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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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