I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
This past weekend I was honored to experience yet another testament to the goodness and faithfulness of my wondrous Heavenly Father. On a beautiful campus nestled in the arms of the mountains, I sat among hundreds and listened to a sweet prayer of how it was all impossible without the help of Jesus Christ Himself. For He is the Great Sustainer of life. For He is the strength from within because of His death and resurrection. For He is the ultimate Helper and Provider. The Merciful and Gracious King. In the good and in the bad. In the tough and in the easy. In school and out of school.
And with an “amen” to the tune of my own thankfulness, I praised His name for helping me yet again.
A degree earned in the face of adversity. Long nights of intense homework when life was screaming for my attention instead. Overwhelming projects when the enemy was hurling his own disruptive assignments at my family. Blood, sweat, and tears. Now come on. Give me break. Paper cuts and temper tantrums count, right?
And with the call of my God-given name, I walked across a stage and received yet another memorial to remember what had just been done. Christ had brought me through yet again. Just as He always does. With Him, I can do as He has called me to do. Nothing is impossible.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6
On the hard days and in the darkest of nights, I just have to remember. That when I was hungry or full, when I was tired or rested, or when I had plenty and then there was none, Christ gave me strength to endure and overcome. And if the blood of Christ and my own God story wasn’t enough to keep me rooted in faith, there’s another miracle to share. A beautiful story of redemption that I know God gave me to receive and share, for the saving of many. You don’t want to miss this.
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Genesis 50:20
Meet my new friend and sister in Christ, Cassie. She’s just radiant isn’t she?
Doesn’t Jesus just look so good on her? That’s what His unbelievable grace and mercy can do for a hopeless soul. He can change us from the inside out to where we even smell like Him. It’s beautiful and it’s eternal.
You see, I met Cassie just this past weekend at graduation practice. I immediately knew something was different about her. She was glowing with excitement but even more? Thankfulness. Appreciation. Reflection. I didn’t know her story but I wanted to. I know what can happen when you share from within and I was hoping that she would. And she did.
“I was a homeless junkie just six years ago.” Wait, what? Yep, I had heard her right. Addicted and living on the streets without hope was her reality just six short years ago. From that very moment on, all I could think about was her and what this day must mean. In fact, I even told her with tears in my eyes, “this ain’t even about me anymore, it’s all about you.” How good of God to rescue His precious daughter from the darkest of dark and plant her feet solid and firm on the rock of salvation. Man, I have holy goosebumps right now remembering her tears and her children’s faces glowing with pride, the same children she had once lost custody of to addiction.
God is beyond good to us isn’t He? Whether it’s helping us make it through one more diaper change or keeping us alive through one more overdose, He is faithful. He makes a way when our children cut us deep and turn the other way and He springs up new life when death hits close to home. Strength and endurance He provides when there’s no money left and hope is restored when this world just seems too dark. If my story isn’t enough to rattle your chains, let the Holy Spirit use Cassie’s God story to break you free.
There’s nothing too bad or too deep that is impossible for Christ to redeem. Nothing that you have done or that you are doing. His love covers it all. Our Father in Heaven is so worthy to be praised. He loves us even when we are unloveable. He forgives when others say crucify. He provides even when we get in the way. He’s so loving and kind.
Today, I want to glorify His name by publicly thanking Him for helping me graduate Magna Cum Laude from Lees-McRae College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. But today, I want to glorify His name for my sister Cassie’s story of redemption. For reaching down into the pit of the streets, alone and empty, and raising her to life, helping her to graduate Summa Cum Laude from Lees-McRae College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. People, God is beyond good.
And now? I need you to read Cassie’s very own words of what exactly it is that God has done for her. Blue Ridge Christian News recently featured her powerful testimony and we need to share it galore. The world needs to know that nothing is impossible when we turn to Jesus Christ for help. You can find her testimony below. Help me shout from the rooftops the goodness of our Savior by sharing her story and giving hope to the hopeless once again.