I pray it has been a powerful week in your life as we addressed and studied how God wants to not only free us from our inner demons, but use our lives as proof of the power of Jesus Christ!
What better way to nail this awesome truth into our hearts than to read about how other women, just like us, have had victory over their ‘demons’ and how God is proving in their life that Romans 8:28 is a promise we can count on. If only we believe He loves us no matter what, say yes to His call and be willing to let Him lead as He sees fit, He can do miracles in our lives as well. Yes, sometimes it’s scary and trusting God with the hard stuff might cost us something…. but the rewards and benefits? Priceless!
So in case you missed the Past Into Purpose Blog Series that I did over the past few months leading up to this study, which highlighted 16 of the 20 women on the YLSC Contributor team whose stories you’ll read in the book after each chapter in the Her Story sections (the remaining 4 were not available for interview), or if you just didn’t have time to read them all, I want to share all the links with you below. How cool is it to be able to put a face with a name that you’re reading about in the book, and really get to know them more personally? Pretty cool, if you ask me. 🙂
In the book, you’ll see the synopsis version of these women’s incredible God stories, but the blog series went a little deeper, and gives you a glimpse into the hearts and current lives of these amazing women of God – and now, my new friends and sisters in Christ.
To inspire your faith today, might I suggest you take some time over the weekend to read through their interviews and visit their blogs if they have one?
My prayer is that you’ll see yourself in one of their experiences, and glean great inspiration and motivation to open the door for God to begin reshaping your past into a beautiful purpose too. You might also find a new sister in Christ as well.
All things are possible with God! No matter what we have been through, God has a fabulous plan.
We have four weeks left and Im getting excited! What about you?!
Kelly Master – A childhood full of emotional, physical & sexual abuse created paralyzing fear & feelings of unworthiness,followed by abuse of drugs, alcohol & sex. But God..
Wendy Blight -How the power of God’s Word can turn a traumatic violent rape into the birthing of a passionate heart for ministry which heals hearts around the country.
Charlotte Larsen -Sexually abused between the ages of 5 and 9, Charlotte spent years seeking healing and understanding which she found in Christ and others who were willing to share out of their own experiences and because of their relationship with Christ. Now God is using her to touch the hearts of other sexual abuse victims.
Maxine Young -A diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis can be devastating, as can any debilitating illness, but God is not limited by our limitations. He can use all things and all people for great purposes, despite our physical challenges.
Faith Miller -How God uses a past emotional affair to equip one woman to help many women understand the sanctity of marriage and commitment, & the power in forgiveness.
Michelle Carlson -How one woman facing depression and suicidal thoughts heard God’s voice in the darkness and began living a life of health and joy that glorifies Him.
Jane Smith -An insatiable need for approval led her down a self destructive path including bulemia, anorexia & an obsession with being loved. Until God stepped in.
Linda Kuhar -Linda’s cancer diagnosis was grim with a 5% chance of survival, but God had an amazing miracle planned that would not only change her life, but countless others.
Donna Bostick -If you have ever struggled with anger and unforgiveness towards a family member who hurt you physically or emotionally, be encouraged by Donna’s story.
Diana Rockwell – Choosing not to let weight define your value in Christ,but also choosing to treat your body as God’s temple & let Christ use your struggle for His purposes.Linda Kuhar
Debby Stephens – Divorce hurts. But there is hope, and God can use ordinary people who have been there to help those who are going through it in extraordinary ways.
Kathy Dache – Two unexpected pregnancies, and two children given up for adoption, followed by years of regret and shame. But God had plans to not only replace what she had given up, but to use her experiences to equip her with a passion for children’s ministry and the opportunity to bless many.
Bonnie Wallace -Inspiring women to know they are always moving from strength-to-strength until they see Jesus face-to-face, and that they are beautiful sparrows to Christ.
Leah DiPascal -12 million women struggle with anxiety and depression, possibly feeling helpless and hopeless. Through Leah’s transparency and heart for God, she helps them see there is hope and victory in Christ.
Becky Davidson – How having a special needs child birthed an incredible ministry they would have never imagined that reaches thousands of parents in need of encouragement.
Kathy Posin -The death of a child, husband, & the loss of a job & home, is almost too much to bear – except in God’s strength. Only He could turn loss into ministry.