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Turning Your Misery into Ministry

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Are you kidding me?! Who wants to hear about the miseries I have suffered through life? The old saying, “Misery loves company” is not always true.

“For as Christ’s sufferings overflow to us, so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow…Our hope for you is firm, for we know that as you share in the sufferings, you also share in the encouragement.” 2Cor.1:5-7

God wants to use, and will use, our misery and suffering to help others. The experiences we go through, both good and bad, can be used by the One who knows our suffering.

For many years I suffered abuse from the hands of others. I went through years of therapy and shouted at God many times, “You could have stopped it!” I didn’t understand that God could not only heal all that deep pain but use it for His glory.

Many have suffered in many different ways in this life. Some have lost a loved one. It was when my husband died that the Lord picked me up and stood me before a pastor asking Him to be my Savior. At first I thought He killed my husband to bring me to my knees. I was angry that He would do that! He understood and with love and compassion the Lord showed me He used that opportunity, my grief and suffering the loss of my loved one, to be able to empathize with others who lost a loved one. He used my experience of grieving to be able to feel their pain, to be able to cry with them, and be able to give comfort. My suffering was not going to be wasted.

Some have lost jobs, gone through a painful divorce, have had addictions, lost a child, had an abortion. Pain abounds in this world and God can use each and every experience for His purposes and His glory. I had never been to a support group for abuse victims. I had not told anyone, except my therapist, about my abuse. Suddenly the Lord said He wanted to use me to help others in their pain from abuse. For fourteen years He used my past suffering, my ability through my painful experiences, to be able to relate to, encourage, and lift others up through their pain and receive the emotional healing that God had given me. He’s still using my past experiences and those things He has taught me for His glory. This blog is one of those ways. I give Him all the praise, honor, and glory. I say, “Here I am Lord, use me.” He has and still is in many different ways. Why? Because I allow Him to!

If we will allow the Lord to use what our life experiences are He will use them in ways we never imagined. He will bring us through the pain of those experiences, teach us how to relate to others, bring hurting people into our path, and through us reach out to them in love, compassion, and understanding.

In my wildest dreams I could never imagine a reason, other than just plain out and out evil, for the hurtful things that happened to me. It’s hard to imagine God has a purpose for allowing our suffering and that He can use it for His glory. We ask so many times, “Why?” “Why did …….happen?” We may never know the reason but if we trust Him He will use it. If we look to Him He will heal our hearts and allow our suffering to help others.

What suffering have you gone through that in your heart you don’t understand how anything so hurtful can be used by God? Sit down, right now, and ask Him how He can use those life experiences. You didn’t suffer for nothing…unless you want to do nothing. Allow Him to use you because your misery can become a ministry.

 

“Find that we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.” Romans 8:28

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Blessings to you.

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About Sue Cass

I am a follower of Jesus Christ and an abuse survivor. I am the founder & C.E.O. of Elah Ministries, Inc. A non-profit 501c3 ministry that offers hope, healing, and deliverance to hurting souls. I have seen the Grace of God work mightily in both individual lives (mine included) and through the support groups I have led. Elah Ministries, Inc. is supported strictly by donations and the proceeds from the sale of my books. My prayer is that all hurting souls may find God's freedom through His Grace, mercy, and healing. I have also penned six published books, both fiction and non-fiction, hoping to enlighten, uplift, and entertain in a way that honors my Heavenly Father and draws my readers closer to our Lord Jesus Christ. May God bless you with His peace, hope, love, and joy as you follow Jesus Christ.

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  1. I am still on the journey of healing….but one thing suffering has been good for is artistic expression. Ive been able to use my pain to create objects of depth that others can relate to.

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    • Hi Nessa3: That’s wonderful. “Art therapy” is used many times in the healing process and for you to be able to create artistic items that others can relate to is truly a gift from God. He can use our suffering in so many wonderful ways. Thank you for sharing not just your comment but your gift of artistic expression. Merry Christmas.

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  2. Amen… You are so right. I hope you don’t mind that I reblog.

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  3. Thank you so much , Sue. This ministered to me. For some reason, even though I see how He does this in others, I thought my own suffering wasn’t that important or able to translate in a way that would help others. Now you have me praying tonight for Him to use it for His glory. God bless you!

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    • Hi Debbie: I’m so glad the article encouraged you. Our suffering is never for nothing. The Lord can use it all. And your suffering is no less important than anyone else’s. None are insignificant. Bless you.

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  4. First of all I want to say awesome blog! I had a quick question which I’d
    like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your head before
    writing. I have had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out.

    I do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to
    15 minutes are generally wasted just trying to figure out how
    to begin. Any suggestions or hints? Cheers!

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