Nothing goes to waste …

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Have you ever looked back on your life and questioned your actions? Maybe you thought, “Wow, what a waste of time.” What if it wasn’t? What if what you went through is exactly where you were to be? After all, look at Job. God gave Satan permission to move Job in every way possible. He just wasn’t allowed to take his life. So, with that thought, why couldn’t God allow those times in our life for a greater purpose, even if we thought they were mistakes?

I grew up thinking and believing I was a christian. But I didn’t come to know the Lord as my Savior until I was almost forty-four. But that doesn’t mean the Lord didn’t know who I was. In fact, He very much did. He knew me before I ever took my first breath. Just because I didn’t realize He wasn’t at my side 24/7 didn’t mean He wasn’t still present. Don’t you think each move I made He already knew about it? In fact, maybe through all those years where I was searching, He, in fact, was leading me straight to Him. Isn’t after all, our choice whether we accept Him or not? Well then, we can’t count out the fact that it would just as well be our choice of whether or not we follow Him. He is always calling. We just don’t seem to bother answering, that is until our heart is ready. Until He has prepared us and the Holy Spirit goes to work. We tend to forget, everything in God’s perfect timing.

We want everyone to be saved right now this minute. Ever ask yourself, “Why can’t they understand?” Well, just maybe their heart isn’t ready to accept yet. Just maybe the Lord is moving in them. Creating a heart willing to accept. Should we really ever count God out of anything? Doesn’t He have His hand in everything? There is nothing that touches me without first going through the hand of God. Saved or not saved.

So just think. You gotta love how God takes a part of your life that you thought was a waste of time and changes it into value. He can take a mistake and turn it around to a teaching aid. He can use our past to reach those for the future. He can turn a dream into a reality. NOTHING goes unused by God! NOTHING! You gotta love a God where ALL things are POSSIBLE!

God uses every part of our life for His good. He isn’t able to do bad. Those bad things in our lives are in fact, teaching tools. We just gotta be able to see it as that, instead of just bad timing or wasted years. I can share with you that my life is an open book. If you want to know something I will share with you. There are times in my life I look back and think, “What was I thinking? Boy, did I mess up there.” Well, even though I may have, God was still teaching me. I am able to see that today. 20/20 vision is great. Hindsight is even better, but we don’t get that view in life, do we? We get to see the right now. Too often, we get stuck in just looking back. But, in order for us to move forward, we must be able to look back and learn. Each stepping stone leads to reaching the shore.

 

Today, He is taking things in my life from long ago that I thought were all used up and creating beauty with them. He is even taking those mistakes, those heartaches and turning them into blessings to be used by others in their spiritual growth. Everything my hand pens, comes from something, somewhere, and I can tell you, it sure isn’t me. Everything we do has purpose and reason when it comes to God’s plan.

 

He is taking dreams and making them reality. He is connecting me with people today I had no idea that even existed a year ago. Our mistake in life? We simply don’t dream big enough! God doesn’t want us to be simple minded. He wants us to look beyond ourselves and see His capabilities. He wants us to take our eyes off the, “I can’t”, and place it on the, “HE can!”

 

All those times tears stained my cheeks were times of growth. What I thought was stalemate, God brought to movement and possibility. Just because we can’t see beyond today, doesn’t mean, He isn’t working in our lives for tomorrow. After all, won’t we all have a legacy? It’s just up to us on what it says. God wants to use up every part of our lives for His glory and honor. When we begin to see that nothing goes unused, it changes our perspective doesn’t it? We then begin to see hope in everything. After all, isn’t that the very thing God wants us to see? In Him we have hope. We have the hope of letting go of yesterday with the peace that He is going to bring today a great purpose that will leave our hope in tomorrow for others to see.

  

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:13

 

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will find Me.”

Jeremiah 29:11-12

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About Jesus is a safe harbor

I am a follower of Jesus. I am a grateful delivered woman who was once an addict, but now God has restored me and renewed me. I have been redeemed and remade by our Creator through salvation of His Son, Jesus Christ! I just want to share what God has done in my life that you may have the opportunity to experience the same joy He gave me. I give God all the glory for everything in my life for I couldn't accomplish anything apart from Him. If ye shall know the truth, the truth shall set you free, John 8:32. He puts people in my life that help me and gives me the opportunity to help another. I am never surprised by his love and blessings. God has placed a confidence and love in myself that I have never had before… so "Thank you God".. for the many True Blue Christians you have put in my life and for all the blessings you bestow on me daily. I have not come this far without lots of prayers and the help and love of my true friends and family and I thank you God for those special people in my life. You are 100% my Savior! I will forever have your name on my lips. I realize now with lots of prayer and reading of the Word… that all the answers were here for me and I never asked the questions. Although I still struggle daily with other life’s daily cards that are dealt, I have an attitude now of “NO MATTER WHAT “– I will praise You, Lord~~~through my storms and my triumphs! I have much more to share and would love to answer any questions anyone may have for through all my trials what has come to be is that I want to help others to see what I didn’t see and hopefully prevent the same hurts, guilt, shame and woes that I had to deal with and give them the best gift of all… JESUS! I believe it's important that we know who we are in God ... We are a one of a kind and God has made us like no other for a purpose- His purpose. Yes, bad things happen and yes, we make poor choices, but we don't have to continue to make them. God's mercies are new each day. Once we realize, know and most importantly believe who we are in Christ, that we are a child of God, we are not an accident, and whatever the circumstances before us each day no matter what they are... God gives us the choice and the power of Him to choose right and live right. We no longer have to live in the past, but in the present and look with expectation to the future with God by our side guiding us and directing our steps. He is our strength and our hope needs to reside in Him. Let his power and love work in your life today and see that life does not have to be the way you are living now. He wants to help you, but you have to let him. He can't make us come to him, he is not lost - WE ARE! Please share this blog with others to encourage them for the glory of God!
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