"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy and the God of every comfort, Who comforts us in every trouble, so that we may also be able to comfort those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." - 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
I TRY to read a daily devotional or a part of the Bible everyday. By staying and knowing the Word, we are able to stay in the truth and are able to better recognize and hear what God is saying to us while trying to keep Satan at bay. I love Joyce Meyer..... I can really relate to her.
Here is today's (August 10th) devotional from her book New Day New You...
"The best healer is often the wounded healer, because he knows what he is dealing with since he has suffered it himself. That's what Paul was saying in this passage (above) from his letter to the church in Corinth. If you have suffered through hard times in your life, you are going to be even more successful in ministering to those who are going through the same kind of suffering in their lives.
Though you may have had a rough time in your life, God can use what you have been through for His glory- if you will allow Him to do so.! I would be no good to myself or anyone else, But because the Lord gave me the grace to lay down my self-pity and take up the challenge of living for Him, now I am able to help hundreds of thousands of people all over the nation and beyond.
To me the greatest testimony in the world is to be able to say. "God took what Satan tried to use to destroy me, and He turned it around for His glory and used it for the betterment of other people in the Kingdom." It takes God to do that! No matter where you may be today or what you may be going through, God can turn your situations around and use it to further His kingdom and bring blessings to you and many others!"
All I can say is that this really touched me today, and I absolutely felt the need to share it with those that visit Lillian's Blog... for those that need comfort in the fear of the unknown. Never for a moment do I regret any of the struggles that I have endured over the years... there have been many. They are ongoing... they help to form me and strengthen my Faith... in all areas of my life. I typically try to keep this blog about Lily... and don't speak much of my oldest daughter, She turned 17 in June, is trying to find her own way and is not on a very positive course. I have struggled for many years with her, finding proper treatment for her illness and trying to get her to comply. This is a reminder to me that God is in control, and is shaping and forming her to be the person to one day help others........... I pray!