I feel an unquenchable urge to tell others about what God can do in the life and heart of any person, regardless of anything that they may consider ‘too shameful’ or ‘not good enough’…
He can take ashes and make them beautiful.
He can take what you thought was permanent damage, and turn it into permanent purpose.
Choosing to accept God’s’ love was huge for me.
By doing so, I chose to believe that God loved me, that I had a purpose that exceeded far beyond the chaos that I had been so wrapped up in, and I also had never felt so vulnerable in my life.
But I have learned that God backs up his promises. He followed through. I felt a love like I had never experienced before in my life. And soon, all of my buried pain, the scary times, the uncertainty, my feelings of inadequacy, and the moments that I thought ‘defined’ me as a person all began to look and feel different.
They didn’t disappear and no, God did not magically wave years of trauma and grief and pain and addiction out of my life.
But he did take all of those things and other experiences and memories that I hated, and he turned them into things that I can now say I wouldn’t ever go back and change or make different or tweak, or skip.
He offered me contentment and a kind of healing that no one else could have offered.
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17