Verse of the Day


"Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption."

~Psalm 130:7


Today's Devotional Thought

October 11, 2015 by Rachel Piferi



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My Story

Sometimes, the Lord just wakes you up in the middle of the night with something to say. This is one of those moments. Its about 2am on Sunday morning and I am sitting down in an attempt to pen some of the contents of my heart, simply because I feel the Lord asking me to. That is the funny thing about feeling called to share Jesus with others; you never know when He is going to ask you to share a piece of your journey with others.

Not so that they see you and your journey, but so that they see Him.

Jesus.

Because at the end of the day, it truly is all about Him.

Beth Moore has said that she has no idea why the Lord would risk His name on someone like her {someone with a penchant for ditches, as she says}. But she goes on to say that if something about her journey with the Lord could help you with yours, then you are more than welcome to it.

And the same goes here too.

If there is anything in my week, in my season, or on my journey could help you on yours, you are more than welcome to it.

So, its 2am on Sunday morning {well, now its probably 2:30} and I have something to share about my Jesus. My house is quiet, my headphones are on as I listen to Big Daddy Weave's newest album, and my heart is so full as I think of all that Jesus has done and is doing in my life.

Jesus is the undeniable Savior of my life. And not just for eternal salvation, although He is that.

But, Jesus is the Savior of EVERY. SINGLE. MOMENT. of my life.

You see, Jesus can save and redeem a moment faster than anyone I know.

He can redeem a relationship.

He can redeem a mistake.

He can redeem an illness.

He can redeem a heartache, a struggle, and a regret.

Quite simply, He can redeem. I am so grateful He can and that He does.

And He showed me that this week.

Friends, I have had the worst week. I'm not going to go into details because they really aren't necessary {and honestly could just be distracting from the point of why I'm writing}. But suffice it to say, my heart has been stretched, hurt, challenged, and flat out worn-out this week.

I have made a couple of mistakes and I have suffered some consequences of those mistakes.

I have seen and walked through some evidence of the broken world we live in.

I have come face to face with hurt & brokenness in others and I even have experienced a little fall-out of that brokenness.

I have asked for forgiveness and I have forgiven.

I have prayed for grace to endure and I have received that grace.

I have wept over the brokenness that is around and just yearned for my eternal home.

And through it all, I have experienced Jesus.

I have experienced His love, His grace, His forgiveness, and His promises to endure, sustain, and provide.

I have experienced His kindness, His hope, His promise to use all things, and His purpose.

And I don't know how He does it, but He has come and bound my broken heart.

All because I asked Him to.

And He hasn't had to take my circumstances away to do it. My week didn't change; the circumstances were still what they were. But my heart changed. Jesus changed my perspective and He gave me hope and He filled me with purpose through it all.

Purpose to know Him more through it.

Purpose to grow in my character through it.

Purpose to love louder. Give deeper. Serve harder.

To share my story of how great Jesus is. And not just in the miracles of life. But in those weeks that are just flat out bad. Where you mess up or lose precious relationships or experience the cruelty of this fallen world. When you feel so hurt or sorry or hopeless or scared. In those moments, when you cry out to Him, He hears. And not only does He hear, but when you ask, He truly gives you wisdom to see and a way to walk in those things that seem so hard. Trust me. I walked through it this week.

When I sought Him out, He heard my cry. And He came running with grace, love, hope, and purpose.

In the bad, Jesus is good. And He is so close. Ready to bound your heart and send you on your way to tell others about Him.

It's my story. And, it's your story too, I bet.

As I close, I don't want you to focus on my bad week or feel sorry for me. I will get through it all and a new week is coming. And you know, this week was a gift to me. Even though it was bad, I saw Jesus. And that is what I want you to focus on. Oh He is so good to me and so much love when we simply don't deserve it.

I want to end with a song that I've had on repeat as I've written this blog to you. It's where I am.

It's my story. Not just of this week. But of my life.

Because...

If I told you my story, you would hear hope that wouldn't let go.

If I told you my story, you would hear love that never gave up.

If I told you my story, you would hear life, but it wasn't mine.

If I should speak, then let it be of the grace that is greater than all my sins. Of when justice was served and when mercy wins. Of the kindness of Jesus that draws me in.

Oh to tell you my story is to tell of Him...






Memorize this verse today:

"Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption."
~Psalm 130:7



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