Today I heard such a powerful word from God. You know the kind that leaves you with tears that refuse to be held in. And the more you let the truth seep deep into your mind and heart your soul quiets with a sobering gratitude and peace.
Pastor Steven's message was Making Headlines and it was based off of one of my all time favorite verses.
"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives" Genesis 50:20
There is freedom in knowing God is writing your story, but often times we allow the enemy to be our life story editor writing headlines like I am a loser, a failure, worthless, insignificant and so on.
Pastor said "We don't get to choose our story, because we are not the authors but God has put the editing pen in our hands. In other words we edit our perspective. We choose the headlines of our story. Here are some of my favorite take aways from the sermon:
"It is a bad decision to let an event become your headline." "Failure is an event, not an identity." "Maybe failure is not even a failure but a lesson." "This allows us to shift from paralysis to potential." "Life brings the test but you choose the tittle." So we can headline our lives with hardship or hope.
I have some hardships in my life that I would have never chosen. Everyone does. Some I have made it through and some are still in process but I want to headline my life with hope. Because no matter what comes against me, whatever is intended for harm I believe God will always intend things for good. His word says in Romans 8:28, And we know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
So I can live life right now as:
Broken Marriage OR Healed Marriage In Process
F.A.S. (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) OR F.A.S (Fulfilling Almighty's Story)
Homeschool Is Hard OR Heaven's Homeschool
Counseling is Embarrassing OR The Right Counselor is God's Tool
All these edits mean one thing. No matter the battle ,with Jesus, I win. He is faithful. He is good. He's writing a beautiful, nothing is wasted love story.
I am His. I win.
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