This post is part of Tracie Miles’ Your Life Still Counts blog tour and I am excited to be a part of spreading this powerful message that God can use all things to His glory and turn our past into our purpose. I’m just one of many awesome bloggers participating in this tour, so if you want to join in on the blog tour, CLICK HERE for all the info!
This book gripped me from page one to the end. The further I read the more I highlighted and marked down.
It’s an encouraging story of God’s love and redemption and His perfect plan for Tracie’s life. The book also includes 20 stories of women who experienced God’s powerful healing and restoration from a past that God now uses for His glory.
Tracie writes, “We can’t change the past but we can allow God’s truths to change our hearts, and in turn, change our future by embracing God’s promise that He will never waste our pain.”
I often wondered what it would be like to have no past. No memories of things gone wrong, or mistakes made. No memories of the hurt others inflicted on me.
I know I can’t dwell on that too much because it’s not realistic. My past has some ugly components in it, and I can’t erase them. They will always be there – part of my past.
However, my past does not have to control my present or my future. That’s where God comes in with His redeeming love: He offers hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). He creates beauty out of ashes (Isaiah 61).
My past has shaped me into the person I am today. It hasn’t been an easy road to travel, but I can say without a shadow of a doubt: My God is faithful! He was there all along, every step of the way. He saw the pain of a failed marriage. He saw my meltdowns when the burden of raising three small children seemed too heavy to carry. He saw the tears, heard the cries, knew every thought that was whirling in my spaghetti-like brain.
It’s not been easy to come to a place of gratitude for all the hard stuff in my past. Today I see how God uses every bit of my past in the ministry to women in my local church.
Only God could redeem something so ugly and create something beautiful.
Allow me to encourage you today: Do not grant bitterness and anger control over the rest of your life. Go to our Heavenly Father and allow Him to heal your wounds, tend to your pain and strengthen and prepare you for a future He has planned for you.
“Blessed is the man/woman who keeps on going when times are hard. After he/she has come through them, he/she will receive a crown. The crown is life itself. God has promised it to those who love Him.” James 1:12 NIrV