One day, I’ll share my full testimony on here. It would probably need to be a series of testimonies, actually. For now, I’ll summarize. I knew the power of God early in my life and believed. But life happens and while trying to do MY best, I strayed from keeping Jesus at the center of my life. Having survived my teenage and young adult years without succumbing to that, I had thought I would be set for life. How wrong I was!
This song really resonates with me. I’ve searched for human approval and it didn’t fill my needs. God had to put me back together. I’ve discovered there’s nothing better than knowing that I am walking with my Lord. That truly is a peace that passes all understanding. I used to feel like a fraud and was so terrified of failure. Now, I run to Him with my failures and mistakes. I have seen His mercy and don’t have to be afraid anymore. God loves me and has a greater plan than I could ever make on my own. I’ve given Him my concerns and He turns them into blessings. I give Him ashes and He turns them to beauty. I give Him graves and He makes gardens.
If you have sorrow and mourning in your life, I encourage you to praise God for his greatness. Thank Him in advance for turning your graves into gardens and then rest in knowing that He will!
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.Isaiah 61:1-3