Its not easy but it sure is fun

Discussion in 'Pastoral Ministries' started by Revelator, Aug 24, 2003.

  1. Revelator

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    Having recently come through some pretty rough times in my life I learned what it means to be lonely. I lost an uncle and both grandpas, one on Christmas Day. He was a pastor nearly all of his life and we figured he was gettin the best present of all that day, even so that didn't take away the hurt. Besides these there have been other things this year that have wrenched my very soul. So after stumbling around in the dark for long eneough I turned the light on.

    Anyway I write all of this just to ask what are some of the worst times God brought you through in your christian walk? What did he show you that changed you? I am a firm believer that he only breaks us to make us. I have a peace in me that will make an excellent foundation. I learned a lot too. I'm still not perfect but at least I'm His. :D
     
  2. PastorSBC1303

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    When I was 19 years old, I lost my father to a blood clot that hit his heart. He was my best friend and my hero in many ways. He had came to know Christ a few years before that, Praise God. But as a young man I was crushed. For about 3 years prior to his death God had been convicting me about surrendering to the Gospel Ministry. I totally ran from Him about it. Thankfully through the death of my father, God had my complete attention and I yielded my life to Him and surrendered to the ministry. That was the darkest time of my life, but in many ways it was the time that I grew the most in the Lord. [​IMG]
     
  3. Trotter

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    Welcome aboard, PastorSBC1303 [​IMG] . Glad you made it.

    My darkest time came right after a mission trip to Mexico in 1997. After being slowed up by Customs in Houston, the airline rerouted us through New Orleans to Atlanta. When my wife and I called home to let everybody know we would be late, we found out my sister had fell into a coma in Alabama. So we rerouted to Birmingham to try to meet up with my folks.

    Anyway, to make a long story short, my sister lived for a week before she died without waking up. She was not saved, as far as I know.

    I went into a tailspin from there (denial, depression, the works). I let the devil have a heyday with my life and my mind. But God was there through the whole thing (even though I didn't care at the time and wished He would just LEAVE ME ALONE). Jesus kept reaching out to me, calling my name, reminding me that He had called me and that I was His. Sometimes He has to let us hit bottom, hard, in order to get us to look up.

    God has brought me back to where I belong. I had blamed God for everything, but He forgave me, and patiently showed me how He had provided for me every step of the way (even if I wouldn't look for it, or accept it). God has shown me that,

    "Isa 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
    Isa 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. "

    I may not fully understand why all of this had to happen, but I know that His plan called for it, and that is enough.

    In Christ,
    Trotter.
     

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