In my woman’s small group last night, I gave my testimony.
It took lot’s of kleenex and even more Twizzlers.
Let’s just say my life has never been boring or predictable. No. It’s actually been terribly messy… right from the start.
While I was piecing it all together to share, it was heartbreaking to see so many seasons of abuse, bad choices, and wrong motives. In my earlier years, I was hateful, hurtful, prideful and at the same time insecure, scared and deeply hurt.
Sisters, the fact that I am able to type this to you is proof positive we serve a mighty God.
I wrote a devotional a few days ago about how God is able to use anyone for His work. In it, I shared that our past failures and our present struggles don’t knock us off His list.
Our human-ness is no barrier for Him.
As I was sharing my life’s story last night, that statement came back to me and I felt such gratitude to God. Rather than write me off, He pulled me from the pit.
He restored me.
And believe me when I tell you that there was a LOT to restore.
That’s good news for you. Why? Because if God can work with my shady past, you’ve got it made. God took a broken woman with a life littered with sin and cleaned her up.
- He forgave me
- He restored my heart
- He turned my perspective from victim to victorious
- He changed my defeat into my toolbox
- He filled me with love and joy
- He blessed me with God-pointing family and friends
- He gave me an insatiable hunger for Him
- He called me into a powerful ministry
- He continues to open doors and clear paths
How do I know that it was God’s hand in all this and not a stroke of luck or my own effort? Because there are no human hands strong enough to have transformed me from a self-centered mess to a joy-filled Jesus girl. None.
Freedom from your past is possible. I’m the poster child for that truth.
I wonder… are you looking for a way out of your bad decisions and defiant choices but don’t know where to start? Pray this:
Father, I need you! Please come and restore my life because I don’t know what to do. I’m not who I want to be. I confess that I am a sinner and that I am not walking the path that leads to You. Please help me get there! I submit to Your ways and Your will and am eager to begin my new life with you. Amen.
Sisters, give God a shot.
I mean… what have you got to lose?