God’s Going to Use This

Can I be real for a second and share something I hate hearing? It’s that “God is going to use this.” Yep, those six words make me cringe. It is something I’ve not only heard a million times, but I have said it a million times to other people. And it’s not that I hate hearing it because it isn’t true, but it’s because I’m just stubborn and don’t want to think about the good when I’m dealing with the bad. The words ring so true. I’ll probably continue to say this to other people and I’m sure other people will continue saying it. There’s truth to it. And sometimes we have to hear things that are the truth even when they make us uncomfortable.

The other night a friend sent me a quote and I ended up making a graphic for it to save to my phone that I’ll post below. Rick Warren says “other people are going to find healing in your wounds. Your greatest life messages and your most effective ministry will come out of your deepest hurts.” The quote points to things that my friend had told me multiple times. She would often say that other people are going to find healing through my hurt. Talk about pouring salt on my wide open wounds! I didn’t want to have to suffer just so it would help someone else. Let them learn and find healing some other way!! What a selfish mindset that was for me to have, right?

2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 says “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.”

Ouch. That puts it in major perspective for us, doesn’t it? Sometimes we seek comfort in things like food, tv, relationships, sleeping, or scrolling through Facebook. But God is the source of ALL comfort. What a blessing it is to be able to comfort others when they are in times of trouble. I’ve finally gotten to the point in my own troubles and trials that I’m even able to speak openly about it. For so long I didn’t want to for a multitude of reasons, but God really pressed it into my heart that I need to use this hardship for good. For His good. That’s why I started Rescue Story Ministries. My deepest hurt is now my ministry and I can help bring comfort to others in their own hurts. Isn’t it amazing how God works like that? If I was in church right now I would shout “Amen!”

When you’re in the middle of your own storm, it is hard to think about how that storm is going to not only bring glory to God’s name, but how it is going to help others. We tend to put our blinders on and only focus on ourselves when times get tough, but once we get out of the storm we can see that other people are going to find healing from your wounds. You are going to have a message and ministry to share because of what you have been through. That may be hard to hear if you are smack dab in the middle of a major hurt at the moment. Trust me, I’ve been there. I’m still there in a lot of ways. But good can come from the bad. God can take that hurt and that pain and that wound and use it to bring glory to Him and to be a blessing to others. Let us not ever be so wrapped up in our own self pity that we don’t want to honor God and help others. Find comfort in the Lord and take that comfort to others.

The Grace You Need

I listened to a sermon last March by Tim Miller, the pastor at Sevier Heights Baptist Church, and he said something that really made me stop and think. He said “God may not give you the answer you want, but He will give you the grace you need.” I scribbled that in my journal and came back to it often throughout 2019. So often when we pray, we are desperately seeking an answer. An answer that WE want. Perhaps we are praying for healing of a loved one, praying that we get that job promotion, praying that our kids get selected for the basketball team, praying that our marriages will get better, praying that our sadness will go away, praying for more financial stability. The list can go on and on. We ask God for things with the belief that asking will get us what we want. But God is a good, good father and doesn’t always say yes to our every command and wish. Good parenting involves saying no sometimes.

Think about that time at Target when you saw that young mama tell her 3 year old “no” to purchasing a new toy. What reaction ensued? If you visit the Targets that I do then you would have seen that 3 year old hurl himself onto the floor, kicking, screaming, wailing, and having a major meltdown over the fact that his mama said no. She was supposed to love him. Why didn’t she say yes? Now, I may not literally throw a temper tantrum when God doesn’t give me the answer I want, but I definitely emotionally struggle with it. I have a little pity party where I internally kick and scream and get extremely frustrated. Do you? We think that we deserve what we are asking for and we think that God should give it to us. We think that since He loves us then He should indulge us in our heart’s desires. But sometimes He doesn’t.

The times when God doesn’t give us the answer we want, it is important to remember that He will give us the grace we need. We may not get that job promotion, but God can give us grace to endure the job we are currently in. He may not fix your husband’s downfalls, but He will give you the grace to endure and be compassionate. He may not let your kid get picked for the sports team, but He will give you the words to comfort your child. He may not heal your loved one of cancer, but He will give you the grace to endure the trial. He’s a good, good God.

