Amanda, 32, Utah, USA
In 2016, I found myself in a custody battle. I can now see that the situation was caused by my own selfishness and pride, but I was clueless at the time. I was empty, lost and broken…but in the middle of it all, God moved!
While in the car one day, God revealed Himself to me. His presence overwhelmed me! I had never felt so much love, heat, and peace at the same time. Then, He spoke: “I AM who you think I AM, and I’ve been here for you. I have not left you. This storm you’re in will develop you. You have never finished anything in your life…now it’s time to rise, finish what you started, and learn how to walk through fire as I show you that you won’t get burned…if you do it MY way, then your worst days are behind you.” The choice was obvious: I finally surrendered to God’s will.
As I let Him take control of my life, everything started to fall in place. I still face battles, but I face them with a different kind of strength. Before, my life was a wreck, as were all of my relationships. But because of Christ, I am now whole – and even my relationships have been restored to health!
Today, I’m living radically for Jesus. If He tells me to move states, I pack up. If He tells me to fly somewhere to tell someone He has a purpose for them, I get on a plane. Whatever he tells me to do, I do it – because I know His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). God uses us to do awesome things! After obeying God’s urgings, I have seen Him break chains off of people…I have seen the fruits of obedience!
I have never before felt this much peace, joy, and love. Despite everything I’ve done, there is no judgment – just freedom. My own chains have been lifted…I am forever humbled by His grace.