How is God at work in your life today? In your failures and trials, you can trust God is present, even through your tragedies of life. The key is learning how to lean into Him during times you may feel you may have failed. You know the old saying…If I knew then what I know now I sure would’ve done things differently, right? But that isn’t God at Work and I’m sure all have made that statement numerous times.
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- How Can You Turn Your Mess Into A Greater Message for Other People?
- Pay Attention to the Holy Spirit’s Conviction
- Don’t choose the easier path
- God is Working behind the scenes
- Be Transparent No Matter How Hard: Suicide Attempt
- Help for Suicide Prevention Hotline
- God Protects His Children
- Heed the warnings
- Things Happen for a reason beyond our human comprehension
- God Can use you: Surrender to God
- Give all your worries to God
- Don’t Second Guess Yourself
- Your Testimony Will Impact Others
- Be Real: Don’t Hold Back
- A Personal relationship With Jesus Isn’t About Perfection
- Why Does God Allow Suffering Bible Verses
- Has God Turned Your Mess Into a Greater Message?
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At times, however, it’s so incredibly hard to see God at work when in our minds we can’t get past the mistakes that we have made.
We have all done and said things, we so desperately wished we hadn’t and then we live with shame, remorse, guilt, and the list can go on and on. So How is God at work through tragedies?
Sadly, we become slaves to the bondage of our failures and we can’t seem to find a way to let them go, or more importantly, forgive ourselves. It has taken much time and prayer to get through some of the hardest and most challenging times in my life.
God’s grace and sovereignty sustained me through difficult seasons even when I doubted God’s goodness. I want to take you through 10 Powerful points on how God is working through tragedies.
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How Can You Turn Your Mess Into A Greater Message for Other People?
The worst mistake I’ve ever made in my life is turning my back on God! Oh, how making this statement pains my soul to admit. Unfortunately, it’s too many times to count I’m afraid.
Those who know me now must be thinking, YOU? No way! You see I allowed situations and circumstances to come between myself and my Savior for years.
Pay Attention to the Holy Spirit’s Conviction
One is where I lived for almost fifteen years in an abusive marriage. At the time my faith stated you should NOT be divorced. Period!
That being said, I become shattered to the point that I have no self-esteem whatsoever even to this day. After a while, you start believing all the lies and negativity bombarding you.
Don’t choose the easier path
At the time I put the blame on anything and anyone but myself. Sure my life in this timeframe I could have chosen NOT to let the issues get in the way. Out of fear I chose the easy road and gave up.
God is Working behind the scenes
God does not promise us a life without heartache and pain but he does promise to be there with us though. But I willingly walked away over and over. I want to share powerful points on God is working behind the scenes in my life.
Be Transparent No Matter How Hard: Suicide Attempt
One night, I did the unthinkable. Simply stated I did NOT want to live anymore. I found myself completely broken and beaten down, the pain endured became too much, and in my mind, I couldn’t take one more day.
Isolation from my family left me feeling I had no way out. I thought, Surely God must have decided he didn’t love me anymore, right?
He could fix this but he didn’t. I couldn’t see God at work in this and thought I deserved to be abused, and the fault went to me for this happening. So, I took a whole bottle of strong narcotics.
I don’t even remember where they came from. All I know is I found myself at the lowest point of rock bottom I ever felt in my life and wanted to crawl under the covers and not wake up.
Help for Suicide Prevention Hotline
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God Protects His Children
God doesn’t give up on HIS children and he had other plans for me. I know without a doubt if I had gone to bed I’d be dead. God saved me from me.
Friends, talking about a wake-up call. Scary to think back now on how close I truly came to meeting God and not being ready to do so.
Heed the warnings
Let me tell you about a special baby boy. Tyler, my first Grandchild. He’s such a happy, healthy baby. My husband and I live five hours from my hometown in Kentucky where most of my family still lives.
We had gone to visit twice and we went for a third visit. We couldn’t get enough of our new little bundle of joy. I cannot put into words how this time the visit…completely different.
When we went to tell everyone our goodbyes we saved my daughter and Tyler for last. When I went to pick Tyler up and I got the most somber feeling to blast me and I started crying so hard I got my husband, daughter, and Tyler’s daddy all crying.
