Inspiration,  Life

My Strength

“People meet me and they would never know what I’ve been through”

“In every situation there can be joy, there can be life. What I thought was a death sentence turned into be my story and my life. If I trust in him, I can do anything”


Does your life seem like a battle? Are you discouraged? depressed? confused? Do wish you had your own cheering squad to get you through the next moments or days?

We all have our journeys and every piece of that journey can serve a purpose beyond ourselves if only we believe. I’ve been through some stuff in my life, including surviving an abusive relationship. I could have lost hope and given up. There was a period of time that I was at a depth so low I didn’t want to crawl out, isolated and alone. I didn’t even pick up the phone.

Then one day – God sent someone to call on me and that was my turning point. It was ONE person that cared enough to reach out and say “Hey, what’s up? This isn’t like you not to call.” That phone call opened the door for me to begin healing and letting go.

beach-88461_1920Sometimes you are that person that needs the call. Sometimes you are the person that needs to reach out and make the phone call.

Today I look back and I can find the gratitude for those not so great experiences because they have helped shape me into who I am. They have strengthened a part of me that couldn’t have been if I had not walked through them. I am grateful that God was with me through all of it and still is with me every day.

If we accept what seems like a terrible or challenging situation and let God use it, we may be surprised by the outcome. Each journey is unique because it is ours and ours alone. No journey is better than or worse than the other… it just is. Own it.

Don’t give up. Don’t lose hope. Hang on to Him, call out to Him. He will be there through all of this. The Lord replied, “The times when you have seen only one set of footprints, is when I carried you.” [Footprints in the Sand by Mary Stevenson]

Listen to the stories in this video, read the lyrics. May it inspire you to pick up the shattered pieces of your life or your heart no matter what age and move forward.

Here are the Lyrics to go with the video:
“Through All Of It”

There are days I’ve taken more than I can give
And there are choices that I made
That I wouldn’t make again
I’ve had my share of laughter
Of tears and troubled times
This is has been the story of my life

I have won and I have lost
I got it right sometimes
But sometimes I did not
Life’s been a journey
I’ve seen joy, I’ve seen regret
Oh and You have been my God
Through all of it

You were there when it all came down on me
And I was blinded by my fear
And I struggled to believe
But in those unclear moments
You were the one keeping me strong
This is how my story’s always gone

I have won and I have lost
I got it right sometimes
But sometimes I did not
Life’s been a journey
I’ve seen joy, I’ve seen regret
Oh and You have been my God
Through all of it
Through all of it

And this is who You are
More constant than the stars up in the sky
All these years of our lives
I, I look back and I see You
Right now I still do
And I’m always going to

I have won and I have lost
I got it right sometimes
But sometimes I did not
Life’s been a journey
I’ve seen joy
I’ve seen regret
Oh and You have been my God
Through all of it
Oh and You have been my God
Through all of it
Oh and You have been my God
Through all of it

Publishing: © 2014 9T One Songs / Ariose Music (ASCAP) (Administered at CapitolCMGPublishing.com) / Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. / Goes Something Like THIS Music (BMI)
Writer(s): Ben Glover and Molly Reed

What’s your story? Are you going to find the joy and live or just give up?

 

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Lisa Renshaw is a mom, business owner and passionate writer. Her interests are varied so topics she writes about include everything from business to being a mom, raising a daughter and son, healthy living and more. Her business articles can be seen the in the Business Magazine of Florida (http://businessmagazinegainesville.com) and on her Blu Dove Designs business Blog at http://bludovedesigns.com

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