Cloud covered photoAfter you make it through the initial shock of tragedy and begin to come alive again, you eventually realize there is a greater plan at work in it all. The most frustrating part is not knowing what it is.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

– Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)

We are often blind to the plan until we trip right over it and fall into something completely unexpected. This blog is a perfect example. I would have never thought to write encouragement. I never considered myself a writer.  I communicated my heart with my voice behind a keyboard to a congregation in worship – not behind a computer keyboard writing. But God had a different plan.

I began to feel like God was whispering to my heart that I was going to be speaking to women. I laughed it off, “Okay, God. Yeah. Sure.” Less than a week later I received a phone call from a former youth group student at our church asking me to share my testimony in her child development class at college. When I hung up the phone that day I felt God say right back to my heart, “Okay, yeah, sure. I told you so.”

God will often raise us from our pit of sorrows and use us to minister to a life in need. Sometimes we are a hot mess while doing it, but as long as we are allowing Him to clean that mess and use it for His glory, God doesn’t mind one bit.

In the midst of every echo of pain, we need to be vessels. He is looking for hearts willing to communicate His grace. His truth.

And if I’ve learned anything, I’ve learned that healing takes place through sharing with others what Jesus can do. When you are part of someone else’s healing, your own heart begins to mend.

Being confident of this very thing,
that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it
until the day of Jesus Christ.

– Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)

He has begun a good work in you. Even if tragedy has befallen you and shaken your entire existence, He hasn’t forgotten that work and He will be faithful to complete it.

Be confident He has a plan and He will be faithful to complete it!



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