Thursday, April 24, 2014

My Story

The writing prompt for this Whitespace Thursday is "Your Story."  I feel as though I've already told my story on this blog!  I've shared my testimony and how God has been gracious to me over the trials of the past few years.

'Capturing - Avia Venefica' photo (c) 2012, Avia Venefica - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/But let me tell you what's new.  My husband and my mom have both had significant medical issues in the past week or so.  In combination with everyday stress, it has me feeling as though I'm being pulled in five different directions.

Even though I've had frantic moments, I've generally been at peace with all of it.  I still have the joy of the Lord.  I'm thankful that these challenges didn't arise while I was in the middle of my own medical "stuff."  And I am confident that God has used my own struggles to prepare me for this.

I am living, breathing, walking, talking proof of Romans 5:1-5 (italics added):
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
I know that everything God does is for a purpose.  While I was climbing the mountain every day, I did not understand what that purpose could possibly be.  Now I understand at least part of it.

As many have said, God does not waste our pain.  Amen?

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4 comments :

  1. "God does not waste our pain." Yes, I want to say Amen, though sometimes my heart doesn't feel in that place...

    I looked back at your testimony, Melissa. I love how you described your relationship with Jesus as a change "more like a sunrise than like a flip of a light switch." Sounds so beautiful. :)

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  2. Lovely post on keeping your peace and hope in a crisis. When the enemy comes against us, Jesus keeps a firm grip doesn't He! God bless.

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  3. While I was climbing the mountain every day, I did not understand what that purpose could possibly be. Now I understand at least part of it.


    It is that feeling you describe above that puts me in awe of God.

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  4. God does not waste our pain is something I need to remember
    thanks

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