Today I have the pleasure of bringing you an awesome blogger, Stacy from Anchor of Promise. She is an amazing writer with a passion for our youth. Today she is sharing with us a bit about her past and how God used it to be a blessing. You can read more about her in the bio below.
Many friends I know have heard of the saying, “God always turns something bad into good” which you can find within the Bible story of Joseph and his brothers. In Genesis 50:19-21, Joseph is saying to his brothers that the evil they planned against him, God instead turned it around for good. It was not only for Joseph’s benefit but also for his brothers, the very ones who did evil in the first place.
Throughout my years, I too, wondered how God would turn the ugliness of my past and the bad things in my life into something good. At 16, a man nearly destroyed my life with manipulation, control and abuse which left me pregnant and scared. I reached out to a God I didn’t really know and placed my child for adoption. Years later, God brought into my life a wonderful husband and a traveling drama ministry to open the eyes of young girls about unplanned pregnancy.
Longing to have a family, I found that I couldn’t have children. Left broken-hearted and crying all the time, I again questioned God on how He could use this for His glory. Several years later, God double portioned me through two foreign adoptions. My girls were a delight and so began a healing over the child I placed for adoption.
With trials that come and go as you age, I found myself at a place that no woman wants to be; a two- year battle with depression. Not wanting to eat, I was down to 95 lbs. I didn’t want to socialize with anyone and I gave up on everything. I was even ignoring the pain of my girls who were going through their own crises.The time is NOW! to step into what God has called you to do. Click To Tweet
My youngest daughter’s hurts were very complex and not only was I struggling with depression, but also trying to stay afloat mentally as I dealt with her cutting, depression, suicidal thoughts and body issues. How much more could I take? I felt such shame as a parent, as a wife, as a Christian. How can anything good come from that?
Deciding to brave it, I entered a counseling center. My first assignment was to write about my depression. I chose to write it as a story within a story. After reading it, there was such an impact on the counselor that she asked permission to make copies for all the counselors so they could share with their clients. Again, God took my brokenness and turned it around for His good.
God continues to shower His favor, grace, and healing towards our family. It doesn’t matter what the circumstance or excruciating journey that I may be having, I know that He isn’t finished with my life. What I am assured of, is the fact that God truly does turn around the devastating, bad things in our lives to bring not only Him glory, but to grow us in faith and trust.
With the encouragement of my daughters, husband, and the leading of the Lord, my heart was called to support and minister to parents of teens in crisis. When I had prayed for direction, God pointed me to two different people who didn’t know me but their messages were for me.
God wants you to use your story for His glory!
Just read over and remember the stories of Joseph, Esther, Job, David and more who understood the meaning of “something bad turned into something good”. God’s purpose in all your circumstances, big or small, is bigger than what you expect. Trust in Him and He will reveal it to you in time.
For me, my question remains the same, but this time, I would like to know how He is going to answer this one – menopause! (big smile here)