I couldn’t understand why I didn’t want to let Tyler go. At one point my daughter Becky said, “For goodness sake Mom, it’s not like you’re never going to see him again laughing at me for being so emotional. Reluctantly, we said our goodbyes.
Things Happen for a reason beyond our human comprehension
Needless to say, the ride back to NC became difficult. Little did my daughter know at the time this is my last time seeing Tyler. Four days later my Precious Grandson passed of SIDS.
Tyler is only 4 1/2 months old at this time. With my entire being, I know without a shadow of a doubt God prepared me beforehand for Tyler’s death. There’s no other explanation.
Even so, I became so angry and mad at God! How can a loving God take my first grandchild from me? I told him have I not suffered enough? HOW DARE YOU!
God, I want nothing to do with you! Wrong to say, I know but I was hurting so much.
Long story short when you lose a child or grandchild time is what you need. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen overnight. Does the pain ever go away? I’m not gonna sugarcoat it…No, but you do have hope of seeing your loved ones again, in Heaven through Christ.
Over time the pain lessens somewhat and you learn to move on. Are there days when Tyler’s loss overwhelms me? Absolutely! However, I wouldn’t wish this loss and grief on anyone.
God Can use you: Surrender to God
Years later Mike and I are finally able to put this behind us and everything couldn’t be better. My Church does God at Work video testimonies and our Pastor asked one of our Worship Team Leaders to see if Mike and I would be willing to be featured in a God at Work segment.
This is a video testimony of your life before and after coming to Christ that they show during service. They told us to discuss the process and let them know our answer. That doesn’t sound so bad right?
Give all your worries to God
Our church is no small facility and they have two services. Our Friends and members of the church will know EVERYTHING about our life. After agreeing to do this doubts about doing so ran rapidly through my mind with questions such as…
- What will they think of me breaking my marriage vows?
- Will they look down on me because I attempted suicide?
- Will they think I won’t be a good enough Christian example to use because I turned my back on God again and again?
- If word gets back to my ex-husband, will I have to suffer the consequences and endless questioning?
Don’t Second Guess Yourself
Your Testimony Will Impact Others
I told Mike I’m not so sure I can do this. But in the end, we aren’t supposed to fear men and how they may perceive us. We are to be more concerned with pleasing God!
We never know how we will be used for God in the lives of others. I Prayed and said dear God, show us you want Mike and me to do this because, in the end, I want to Honor YOU and for YOU to be Glorified.
This isn’t about ME. This is about God at Work! Someone watching may see our video testimony and come to know YOU. Sweet Peace filled my heart, and I knew my husband and I did the right thing.
Be Real: Don’t Hold Back
How can we ever expect anyone to come to know Jesus if we are not willing to be open and honest about what God has brought us? Overcoming challenges in life will open doors you never thought would be positive.
People think they need to get their “act together” first before committing to God. People have this misguided concept that Christians are perfect, which we aren’t and never will be on this side of eternity!
A Personal relationship With Jesus Isn’t About Perfection
If you’re waiting for you to get “Perfect” you’re going to be waiting for a long time because it will NEVER happen. Jesus Christ alone is complete total perfection.
As Christians, we are called to share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and tell how he’s changed us from the inside out. We are all sinners saved through God’s Grace alone, through Faith alone, not by works.
Jesus gave His life, as a ransom for all so you and I would not face God’s wrath. He died a death he did not deserve but we do.
You and I don’t deserve God’s Grace and Mercy but he freely gives it to you because he loves you that much. Christians are NOT exempt from suffering this side of Heaven.
Why Does God Allow Suffering Bible Verses
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance. Romans 5:3
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance. 1 Peter 4:19
We are given one chance in one life and we need to live it in such a way that matters most. Tell others about the saving grace of Jesus Christ and how he will break every chain that holds you captive. There’s no better way to see God at work than to see chains breaking.
Has God Turned Your Mess Into a Greater Message?
Sweet Friends, we will all carry a lot of baggage. Here’s a video from Skit Guys about baggage and how to let it go! YOU HAVE GOTTA WATCH! You’ll thank me later.
May God Be Glorified In ALL Things
If you can handle this southern country girl’s voice I am attaching the video my Church did and I hope it speaks to your heart. The video displays how God has worked in our lives.
How’s God at work in your life today? Remember through your failures and trials. Has God rewritten your story? I’d LOVE to hear about it
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