came to see the reason for marrying Keith…a reason that would start a more intense journey with God.
The next road that God took me down was a road of loss…pain and great heartache…a time when life would mingle in with more surgeries and counseling, for a sexual abuse that took place at the age of 5. Believe me when I say…I actually didn’t think that I would make it on this road because this was the road that brought me down to the pavement…a place, where I could either look up to God for help…or a place where I could give up.
After finally pressing on, while becoming stronger along the way; God led me down another road…a road where I would begin to serve Him and use those many years of pain and heartache to help and encourage others. Maybe you are thinking about now; that I have finally overcome everything and life has been smooth sailing; but it hasn’t. To this day, I live with a rod in my right leg…a very bad left knee and two painful feet, along with tiredness each day; that attempts to slow me down…but you know what…I am here to testify to you today; that this God I serve is a very strong and mighty God, as He has brought me down roads; where honestly, I couldn’t see an end to them.
I will be sharing more in-depth stories, during these next couple of days; so you can have a more clearer view of all that has taken place in my life; but mainly what I want you to take hold of today; is that it doesn’t matter what we walk through…God is ALWAYS stronger.
You know…most of us know and have memorized Philippians 4:13, which says… “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me;” but do we truly believe what this verse is saying to us? In other words…do we believe that no matter what road we walk down in life; that Christ’s strength can help us to overcome all things? I remember a time in my life, when I thought I believed that; but actually, my actions weren’t showing it. I have come to see that we can read the whole Bible and memorize every verse possible; but until we believe its truth, these words will only remain dormant within our lives.
One thing I can say to you today…and I hope and pray that it will encourage your heart; is that if I wouldn’t have applied God’s word to my life…and if I wouldn’t have been willing to let Him travel with me through these long, hard and difficult times of life; then I know without a doubt that I wouldn’t be writing you today.
You know…God’s word has a way of giving us a “wow factor;” but if we don’t work with God, to put those “wow factors” into effect; then what purpose do they serve. In other words…it’s good to believe in God’s word; but putting them into action is what brings them alive within our lives, while helping us to truly experience the wonder working power of God.
As you walk through the hard and difficult times of this life, may I encourage you to not only read God’s word; but also let His word become a survival manual…one that will walk you out of despair…and into a life brand new…a life that can free you from the past…just as it did for me.
Have a very blessed day…and I hope that you will come back and join me tomorrow…and on my birthday (Thurs.), for some very heartfelt stories on my life.
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
PS…if you would like to read the story on my life, I have an e-book/book on Amazon, titled… “My Journey with God: Walking thru Endless Moments of Affliction with a Love that Would Not Let Go.”
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain