When Your Mess Becomes Your Message

When Your Mess Becomes Your Message

September 24, 2013

“Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” (Jeremiah 17:14 NIV)

For twenty years, my brother was absent from our family because of drug addiction. Countless times, we thought he was dead; according to drug abuse statistics, he should have been. However, my brother is living proof that God is in the restoration business. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you’ve done, or what has been done to you. God is willing and able to turn any tragedy into triumph.

After entering many treatment programs with hopes of success and end results of failure, my brother finally found the answer: Jesus. It wasn’t until he met the Lord that he experienced lasting healing and life change. Suddenly, all things became new.

My brother didn’t have the strength, willpower, or ability to free himself from bondage, but that changed when he surrendered his life to Christ. The same is true for us. No matter what the bondage is—drugs, lust, gluttony, pride, anger, or fear—until we renounce our sickness and surrender to Christ, we will never experience freedom. On the other hand, when we are willing to give King Jesus our mess, He turns it into our message. And that’s exactly what happened to my brother. Not a day goes by that my brother doesn’t look for opportunities to brag on God and share His message of hope.

Such an opportunity arose one evening when my sister, brother, and I met together for dinner at a local restaurant. Our server was twenty-six-year-old Tiffany. Right away, we noticed two things about Tiffany. She had a natural gift for putting people at ease, and she was very pregnant. While we enjoyed her kind service, we had no idea that God would soon call us to serve her.

It started when my sister refused to allow my brother to pay for her dinner. While my sister loves to give to others, she’s not so good at receiving. I, on the other hand, understood that it gave my brother great pleasure to pick up the check. The Lord knows I didn’t want to deny him his blessing!

Poor Tiffany found herself caught in the middle. Eager to win her over to his side, my brother said to Tiffany, “You see, I was a drug addict for years. During that time, my sisters did a lot for me. Now, I just want to bless them.”

Tiffany’s eyes widened. “You were a drug addict?” she inquired. “I would have never guessed.”

“Yes, I was,” my brother replied. “But Jesus changed all that.” Then he told Tiffany his life-changing story.

“I went from being lost to being found; from being homeless to being a homeowner; from being an employee to owning my own business; from being bound by drugs to being set free in Christ.”

Tears filled Tiffany’s eyes as we shared God’s love with her. That’s not all. Later that week, we confirmed God’s love to her by presenting her with a gift for her baby.

When you and I—like my brother—allow God to turn our mess into our message, He not only changes our lives, but He changes the lives of others too.

Dear Lord, Your mercy astounds me. Give me opportunities to speak of Your hope so others may know Your goodness and salvation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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No matter what your bondage, surrendering it to Christ is the pathway to freedom.

What steps do you need to take today to move from bondage to freedom? Reflect with gratitude on how God has turned your mess into a message that can encourage or bring life change to others.

Go for it! Write out your story of surrender and ask God to provide opportunities for you to encourage others.

Power Verses
Luke 19:10; Ephesians 2:8-9

Taken from Encouragement for Today: Devotions for Everyday Living by Renee Swope, Lysa TerKeurst and Samantha Evilsizer. © 2013 Proverbs 31 Ministries. Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com.

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  1. Read with tears. Beautiful testimony of God’s grace at work. Bless you and your lovely family.

  2. God is good all the time! He is our beautiful savior and we need to praise him every chance we get. Love the message!!

  3. This testimony touched me in a familiar way,I too have been a struggling prescription addict,its been up and down due to laziness and fleshly desires.I haven’t given up and I know that its only through the grace of GOD that I’m here right this moment.But I confess that Iam very tired of being in bondage and desire to be set free.Iam very grateful for this site and ask that prayers be sent my way.

    • Cheryl,
      I lift you up to the Father asking him to break the bondage of the addiction. Trusting that the lies of the enemy arebound Iin jesus name. I encourage you to claim the promise that PHillipians 4:13 says “I can do All Things through CHrist who strengthens me”.

      • I also like to add, as a born again believer Christ as given us power over the enemy. I to encourage you to find scriptures in the bible that will strengthen you…Romans 8:15 says ” for you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. We have to believe what God word says about us, regardless of how we feel about ourselves. I pray that God will reveal himself to you and fill you with a desire for him like never before.

    • Cheryl,
      I will say a prayer for you today. Keep seeking strength and guidance from God. God loves you and wants to help you .

    • Cheryl,
      Reading your comment broke my heart, and I prayed for you this morning. I remember the many ups and downs of my own years-long battle to break out of bondage. Keep clinging, sister – the sovereign Lord is carefully tending to each day and sovereignly purposing each step for His glory!

    • Regan Holliman says:

      I pray against the spirit of addiction in your life, and I claim freedom, in Jesus name, amen 🙂

    • Dear Cheryl,
      You have many sisters who will be lifting you up in prayer this week. I pray that you find a sister in Christ in your life to share this struggle with, so that you will have someone to talk and pray with and to and help you with accountability. If it is a serious addition, please also seek medical advice regarding withdrawal. I spent many years in bondage to drugs….I am still amazed how beautiful, thrilling, blessed and fun life is without them. Satan wants to rip usnoff with the deception that you need them and life is better with drugs, exact opposite of the truth. God says in Jeramiah 29:11 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

    • Cheryl,
      I agree with all these sisters. Reading your comment made me tear up because we’ve all been addicted and in bondage to something other than our Savior. You have made the first step by admitting you have this problem and turning to God for help. And yes, you may also need medical/professional help to break the physical addiction. Do not be ashamed to ask for help. Your heavenly Father does not condemn you. I, too, lift you up in prayer and ask for Abba Father to cover you in His grace and mercy, to hide you beneath His wings, to protect you from the evil one, and direct your path so you will be delivered from this and set free! In Jesus name.

    • Cheryl, I hope you reconize that God is reaching out to you today through these lovely ladies prayers for you. Through them, he is loving on you! I, too, am praying for you today. I invite you to visit my blog where I have written more on this subject. I pray you’ll find encouragement, strength, and freedom there. http://www.miccacampbell.com

    • Cheryl,
      You are receiving SO much prayer and warfare this morning! I wanted to share something a very godly woman shared with me when I had those days coming out of addiction that I couldn’t imagine my life being any different than it had been… Go hour to hour, little by little.. Looking so far ahead can be overwhelming and defeating, we’ve all been there. When you wake up, just try to make it to the next hour… Then the next one, then before you know it you’ve made it to lunch! With God’s grace and strength, He will empower you to make it through the day! I know it because He did it for me!

    • I struggle with many things as well and just yesterday I spoke out in anger, knowing I was wrong, but God being so loving
      And merciful simply says that he knows everything about me and yet he still loves me. He still loves you to and that kind of l
      Love is so great.

    • Cheryl,
      I was where you are now 5 years ago. I wanted the easy way out like we all do. Unfortunately when we don’t allow ourselves to be disciplined internally, external circumstances creep up on us that put us in bondage of some form. (debt, lost jobs, law enforcement etc..) and that’s what happened to me. I never lost a job but came very close to losing my job and livelihood. I lost many days just lying on the couch sleeping. It’s been almost 6 years and I’m free. My life has dramatically changed and I now have some control of my days now. I want to give you a scripture that helped me. Isaiah 55:13 says Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This is how my life has been since becoming free from addiction. The thornbushes and briers have SLOWLY fell away and there is now strength (represented by the pine) and beauty (represented by the myrtle) in my life. I will pray for you. I hope you will be able to break free from this. Just remember you don’t go from being an addict to being free and happy over night.. there are many pitfalls and you will feel bad initially but over time all that will go away. I do encourage you to seek help from AA if you haven’t done that yet. They are a spiritual group, every session is ended with the Lord’s prayer and there is support and understanding there. Don’t think that because we are RX drug users that we are any different from those folks.. When you see someone you think “well at least I’m not that bad”.. remember the disease is progressive and left unchecked you may end up where that person is. Count your blessings that your not there but let it be a huge warning to you that the possibility exist for you to be there too. I’m praying for you. In Christ Love, Lisa

  4. Praise God!! Thank you for sharing your story and your encouragement. God is in control, we just have to give our control to HIM.

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  6. My husband and I went through a very tough time in our marriage seven years ago. We both almost gave up. It was because of our young son that we hung on and kept trying. Shortly after, we got involved in a very live-giving type of church and there, we learned God’s biblical design for our marriage. We learned how to serve each other in our marriage and got involved in a small group with other couples. Now, our marriage is thriving and we have three beautiful children, and we lead a couples small group and serve as discipleship counselors for other couples who are in crisis. God took our past and turned it into a passion for helping hurting couples. It is because of what we’ve been through that God can use us as a tool in His mighty design to heal broken marriages. God wants to turn all of our messes into His message and our tests into a testimony if we will just allow Him to work.

    • I love how God uses events in our life that seem hopeless and turns them around for His glory!

    • What a beautiful testimony, Amy. Thank you for shaing it with us. And thank you for sharing you story with others. God is using you both to heal others!! Oh, how I love to watch God work!!

  7. Awesome testimony – it’s so humbling and awe-inspiring when God not only forgives, but redeems our sinful past to be a platform for sharing His glory with others! I too have been freed from the slavery of addiction, and wholeheartedly agree that surrender to Christ is key! Thank you for sharing.

  8. Sonia Hodges says:

    God is so good!! He uses the worst parts of us to reveal His light. Thank you : )

  9. What an awesome story. I love to hear how God changes lives. If we allow Him to. I just read in my devotionals about God using broken vessels & He uses the ones with cracks in them to let His light shine through. Thank you for sharing your story.

  10. I’m 46 and got married for the first time 8 months ago. My husband on the other hand had been married once before, another story in itself. It was a hard life for him but I tell him it was Gods way of preparing him for our life together. Anyway, in that time of learning for him he lost just about everything he had tried to build up. We’ve been talking and hearing a lot about Gods restoration power. Every morning he does his devotion and I of course do my proverbs 31. I went into the kitchen where he was cooking breakfast like he does every morning and his devotion was blaring out of his phone. Rev Ron was preaching on Gods Restoration power. God will restore what the devil took from us. I knew this was a Wordche needed to hear. Then I come to my devotion and your God given word is telling God will restore and also allow us to use our Mess as our Message. Thank you so much. My word coinciding with his word. Wow what an awesome God we serve.

    • I love when God speaks the same message to me and my spouse too. It’s confrimation He is at work in our lives!! Thank you for sharing, Sherry!

    • Wow! Your story is soooo similar to mine including marrying at 46 (my first, his second…and his first marriage too was “another story in itself”.) I am encouraged by your testimony of “anticipated” restoration and the confirmation of it through the devotionals both you and your husband received on today – AWESOME. I too believe God will not only restore but will do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. He is a God of more than enough! Blessings to you my Sister.

  11. Awesome, awesome post. Thank you for sharing. You touched my heart.

  12. I read a statement by Blackaby in my Bible study this morning that fits well here: “The greater the awareness & experience of Christ’s love, the deeper the motivation to serve the Lord.” I want to be more aware of & experience His love more to have that deeper motivation. Your brother is a terrific example of this truth in action.

  13. I’m messed up…about to give up on my marriage, i dont see myself as anything, i dont know anything good about myself, only that i am a useless mother and wife. i dont like to have conversations with people because im not intelligent enough to understand. i look at my children and it breaks my heart knowing that i have never really help them get through the tough things in life, because I’m busy trying to figure out how be a mother. i hardly ever talk because im embarrassed of who i am. God help me im confused.

    • Jane–I am praying for you. Remember that you are first and foremost a priceless child of the one true living God. No matter how you view yourself, he sees you as a princess. He knows every hair on your head and he cherishes every tear that you shed.

    • Nancy Silvers says:

      Jane-I am praying for you-you are a precious child of the King of kings and Lord of lords. He LOVES you and wants to walk with you through your everyday life. Please, please sign up for the next Proverbs 31 ministries on line Bible Study “A Confident Heart” I promise you, you will not be dissappointed. You will learn much about who you are in Christ AND it will connect you with caring women all over the country and the world. Doing Proverbs 31 on line studies have changed me and my out look on life and I know you will benefit from them too. Oh and please do not listen to that voice that says you are not smart enough, God meets you right where you are. Love you sweet sister in the Lord!

    • Dear Jane, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt the same way–messed up! In truth, we’re all messed up. We all have doubts, fears and insecurities. You are not alone!! I want you to know that God sees you just as you are and loves you beyond measure! He is your answer to partening and purpose. I agree with Nancy. You need to be in bible study. When you know the truth, you’ll stop believing the lies about yourself. Also, in a bible study group you meet women just like you and me. They will love you, teach you and walk with you. God can restore the years! I’m praying you’ll have the courage to join a study today!!

  14. Thank you for sharing your brothers story, for reminding us that God can use our messes.

  15. Nancy Silvers says:

    I love your devotion today. You see, I was lost too and thanks be to Jesus Christ I have been healed of my addictions for almost 14 years. God has taken this girl who self medicated her emotional pain and caused her to be addicted to Jesus. As some might say “she cleans up pretty good” so when I have an opportunity to share my testimony I love the reactions of those who are just starting out on their journey w/o substances. Often I hear “YOU were a DRUG addict! Naw I can’t beleive that!” and I get to say yep I was-I was lost but now I am found-blind but now I see and you can too. God is SO merciful and amazing!

  16. Loved this devotional for today. When my husband struggled with adultery and alcoholism, I finally reached my bottom, realized I needed help and God answered my prayer delivering me to a Celebrate Recovery group, where I knew I needed to be. God worked on my control, enabling, fixing (otherwise known as codependency) and was changing me. My husband was seeing a change in me and decided to get help and he’s 4 years sober this week! God can take an impossible situation full of mess and turn it into HIS message!

  17. Laurie Olson says:

    He gives beauty for ashes. Our family has been sifting ashes for awhile. I am living confident that I will have a victorious testimony on the “other side” of the mess. I can’t wait until God uses our trials to bless someone else.

  18. Oh what a story. God is just so awesome. All we have to do is surrender to him and he will heal us and make our life anew. I want people to know that going through Born to be Free and Finding Balance has healed me of so much pain and sorrow. If anyone needs deliverance the Lord is the answer. Surrender to Jesus and he will heal. If you goggle both these 12 step programs you will be healed and give the glory to the Lord. Born to be Free is for addictions and co dependents and Finding Balance is for eating disorders. I pray that many may find the freedom that only Jesus gives.

  19. Debi Schuhow says:

    This morning,I read the first two lines and an involuntary “Oh My God” escaped from my mouth. This is soooooo what I needed to hear this morning! God is so tender towards me.

  20. As I awoke this morning to the reality that my son is going to court to face a prison term for embezzlement due to this over 15 year drug addiction, I find hope. He knows Jesus, he’s just living on his own self-will. I have my own issues to and as I pray for my son today (whom has decided he needs nothing nor wants anything from me, not even my prayers), I lift him up before the Father, who loves Him so. I pray that both He and I will know the love of God and one day our mess will turn into a message of hope for others. To let him go is the hardest thing I’ve every done. But with God’s help, I can do all things. It shouldn’t have been this way but it is and this is my reality that I must accept however painful. He is in God’s hands. Every moment I begin to worry about him, I turn my worry into a prayer for his protection. I’m trusting God that all things will work together for my good for I put my hope and trust in Him to make things right, however He decides. My heart aches. My heart grieves. It just wasn’t supposed to be this way.

    • Dear Rochelle,
      No child; no person was ever meant to live in addiction. But we live in a fallen world where the enemy is out to destory and kill us. Praise Jesus when he said, “In this world we will face trouble, but take heart. I have overcome the world!” Keep trusting. God sees more than you can see. Often times what looks bad to us is really God at work.
      Rochelle, I also want you to know that as you hurt, God hurts. He cares about our concerns and troubles. Keep giving your worries to Him. Really let go and trust and you’ll experience peace until the storm is over. Praying for you today.

  21. Wow! I feel like my mess has me living like a mess. I feel like my marriage is slowly unraveling daily. I am afraid to say anything to my husband about how I feel because I don’t want him angry at me. We have grown so distant with each other (no children) and have been married almost 30 years. He is into his career and getting satisfaction there that I feel like he has forgotten about us. So I feel like I am living in a mess and I don’t want this to be my message. I want complete and total restoration from God!

    • Debbie,
      Read Amy’s comments above. She was in a struggling marriage. They found a church that taught the bibical design for marriage. They learned how to serve one another and so on. God’s plan changed their mess into a message of renewal. I would talk to your spouse about your feelings. He may not have a clue how you’re feeling. Invite him to visit a counselor. Or read the book, Perparing for Marriage, by Dennis Rainey. Don’t let the title fool you since you’re already married. In this book, Dennis lays out the biblical plan for marriage. My husband and I read it and it changed our marriage. Praying for you today.

  22. I have been desperately seeking to find some sort of understanding in a struggle I have been going through for most of my adult life. I love how just when I am finally releasing it to God, He shows up in the devotions I read. Just last night and then again this morning confirming it. My addiction is not to drugs but it might as well be since I feel like I am bound by the same type of affliction. I know that God is using this to teach me something, I just need to press in deeper and let him heal me.

    • That’s right Sonya, God longs to heal you and his healing is available today. Whenever you’re ready it’s a matter of surrendering your addiction to God and NOT pick it back up. I use to be a smoker. I had asked my pastor to pray for me to quit. He said he didn’t neet to. That when I decided to love God more than my addiction, I would be free from the bondage. I joined a bible study to learn about God. The more I feel in love with him the easier it was to let go. I’m praying for you today.

      • Thank you for these words. I know God is speaking to me just like I have asked Him to. Many of the words you chose are words I have been saying to God and there is no way you could have known that! This very morning as I was getting ready for work I prayed and told God it is all his. I am laying everything down at his feet and I am trading it in for His joy. I am walking away and will not be going back for it!

  23. So very encouraging and true this devotional. I have been stuck in a place of bondage for 13 yrs, still not free. Tried everything, I am a Christian and study God’s Word daily, led bible studies, pray and confess etc. Just seem to fall all the time. Oh to be free one day.

    • DD-
      I feel your pain!! I, too, have been stuck in bondage for 20+ years. I surrender it all to God, but the temptations are too strong, I give in and get frustrated, surrender it to God AGAIN and on and on and on… My relationship with Christ is closer than its ever been, I can identify Satan’s lies, but I still give in. I “know” that God doesn’t give me more than I can handle….but I’m really struggling with seeing it really happen in my life…

      I truly believe that we grow stronger in our faith thru difficult times, I’ve experienced it over and over again…but not with my addiction. As I keep telling God – I have plenty of opportunities to “grow” in with the struggles of my almost non-existent relationship with my husband, and trying to raise an extremely difficult child as 2 parents who aren’t on the same page, or even in the same book…

      I just want to be FREE from this sugar addiction, now!

    • DD, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve prayed to be free as well as my brother. Today, we both realize that freedom comes when we daily surrender those things that want to hold us in bondage and feed on God’s Word. Freedom come when we love God more than our addiction and we’re willing to surrender our will for His. Then to stay strong, we must speand time with God each day. Without a daily walk with God, we’ll fall back into bondage. It’s a battle between our flesh and spirit. The Bible taught me that if I live by the Spirit, I will not gratify my fleshly desires. Praying God’s freedom comes quickly.

  24. Really an awesome touching testimonial. I wish I could say the same happened for my Mom and Dad passing away when I was 7 and 14. Now I can only say that my trials have made me strong and independent and always counting on The Lord my Father to be there for me. I do not know where I would be without him, but I wouldn’t be the person I am today. SO thankful and blessed for his grace!!

  25. My son makes very poor choices in all areas of his life and is now in the process of his 3rd divorce. He lies about anything and everything and he does not seem to be able to distinguish between what is true and what is a lie. Lying has cost him dearly throughout his lifetime but he does not seem to be able to understand how his lies have separated him from relationships with his family and friends, or what role lying played in being terminated from places of employment. He portrays to others untruths about himself for whatever meets the need and purpose of the moment.
    Wife No. 3 is addicted to narcotic pain prescriptions.
    Neither, he or his wife possess the ability to manage their finances and as result they have incurred overwhelming debts, living far above and beyond their financial means. Their marriage has collapsed due to the overwhelming debts, lies and drug abuse. They have spent their entire marriage running from debt collectors, saying whatever was necessary to prevent foreclosures, repossession of automobiles, etc.
    During this 12 year marriage my husband and I rarely got to see or visit with our 2 grandchildren who are now 13 & 8 so they do not know us nor do we know them.
    He has been living with us now for the past year due to his financial woes. He has despised living with his parents and to hear him tell it, he has made where a lives and who he lives with his main topic of discussion with anybody and everybody who will listen. Whatever advice these folks have given him have absolutely no idea of the tremendous amount of debt that he owes or how his father and I have struggled to help him out financially.
    Last week he left in anger and has closed off all communications with us other than some very demanding and curt e-mails. He refuses to let us know where he is living or with who. This has been his pattern every time that he takes up with a new woman (who he then marries). He completely changes his attitude toward his father and I and he shuts us completely out of his life as he takes up with his new companion. His father and I have never been introduced to his “fiancé” or invited to any one of his 3 prior marriage ceremonies. Once he is in these relationships with these women the only time that his father and I hear from him is when he is in financial trouble or in the case of this 3rd marriage in jail for assault. His father and I told him last week that this was absolutely the end of our being able to help him financially. We asked him to repay us and that we will not continue to finance his lifestyle or tolerate his lies. This is what is weighing on my heart today.

    • Marilyn, I hope it comforts you to know that your fellow sisters in Christ are here and praying for God to change your son’s heart. While reading your post, I couldn’t help but think about the story of the Lost/Prodigal Son, realizing his faults and coming back to his father. I pray that God will use this experience in your life for good and that you may find peace, even in such a difficult time. I think you are very brave for reaching out to others and sharing what is on your heart (I have a hard time doing this sometimes) Just know that God’s love never fails us and He is always with you! Be strong in Christ!

  26. My husband had a stroke last Wednesday afternoon and God has blessed him and us in so many ways. Bob’s mess will be his message of how he can walk, talk and use his right hand again. Within 12 hours, he was raising his right hand and by 24 hours he was raising his arm over his head! We have felt God’s power, His healing and His mercy throughout this trial and know that He will continue to work all things out for His glory. Thank you for this powerful message!

  27. JOHANNE JEAN-JOSEPH (Triple J) says:


  28. I am truly blessed by this testimony. Mine has been the challenge of being worried while God is saying let go and I will fix your business. Today, I am surrendering every aspect of my life even when there is reason to be anxious.

  29. I am in a time in my life that I feel like I have lost all confidence in myself. For the first time ever I am struggling with depression and I get so frustrated. I know the joy of the Lord and I have had the joy of the Lord but this year I am lost. I keep praying and reading the bible and devotions hoping that I will snap out of whatever is the matter, but nothing yet. I am trying to listen to what God has to say and maybe I am supposed to learn something through this so that one day I can use my mess as a message, but right now I am struggling a lot. Thanks for sharing Micca and I pray that one day whatever God is doing in my life right now, will be a testimony to someone else.

