A guest post from Simply Beth……
There was a moment in my life when words were said to me that hurt deeply. The words left me feeling insignificant and believing I was not enough. Those words were followed by many other moments that led me further down a path of darkness.
~ The moment my husband told me he had an affair.
~ The moment I made the wrong decision and went down my own path of infidelity.
~ The moment I’m unable to share, but it was a moment where my world was shattered.
~ The moment I stood in that dressing room trying on a bridesmaid dress and I allowed a number said to begin a life of living with an eating disorder.
~ The moment I thought leaving my husband was the right choice.
~ The moment lying in the bed of the behavioral health center wishing I was brave enough to put an end to my pain.
All these moments changed me. They shattered my heart. My world became dark and full of shame from moments that I allowed to define my sense of worth. The darkness I lived in gradually became what was familiar. The walls went up and there in that darkness is where I thought I would remain.
Taking the wrong path can begin with just a moment. But it only takes a moment to choose a new and better path. It only takes a moment to choose the path God has for you.
My path changed the day a dear friend directed me to Romans 5:
“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” – Romans 5:1-5 (NIV)
To read those words, “…but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
Oh how I wanted that kind of hope. I wanted God’s love poured out into my heart. Was He offering this to me too? Could it be that I could really find glory in my sufferings? Could it be that He would use my sufferings to produce perseverance, character and hope within me? Could He really use me? Does He really love me?
It wasn’t long after reading those words that I found myself walking through the doors of Living Hope Church. I realize now that I found myself standing right where I was always meant to stand—standing in God’s grace and glory (Romans 5:1-2 MSG).
Then came the moment when studying Romans 12 where I declared, I’m all in. It was the moment I gave my life to Christ.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2
In a recent sermon, my Executive Pastor shared these words from Rick Warren, “When you forgive you set a prisoner free, and that prisoner is you.” It was in that moment where I realized I was still holding tightly to moments in my life where God was asking me to choose forgiveness. Not only was it time to fully extend forgiveness to those that hurt me, but it was also time to offer forgiveness to myself.
Easter weekend came and for the first time I really heard the words, “It is finished.” At the moment Jesus said those three words we were forgiven. All our sins were forgiven and we were set free. In that moment He put our old life to death and made us new. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
It only takes a single moment to change your path. What path will you choose?
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My name is Beth.
I’m a wife, mom of two boys and a mother-in-law. I love Jesus, family, friends, reading and a hot cup of coffee to begin my day. I love to write and share about how my relationship with Jesus has changed my life. My husband, two sons, and the two wonderful woman our sons have brought to our family are my greatest joys!
We are a military family with my husband serving in the Army Reserves and my oldest son in the Navy. My younger son is pursuing a degree in Music Education.
I have been married for over 20 years and my husband and I have been through a lot during this time, but our love for each other is stronger than ever.
You will find posts on my blog that will bounce from sharing about past experiences, continual struggles, being a military family, and primarily on how my relationship with Jesus continues to grow. My promise is to always speak from the heart…to speak with love. I hope you will find encouragement here no matter where you are in your life. I pray you will learn to trust God as trusting God has been the best thing I’ve ever done.