Verse of the Day


"For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

~Romans 8:38-39


Today's Devotional Thought

June 01, 2015 by Rachel Piferi



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Through All of It

I wish you were sitting across a table from me right now, just sipping a cup of coffee and talking about life with me. I'd listen to what you were dealing with right now and how your heart is hurting. I'd ask you how you're seeing God in it and where you are feeling his sweet presence. I would sit there captivated as I listened to you tell me about your journey with Jesus.

And as I listened to you tell me about your journey, I'd smile because I would probably see so many similarities to my own. The details of your life's journey would likely be different, but God's character and love and presence would be exactly the same.

And as I listened to your journey and how God was with you through it, I'd share a bit about my journey and how it is likely similar to yours...

I'd tell you of the many times God was so faithful to me. Even when I was not.

I'd tell you of the risks I took that I shouldn't have taken. Or the times that God told me to do something and I just didn't do it.

Then I'd tell you how God didn't give up on me and gave me another chance to step out big. And I did.

I'd tell you when I didn't forgive quick enough. Or give enough. Or love like I should have.

Then I'd tell you how God graciously showed me how to forgive, how to walk in his grace and strength, and how to channel his love on those days I just didn't have it.

I'd tell you how he turned my biggest regrets into my biggest teaching moments and how he redeemed them to be something beautiful.

I'd tell you how he picked me up each time I fell down {and I've fallen a lot}.

And, I'd tell you that despite the times, I've fallen down, that God keeps inviting me to do crazy things for him.

And then I'd tell you of the crazy places He and I have been and how my trust has grown in those moments of stepping out with him.

I'd tell you how he celebrated with me in the victories and wept with me in the defeats.

And with tears filling my eyes, I'd tell you how God has been there through every single moment of my life. Through the joys. Through the regrets. Through the valleys and on the mountaintops. I'd tell you {as best I could} how full my journey has been and how faithful He has been.

And how through it all, I know him and love him more. Through absolutely everything.

I want to share a song with you today that just speaks my heart today. A heart that is simply overwhelmed by all Jesus and I have been through. A heart that cannot believe the journey we've been on so far and the places we've gone and the things we've seen together. A heart that cannot wait to see where we're going to go from here.

A heart so over-the-moon in love with Jesus and so amazed by how much he loves me. Enough to stick with me through it all. And I do mean "all."

All the ugly.

All the times I just didn't quite get it right.

All the times I complained.

All the times I rebelled.

All the times I just got stuck.

And even all those times when, through him, I got it right.

Through it all, he was there. Loving me. Teaching me. And gracing me into the fullness of the woman he designed me to be.

Oh girlfriends, in the words of Paul, by the grace of God, I am what I am (I Corinthians 15:10a). Truly, by the grace God, have I grown, loved, endured, and experienced amazing things with Him. My journey's not always been pretty, but it's always been purposeful and paved with God's amazing grace.

If you are in place where you feel stuck, please know that God is right there with you. And that his grace abounds in those places where we are so insufficient. His grace will strengthen, sustain, and continue to carry you on your journey. And through his grace, you will know him and love him so much.

And, in the words of Colton Dixon:

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.
And you have been my God through all of it.






Memorize this verse today:

"For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
~Romans 8:38-39



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