On pain, healing, hope, and writing a book

Monday, May 30, 2016

Sometimes when I look back over my life, I see pieces of my story that are too hard to think about let alone share. A story that sometimes looks more like a Dateline episode or is made for TV more so than my actual life. And then there are the parts that seem so mundane, there's nothing to write home about. But that’s the beauty of the Cross, and Jesus, and Grace. He calls us out upon the waters. He calls me to the places of my heart that I have hidden so deeply it hurts to go there. 

I can’t think of a single thing that God asks us to do in the Bible that isn’t hard. And as I pour back over my life and sow the pieces in to this book, I realize some of these old wounds are still healing. If I'm being honest, there are some that are still pretty raw. Exposing wounds and pain and all the ugly, being transparent is more than hard. But I choose walking in obedience over pride any day. Because He opens those wounds, He takes us there to heal and to rewrite our pain in to something beautiful. He takes you there to break you, pour you out, refine you, and redeem you. He has the ability to love someone so much that He is willing to break them only to remake them.

There are those who have seen far worse. And there are those who don't feel their story is great enough, that God can't use their story. 

Let me tell you something. God desperately wants you to take your pain, however big however small, and use it to give others hope. 


That is love.


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