Shani-Girl, tears came to my eyes as I read:
Each day has bought about a new lesson and we can either choose to focus on the ' look how hard my life has been' or we can choose too see the hardships as opportunities to be able to walk alongside and minister to others who are going through what you have been through.
Many years ago as a teenager, I read a book written by a woman named Ethel Barrett. I can't remember the name of the book but I remember one chapter really made an impact on me. It talked about taking those "stumbling blocks" meaning the "challenges" you have whether it be weaknesses, adversity or whatever and transforming them into "stepping stones". I remember taking that just a bit further and thinking that God takes the things which the enemy uses to try to trip us up and transforms them into stepping stones which will draw us closer to Him.
It all depends upon how we look at it. We can either trip over these "stones" and lie there in the path or we lift our hands up to God and He will help us climb up upon them and thus bring us closer to Him.
I read that book about 35 years ago never dreaming that I would need those lessons I learned nearly 30 years later.
Shani, I am smiling right now thinking about how the enemy howls when you take those situations meant to destroy you and turn them into a beautiful testimony of the love, mercy and grace of God.
The world can be an ugly place. You have made beauty from ashes, shani. You are beautiful. God Bless you for running to Jesus. He is faithful, praise God. God be with you.
This is it Honey, we grow in the midst of our storms, even if we are not aware of it at the time. Now you are in that wonderful position where youare starting to impart your wisdom to someone else who is where you once were.
And to help someone else on the raod to recovery... that is one of the greatest and most humbling tasks we can ever perform.
well done kiddo.
Oh Shani tears
I have been struggling lately and have been asking God to take away all these struggles from me. And of course He could do that. But sometimes, He allows some circumstances in our life in molding us. And though people or the enemy may intend to harm us, God will work on it for our good; for He intends to do good things to us. Thank you for your honesty here. Your testimony is a blessing. You take care out there sis!
Thank you for posting this. I am reminded to count my blessings one by one especially when things fall flat. You inspire me, courageous lady!
But the best bit, i have a God who has taken all the crap ive seen and turned it around to create something beautiful in my life and Ive been able to walk alongside girls who are walking where i have been.
Amen, Shani! Amen!
I wouldnt redo my journey at all. Whilst the hardships ive faced have been exactly that , HARD, i dont count any day as lost. Each day has bought about a new lesson and we can either choose to focus on the ' look how hard my life has been' or we can choose too see the hardships as opportunities to be able to walk alongside and minister to others who are going through what you have been through. Whilst it was not the will of God for me to experience some of these things, I feel He let me go through it all, because He can and Will heal the broken hearts and body if you will let Him.
You could not have written this any better. This should be shouted from the mountaintops!
I send my to you, especially now at the loss of your dear friend