For the longest time, I knew that as a Christian, you are supposed to give your time, money, and talent to the Church. It’s what I was taught at a very young age, and my mom lived this out to it’s fullest. She was a great example of this. If she wasn’t home when she was a stay-at-home mom, she was at church giving her time and talent as an artist. So as a youth, I gave my time helping at events for the church and parish school I attended. My mom also gave me 50 cents or a dollar to give on Sundays to get me into the habit of giving money to the Church. (I know some people have a hard time with the concept of giving money to the Church especially with the bad reputation of certain, not all, megachurches abusing the concept. The truth is that God asks for our first fruits of our labor. Ten percent is they general rule of thumb, but God wants us to be cheerful givers. If you aren’t cheerful about giving a certain amount, He will be happy with what you do choose to give. If you don’t want to give anything but you feel forced, He doesn’t want it. That’s off topic, but for some verses on where this is stated, check out Leviticus 27:30-33, Numbers 18:21-28, and Matthew 23:23-24. Anyways, what I was lacking was serving with my talents. I sang in the choir but it wasn’t for him. I just liked singing. As I have gotten older, I noticed I either lost that talent or I never really had it to begin with. Let’s face it, I suck, but that’s okay haha. Read More »
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.- ROMANS 8:28 NLT
This verse became my favorite one when life events proved this verse to be true. I love God. I love Him with all my heart. When I gave my life to Christ, everything started to fall into place. I will share two instances…
One: I always felt i needed a man to love me to fill the hole in my heart that was there from being separated from my birth parents. (I was adopted.) I was in a relationship after high school that went from bad to worse. He was emotionally and sexually abusive. I didn’t have anyone to talk to who was mature and not my parents so I felt stuck in the relationship. I thought I was going to be damaged forever from both problems.
God is using these unfortunate situations for His good and my good. I realized that I wanted to start writing about my experience and how I am continuing to heal. I also decided I wanted to be there for teens and adolescents who might be or get into similar situations. God made me realize that I should go to school for youth ministry.
Two: Because of the abuse that I endured, I was limited as to what jobs I could get. He limited me to part time, and there were only a few good part time jobs I could get which were mainly cleaning positions. I liked cleaning because it helped with my anxiety, but it also limited my skills that I needed for future positions. So I started to clean full time. I ended up at a really unprofessional company. I started to look for office jobs because I’m also limited on my mobility. A good portion of the positions that I found were through temp agencies that require you not to have a current job so you can start your new one as soon as possible. I was ready to quit my job but was scared. I believe it was God, but I got fired! Yes, fired! It opened so many doors. So I started to volunteer at my church to work with the high school pastor to obtain office skills AND get some experience with youth ministry! That can only be God!
God used my dirty past to create a wonderful future.