The next time you find yourself praying for a yes from God or for a specific answer, also pray that God prepares your heart to not receive that answer. Pray for the grace you need. He will absolutely give you the grace to endure any situation, especially when He isn’t giving you the answer you want. His ways are always way better than our ways and He sees the bigger picture that we will never be able to see. All things are for His good and all His ways are perfect. I pray that the next time you find yourself in a season of not getting the answers that you want, that you will lean into God and His grace and His promises and find peace there.

Why Rescue Story Ministries?

First post alert. As I sat staring at my blinking cursor on my laptop for longer than I would like to admit, I kept wondering and praying for what my first post should be. I have so much I want to share and so many directions I want to go that it is hard to find a starting point. I thought I would begin today with this first post simply explaining why I chose the name of my ministry. Sound good?

Over the summer when I was thick in the throes of grief, I latched onto music. I felt that God was being silent in what I was asking Him to do for me and I turned to music as my way of hearing God. Little did I know that praise and worship music would become my solace when I just couldn’t bear to open my Bible anymore or to even pray. Several songs became near and dear to my heart during those lonely summer months, but once I started back to work in the fall I began to really hear the lyrics of “Rescue Story” by Zach Williams. I’ll post the lyrics in full below, but the song points to the idea that the Lord rescues us, picks us up from our ashes, fights our battles, hears us, and ultimately never gives up on us. These lyrics hit me like a ton of bricks one day and I just clung to them like a healing balm for my soul. That song became my anthem. I mean it says that God was writing our pages before we were ever born! Doesn’t that offer us some encouragement when we are tempted to write our own stories and fill our own pages with the things that we want?

Around the same time, I took a tear filled drive with my sweet friend, Holly. I’ll share more about Holly in future posts but for the sake of brevity I will share this specific story today. We were in her car and I was just sobbing and having a major breakdown. She was giving me gentle life advice and she said some words that became etched into my brain forever. She told me in a gentle, tough love, Big Sis kind of way the following: “Kels, you keep waiting for God to deliver you from this situation and fix it, but God has RESCUED you from this.” At the time, those weren’t the words I wanted to hear and if I’m being totally honest, a big part of me still doesn’t want to hear them. However, the word that stood out to me was rescue. God rescued me. God heard my cries. He brought me from death to life. He rescued me in the pits of my despair.

We all have a rescue story to share. A time when things seemed hopeless and all joy was gone. But God in all his amazing ways rescued us from that. My goal with this ministry is to share the ways in which God has rescued me while also giving a platform for others to share how God has rescued them. He is faithful in all of His ways and He is ready to rescue us from any situation and redeem it for His good and His glory. It’s a painful process and a road filled with brokenness, but God wants us to let Him rescue us. I cannot wait to utilize this ministry in sharing my own story and the stories of others. Our rescue stories will be told.

Here are the lyrics to “Rescue Story” by Zach Williams. I pray it blesses your heart like it has blessed mine.

“Rescue Story”

There I was empty-handed
Crying out from the pit of my despair
There You were in the shadows
Holding out Your hand You met me there

And now where would I be without You?
Where would I be, Jesus?

You were the voice in the desert
Calling me out in the dead of night
Fighting my battles for me
You are my rescue story
Lifted me up from the ashes
Carried my soul from death to life
Bringing me from glory to glory
You are my rescue story

You are, You are
You are my rescue story
You are, You are

You were writing the pages
Before I had a name
Before I needed grace, oh
Singing songs of redemption
‘Cause every time I ran away
You were louder than my shame

And now where would I be without You?
Where would I be, Jesus?

You were the voice in the desert
Calling me out in the dead of night
Fighting my battles for me
You are my rescue story
Lifted me up from the ashes
Carried my soul from death to life
Bringing me from glory to glory
You are my rescue story

You never gave up on me
You never gave up on me
You are my testimony, ooh…
You never gave up on me
You never gave up on me
You are my testimony, ooh…
You never gave up on me
Oh, You never gave up on me
Oh, this is my testimony

Oh, You were the voice in the desert
Calling me out in the dead of night
Fighting my battles for me
You are my rescue story
Lifted me up from the ashes
Carried my soul from death to life
Bringing me from glory to glory
‘Cause You are my rescue story

You are, You are (You are my rescue story)
Oh, You never gave up on me, never gave up on me
You are, You are
Yeah, You are my rescue story

Have a blessed weekend and thank you for being a part of Rescue Story Ministries.