  30. This was such a beautiful testimony to help remind us all that He works in wonderful ways, even when we can’t see it right then. I’ve been having a rough time at my new job, and instead of letting God take care of my worries, I’ve been bottling them up and trying to do things “on my own.” I’m pretty sure everyone reading this knows that that never works, and eventually you’ll be crying to yourself thinking, “Why have I been so stubborn when I have an Amazing and Powerful God who can take my fears and doubts away?” Well that’s what has happened to me just, and I thank you for being so honest and sharing this testimony. No matter what we are going through, He is always the One we can praise! He is powerful and his love NEVER fails us 🙂

  31. Hi, I am introduced to Proverbs31 by a friend. You know GOD is always so TRUE and AWESOME. He will always give us encouragement in any way. I just feel that my life is in an entire mess, nothing seems to be going right. Everything seems to be falling apart and I just cannot make it fixed up together. Today when I step into office and on my email, I received this message from GOD. So many thoughts running through my mind but just seems to be able to get it straight. My kids, my helper, my in laws, my relationship with my hubby, his debts, its like everything. The sense of loss is like swallowing me into darkness. I am struggling everyday to climb out of the darkness but its just so hard. I am young christian and really not biblical sound, I dont know how to do devotion, what is talking to GOD or how should I pray to GOD. But I will try from today onwards to put aside some time to just talk to him, although I dont know how but I will try. Really thank you for sharing and I am sure GOD is good and merciful to heal and bless.

  32. Marshann Hardin says:

    As I read this devotion yesterday I knew it was meant specifically for me. I am thankful to my friend Heather for introducing me to this daily devotion site. It is hard enough to encounter the day to day trials and tribulations the world throws at us but when you have been accused, judged, convicted and sentences by members of your own church without hearing your voice, it saddens my heart. I guess all tragedies and drama require a scapegoat and I am it at my own church right now. So much has happened and so much has been said that can not be taken back or removed from my heart. But as I embark onto a new journey to find a new church for my daughter and myself I welcome God into my heart more than ever before. An innocent child has been hurt by angry, hurtful people by making it impossible for us to continue going to our church. After all the tears have been wiped away and as we try to put a big smile on our face and pretend all is well, we will survive and I know God has a lesson in all this for me to learn and grow from. They can knock me down but I will get up. Thank you my true friend, Heather for loving me, supporting me and defending me.

  33. Thank you so much for this. My sister is struggling with drug addiction. She knows the Lord but walked away when our mother passed away 12 years ago. My sister was just about to graduate from High School and so the death of our mother placed her in a very dark place. She is now a mother herself but the last two years she has returned to her drug addiction. My prayer is that she will come back to Jesus because I know and trust that He is the answer to her struggles.

  34. Cynthia Salas Rodriguez says:

    Praise God Micca…This is a beautiful testimony of God’s love for us. I love moments like this when God’s divine interventions touch the lives of others and ourselves. Moments like this are not easily forgotten. Blessings to you and your brother. Praise God for His mercy.

  35. Lisa Richardson says:

    Micca, that is a beautiful story, thank you so much for sharing your heart. I have a very dear friend that will always hold a special place in my heart and he is a drug addict, has been for many years. I am sending this to his mother and know that it will encourage her so much! God Bless your brother, what a testimony!!!! God is so good

  36. Please remember me…I thought I was saved but Satan has lured me with wordly bait and I took the hook. Now I am held captive by this stronghold. What started out seemingly harmful has turned me into someone I don’t like seeing in the mirror. And the worst part is that I do Love Jesus, but this stronghold is more than I can break. I don’t have the strength within myself to stop..I need a miracle before I completely drown. Help me God!

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