Today I post a blog for the first time in over a year. Due to some major life changes I lost my confidence and for along time believed I no longer had anything to say or offer to anyone. I'm sure there are some who can relate. God in his gentle way let's us, for lack of better words, wallow, in our circumstances for a time but then he reminds us of how He sees us and tells us to dust ourselves off, get back up and keep going because He's there to hold our hand and guide us. I've never been so certain of and comforted by God's unconditional love as I am right now. I'm constantly amazed by His quiet yet commanding voice that speaks to my spirit..."Tressa it's time to get up and press forward." I think when life happens we believe the lie that God can't or better yet won't use us; that whatever plan He did have has now been cancelled out. In reality it's the complete opposite. God wants to use us even more, because when we lift up the shattered pieces of our life in surrender to Him, he gladly takes them and creates something so beautiful that brings Him glory.
Isaiah 61:3 says, "and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor."
As Christians, shouldn't we be doing whatever possible to point others to Jesus?! Don't hide your testimony away because Satan has tried to shame you with it. Someone out there needs to heart it.
By sulking in self pity; I isolate myself and rob myself from being who God's called me to be. Regardless of what's happened in my life His plan stands firm.
Don't let your circumstances become an excuse to quit. Let them be an opportunity for God to be God and for Him to receive all the glory.
There's Always Hope