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Hi friends. Happy Friday! I hope you have had an amazing week.
I’m excited about today’s blog post because it comes from a friend who is so full of the love of God.
Heather Butler is an amazing writer but she is also an amazing woman. Her story runs deep into the rich roots of God’s grace and I know her post today is going to bless you so much.
PLUS, she’s got a sweet giveaway at the end.
When you were young, did you envision what your life would look like years down the road? Yeah, me too.
I would graduate college. I would fall madly in love. I would get married. I would have lots of babies. And I would write, all the time. Probably in some adorable breakfast nook with big windows. The sunlight would leak in & fall perfectly on my face while sheer brilliance flowed out of me.
I was young. I had a clean slate, fresh start at life. And all those things were going to happen the way I expected them too. I just knew it.
Along with my list of what would happen, I knew what wouldn’t.
I would never quit college. I would never be “that” insecure girl or allow a boy to measure my self worth. And I would never have a broken family.
I had a plan. And those things weren’t a part of it.
At the end of my sophomore year in college, the perfect storm hit. Each of those things did happen & they happened within months of each other. My life was turned upside down, inside out & shaken like a snow globe.
My first real boyfriend broke up with me after a year of dating. I was devastated. I put way too much of my self-worth in him. He was my world & it all began to fall apart. I was “that” insecure girl.
Living on-campus was no longer an option because my grandparents were unable to continue helping with my tuition. I had to quit college or at least put it on hold.
My parents were divorcing. I did not want to stay with my father, but I also didn’t want to move away with my mom & leave everything I knew behind. Although already emotionally broken, my family was now physically broken.
My sister was getting married to one of my best guy friends. I was thrilled for them, but they would be moving away & I would be losing my best friend & the remainder of my family.
The only things left felt like fragmented pieces of my heart, my dreams & my should-have-been life. I was alone.
And it was there, in that quiet, dark, isolated place that I heard the tender voice of my God.
“I hold your future very carefully in My hand. There is hope, restoration & joy in Me.”
I dove into His word; not as a list of dos & don’ts, but as a source to fall into to soak up all His beauty & truth. I knew that I would never again be “alone”.
He began encircling me with people that spoke life & truth into my life. One of these amazing people would one day become my best friend & husband. My God orchestrated situations down to the tiniest of details to express His love for me. In both my tears & my rejoicing, He was ever so present.
The Lord showed me that He was rebuilding the foundation of my life – one that would last. It would not have been possible unless everything from before was torn down & removed. The places of my heart that once held unhealthy, counterfeit, wavering life was now overflowing with joy, restoration & faith. True faith.
It is on that foundation that I have continued to chase God & rest in the assurance that despite my always-changing emotions & situations my God remains faithful & cannot be moved.
I am not perfect, nor will I ever be. And I in no way have life figured out or all put together. But I’m learning that perfection is overrated & that I am still beautiful to my Savior, even in my messiness. This is a journey & I’m thankful for every step.
It is God Almighty, not our actions or past, that destines us to greatness. He intertwines all things together in a miraculous way. Even the areas that are painful are a part of a large masterpiece.
So stand, dear sister & look up. Know that your imperfections & mistakes have not ruined you. You are not alone. It is those deep wounds that absorb God’s goodness & grace the most. It is in those times of emptiness & uncertainty that His presence is most tangible. They are not ugly marks in which to hide or be ashamed of. They are beautiful, deep ravines into which God’s abundant life freely flows.
I declare my God as faithful!
Thank you SO MUCH Heather for this powerful word from God.
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And today Heather is giving away a copy of the book
The 30 Day Praise Challenge by Becky Harling and a $5 Starbucks gift card!
To enter to win leave a comment sharing something you want to declare God is faithful about. Let’s make some praise noise for God today on this little blog!
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