Currently, I am working on a writing project about transformation, which I hope to share with you in the spring. In review of my life in recent years I find myself nostalgic. Old photos remind of us of a time when --- who we were, dreamed of becoming, and who we are today. Photographs are moments caught in time, that now flood our minds with memories of seasons, heartaches, heartbreaks, and joy!
In particular, this photo (below) reminds me of how far I have come in the last 10 years. Today, I have hope anchored in my soul knowing how far God will take me. God has no limits in his dreams for his children. How far he will he take YOU?
What Is your story?
(Stay with me).
I have shared before from ages 19 to 30 my life became very messy. Nearly, the subsequent decade, would be about me healing, pursing faith, letting go, and stepping into confidence. I think most of us have a story of transformation.
My life became immeasurably whole when I committed myself to prayer, to encourage others, and to tell my story of what my belief and practice of Jesus’ life has done in me.
If there’s ever a time to boast it is in all God has done and who HE will always be! I love old photos of when my siblings and I were kids because I am reminded of the joys in my childhood.
Now and then...
The picture below is from earlier this year and reminds me of the work and healing in me.
What physical picture or memory reminds you of the miracles in your life? Change doesn’t happen overnight. Healing takes time, but the fruit is peace, joy, and hope anchored beyond circumstances.
I think for my friends who do not believe in God or have a rocky history with church —- I get it. I think there is more than enough happening in our world that may lead you to think faith is not helpful. Lots of people speaking on 'behalf of Jesus' and often things church leaders say can smell a little like pooh. I am a pastor and I get it. Yet, in my experience I know so many faith leaders who are honest, vulnerable, and have INCREDIBLE stories of God's goodness in his or her life who speak truth. YOU have those stories.
I leave you with this picture of me declaring to a room of people not that I am awesome. Instead, that I have failed...been hurt...hurt people, and have been disappointed —- but God rescued me. This has made my life awesome!
My rescue didn’t start at church
My surrender started in my bedroom at my parents house with a single prayer asking God to help me.
I still make mistakes. I have bad days. I long for things that have not happened yet and become disappointed.....I cuss a little....nobody’s perfect. But I am trying. I know you are trying to live your best life everyday and God sees us! Maybe you do not have a blog or platform but you can and should declare to others the things God has done in and through you! Your story will encourage someone and we are at a time when encouragement is necessary. We need authentic stories of what God is doing in your life.
What God has done in me has made me feel MORE like me! I have so much more room to grow, but growing in Christ has made me more like myself. I pray you feel the same!
The prayer I prayed at my parents house when I was broken and all of the prayers prayed since -- He heard me.
(As a lover of literature) to quote Robert Frost “...that has made all the difference.”