This earth-shattering news broke me. I cried out to God for answers and felt no immediate response. In this time of waiting, the Lord was shaping me. He brought me to my knees and filled my heart with hope and a peace unlike anything I had experienced. About a month ago, when I received the worst news yet, God strategically placed me among two friends who lovingly lifted me up and reminded me of the Lord’s purpose.
Being ourselves seems so simple, but it is very hard when we do not know what makes us….us. In the past it was hard for me to be myself until I learned who I truly am in Christ. I know that it sounds strange, but we have to learn who God says we are so we can be the best versions of ourselves.
While you’re in the waiting season, remember that God is working. When He tells you “no,” stand firm in knowing that His promises will be fulfilled, in His way and in His timing. Hebrews 10:36 tells us to “persevere so that when we have done the will of God, we will receive what He has promised.”
Seeking God's vision for our lives is not only important, it's what he desires for his sons and daughters. Sometimes as we seek to carry out His vision, we find ourselves getting lost in the process. As we learn to plant our roots and build a firm foundation in Christ, He will give us the tools necessary to carry out His vision for our lives.
Often times we view forgiveness as a daunting task and associate many negatives emotions with it. Although forgiveness may not be easy, with Christ, it's possible. Forgiveness is a choice we have to make, and it's important to understand that when we choose to forgive, we are only more equipped to share that experience and offer wisdom to someone else who might be seeking that truth.
We've all experienced hurt at some point in our lives. Before we can ever begin to heal from those hurts, we must recognize the pain we've felt. Although dealing with our hurts may be difficult, God is waiting for us with his arms wide open and ready to walk with us through the process.
She walked through the doors of Mercy, pregnant and certain that everything in her life was fine, and nothing was broken. God began stirring in Michelle Thorne's heart showing her that there was more to life than she knew and only true freedom was found in Him. Michelle found a friend in Christ, a friend that continues to carry her each and every day.
In a world that moves a million miles a second, it's easy to follow suit. For those of us that have a heart for helping people, it's easy to get wrapped up in the fast paced lifestyle that seems so prominent among many and forget about our own personal needs. We must remember that our own personal health is important and without being healthy ourselves, we can't offer our best to anyone else.
Often times we feel uncertain about offering up our wisdom because we ourselves still feel broken. What we forget, or sometimes don't even realize, is that God uses our past experiences for His glory. God will continue to work in our lives and bring us healing and calls us to share those good works with others.
Many of us have used the phrase "I understand" when speaking to a friend, family member, or someone we are mentoring. While those words can come from a place of love, "I understand" is not something we are actually capable of doing. Mercy staff, Katie, expands on this and explains why we should think twice before ever using those words again.