Revelations 12:11 NIV They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
“The Word of God says that we overcome, by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of our testimony! And in this life, each of us have been through so many different experiences, and some of them could have ended very differently from what they did!”
“You might still be experiencing challenging times! Too many people feel that they must wait for the perfect time, when everything is just perfect in their lives, before they use their story for God’s glory. But let’s be honest…..the only time everything will be perfect, is when we reach Heaven!”
“The truth is, that EVERYONE is dealing with something! So we each have a story of “challenges/pain” that we have risen up from, or are still working on rising up from! Remember, your story is VERY powerful, as long as you don’t speak from the perspective of being a “victim”, but rather a SURVIVOR and a VICTOR!”
“A victim focuses on the negative to try get attention. A survivor “touches” on the negative, to give background to their story, but they ALWAYS focus on the positive! And somehow, no matter what, they even FIND a way, to help OTHERS through their “challenge/pain”, while still in their OWN “challenge/pain” too!”
“It only takes one sms/whatsapp, or one message, a phone call, an email, a post on your facebook page, or whatever! Don’t look for that BIG thing you must do to make a difference in someone’s life! It really is the little things that count!”
“May I share a story from my own life? I remember one time, being in hospital in excruciating pain from pressure on my brain, and feeling SO useless and SO tired of the constant pain. You know, having one of those “feeling sorry for myself” times. (Of course only I go through those hey? Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge!)”
“While in hospital, a lady phones me, crying her eyes out, and tells me that her daughter has just gone into labour, and she was allowed to take any music into the labour ward, and she just wanted me to know, that she chose my CD! I was SO deeply touched and overwhelmed! She never knew that I was in hospital, and feeling useless. But she called to say, that she just wanted me to know!”
“How cool is that! God knows your life and its ups and downs! And He knows when you or someone else needs to hear that they count! And that their lives mean something! That in some way, their lives make a difference! And sometimes He wants to use you and I to pass on that message.”
“May I encourage you my friends! I cannot tell you how many times someone has sent me a message etc, at a time when I felt so useless, and frustrated, because of challenges/circumstances that I cannot control, that sometimes keep me from being able to do all that I am burning inside to do. And just at THAT moment, someone sends a message that touches me so deeply, that I cry tears of joy! And that simple act of obedience, from the person who sent it, somehow gives me hope again! Like right now I am flat on my back in pain, feeling frustrated and overwhelmed, and God let’s someone send me the most precious message that so deeply touched my heart….”
“Somehow it lets me realize, that God is not limited by ANYTHING, when He wants His child to know that they DO make a difference, even when they don’t feel like they are! You are God’s treasured gift! And you are going through something that others are also going through! And what you learn in those deep dark and painful times, are revelations that others need to hear. The Bible says that what we learn in the dark, we must speak out in the light…”
2 Corinthians 4:6-9 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…
“So please may I be the one to tell you today. If you’re still breathing, your life DOES matter so, so much more than you realize! And that your situation is not your fault! You are not being punished! And this is not the end! It’s just the beginning of God using your story for His glory! Even but for a moment….! And He is looking for a person who says, I am NOT a victim! I am a SURVIVOR! I have made it this far! And I will NOT be silent! I WILL tell others that they are precious to God and loved like they have NEVER EVER known! And no matter how many people misunderstand your challenges, take your eyes off them, and let God use your life! He needs you and me. Yes, YOU!!!!!
“Don’t EVER let the enemy keep you in a place of feeling unworthy or condemned! Cause that is what will paralyse us. A condemned person does not want to share about God. So if the enemy can keep us feeling unworthy, we will not let Jesus shine through even our broken lives… YOU MATTER…please believe it!!”
Any survivors out there?
(Love Angie Van Greuning – “God’s Heartbeat For You…!”)
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