Together for Good

Despite being raised in a divorced family, a teen finds "triple blessings".
An unusual true story of triumph over trials.
 

 

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”

(Romans 8:28)

   colorful pencil  My life is unique a lot of ways. I was saved at the age of five in my living room. My dad and I knelt by our couch, and he opened up the Bible and led me to the Lord.  Part of me wishes that I was a little older so that I could have more memories of it. The other part of me is glad the Lord saved me from the possibility of living half my life not knowing and loving Him.

 

     This, of course, is not necessarily uncommon. Neither, unfortunately, is what I am about to share. But sometimes, in order to get to the oasis of God’s blessing and joy,  you have to cross the long and dry desert.

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     When I was young, before I was saved, my parents got divorced. broken pencil It was pretty tough for my brother and me, as I am sure it is for every child that goes through it. I was upset, angry, and confused. I didn’t like the fact that my parents were apart, or that I could only see my mom on some days and my dad on the others. I had hoped and wished that my parents would get back together, but the years went by and it never happened.

 

     As I look back on it now, I see that despite the pain of that time, God did not forsake me and that many blessings came out of it.

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     My parents both got remarried, which at first, made me upset and angry, because I still thought we could all be a family again. But now I experience a real blessing because I not only have my parents, but also a step dad and step mom who care very much for me and my brother. 2 rows of pencils This means that I have twice the people to talk to, to get help and advice from, to spend time with, and to worry about me when I get my first car. It is awesome to experience how God works through your tough times to bring you to great ones.

                                                      

     Another blessing out of trials is the amount of siblings I have because of my two homes. My mom and step dad have two girls (the first of which being my first sister) and a boy. My dad and step mom have a girl and a boy. If it wasn’t for the tough times in my life, I wouldn’t have the blessing of five of my siblings, who are each different and unique. colored pencils They have also helped teach me responsibility and helped me prepare for one of my major goals in life…motherhood.

                                                                                                           

     But one of the most unique blessings that I enjoy from God is the relationship between my two homes, which I cherish greatly. From what I have seen, “normal” split homes don’t really get along, or they just don’t associate with each other.  My two homes are good friends with each other. MeshingPencils We both go to the same church, invite each other over, fellowship and talk with each other on a regular basis, and my younger brothers and sisters have play dates at each others homes. We even spend many holidays under the same roof. But the best thing that I have been blessed with by God is the fact that they are both Christian homes. I think that is why we get along so well. God is so good.

                                                                  

  Breaking Pencil   Divorce is not God's original design and is always the result of sin. It is ugly and painful, no matter how easy the transition may seem. But as with all dark times, for those of us who know Jesus, He is always there, and always working all things together for our good and His glory, despite how they start out. He is always in control.

  

      Often I see my life as a train. Sometimes I must go through dark tunnels…trials that at times may be short or at times so long that I can’t see the light at the end, and I fear I will never get out. That’s when I get on my knees and seek the Lord. Soon a faint light appears in the distance and it gives me hope. I keep praying and eventually the Lord brings me out of the tunnel and into the bright fresh air.

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      I know there will be other tunnels, but I also know and have experienced that the Lord will always be with me, giving me strength and help. He has blessed me tremendously, and I am so thankful for Him and His love toward me.

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“For Thou art my hope, O Lord God: Thou art my trust from my youth.”

(Psalm 71:5)

God is always at work, and He is turning all of our losses and all of our pains into something good for us if we trust Him.
   

Amanda

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