Wow, what a day! A day I cannot go without posting about! My God is amazing! What God taught me this morning was the icing to the cake of all He has done today!
As I posted earlier this month, Katherine and Jay Wolf are amazing! I seriously get my socks blown off every single time they speak! So much wisdom and so much JOY in the hope we have that anchors us! It’s amazing to have watched all these years the joy they have had in the hard times and in the good times. I had already planned to be there this morning when I found out my friends Ryan and Philann, our GT missionary family, were speaking in Sunday School. I jumped for joy when I saw how much the Lord’s hand was in placing me right where I needed to be. Especially when I raced to Vaughn Forest after Sunday school to walk in right as Dr. Kevin was saying 2 Corinthians 1:4, the last verse I posted last night and the verse the Lord has made more real to me over the last three months than anything ever. The last 10 minutes I got of Dr. Kevin’s sermon was complete confirmation of all He had taught me through Katherine and Jay and Ryan and Philann this morning. I honestly stood there amazed.
Abide in Him in all you do! In this world you will have troubles, but take heart I have overcome the world! Adjust your expectations! Expect more from God, less of the world. We allow ourselves more pain when we expect so much from the world and so little from God. Anchor yourself in the HOPE He has given! He will not waste pain. He will use what this broken terrible world has caused us and He will move mountains, impact eternity and change lives forever. If your passion is solely your family, your stuff, your relationships, even your ministry, you’ve missed it. Our passion should be Jesus Christ! Through Him is where we find any other passion. Do not take your eyes off of God. You will fall, you will fail. You look more at your family, your worldly success, etc. than you look at Christ, you will fall. He is the only way you are standing. He is the only success we need! He has won the victory! He wears the victor’s crown!! What satan meant for harm, God will ALWAYS use for good! He will use you in your pain to make the biggest impact, if you just let Him! I have seen the most amazing things come May they see Him and not me! out of the darkest times. Katherine said something today, and I wish I could direct quote it, that I’ve always tried to say but I’ve never quite gotten it out the way I’ve wanted. Is this the life I thought I would have? Is the life I would ever pray to have? No. But I’m here. This is what I’ve got. I can’t change it. I cannot take away the hurt and pain, but I can let God use it. I can let God use me. You can do the same. We can’t change our circumstances but we can change the way we look at them and we can change the outcome of them! Don’t let satan have it! God has this! He will never let you go!
God has surrounded me with so many amazing people who encourage me and support me! I love today that when I was asked if I had someone who mentored me growing up, I could say “So many and so many still are.” Today I had someone tell me they could not believe they were sitting next to me because they had stalked me all over the internet. Later, I had someone tell me they were hearing so much about me they googled me. WHAT? I remember googling myself and all my friends growing up to find nothing. I never thought I’d ever be told that someone googled me. (Then I googled myself.) Who do I owe all the money to? Seriously, I am blown away. I only tell you these things not because I think I am anything famous but because my God is famous!! Only God can move, only God can use complete brokenness and utter darkness to bring light to this fallen world! What satan meant for harm, God WILL use for good!! He WILL and wants to use you!! The question is Are you willing?? He is waiting!
“John answered, “It’s not possible for a person to succeed—I’m talking about eternal success—without Heaven’s help…. That’s why my cup is running over. This is the assigned moment for Him to move into the center, while I slip off to the sidelines.” John 3:27, 30