Your Ministry Comes From Your Misery

I remember the first time I heard this phrase, “Your Ministry Comes From Your Misery”.  It just stuck with me.  How perfect, I thought.  Here I had been trying to forget my misery.  To stuff it down somewhere that no one would see it.  Somehwere I wouldn’t see it.  God had other plans. 

He wants me to accept my past misery and use it as my present ministry.  Isn’t he clever.  Actually He’s amazing because He is taking the one thing that I used to hate to tell anyone about and laying on my heart to share it more and more.

The fear I used to feel when I would broach the subject is being replaced with grace and humility.  I’m not as fearful of what people will think of me, I’m more interested in how God and I can use it together to help others. 

A fear of judgement is slowly being replaced with a strong desire to help others heal.  If my speaking out and talking about my misery can be a good thing, then I will be a living example of  this saying.   My minstry truly will come from my deepest misery.

Do not fear the darkness in your life.  Trust that God WILL use it for good, if you let Him.

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“What Difference Do It Make?”

I just finished reading my complimentary copy (from Thomas Nelson) of “What Difference Do It Make?” by Ron Hall, Denver Moore and Lynn Vincent. 

This book is the sequel to “Same Kind of Different As Me” by the same authors, and tells about the difference one couple made in a homeless man’s life and how it snowballed to affect so many others.  Not only can you see what it has done in the lives of the authors, but the book contains a lot of stories from folks that read the first book and were inspired.  These people wrote to the authors with their own stories of making a difference and some of those stories are shared in this book.

It is a beautifully written, intriguing book.  I laughed and I cried and most importantly my heart was convicted.  I am inspired to find all kinds of ways to serve and to help others in any way I can.

I will be recommending this book to all my friends and family, in fact I already put my copy on my husband’s bedside table as a hint that he needs to read it next.