Amanda and Madison – also known every year on Christmas cards as “The Moore Girls” – are two precious treasures in my life. Over the years, I’ve seen God’s grace in their family and how He carried them through some pretty dark days. From the loneliness that comes with military deployments, to a marriage broken by addiction, to becoming a single, working mom who is saved by grace through unwavering faith.
I was recently talking with Amanda about my goal for this blog to be a Christian lifestyle blog that offers hope and encouragement to others. While this blog is still 110% under construction and a total work in progress, she volunteered to be the first to share her story. I hope her story offers inspiration to you, too. 😊
“I would like to start out by giving God all the praise and glory. God has proven faithful beyond what I had even imagined.
I am amazed that my God pulled me right out of the darkness I was living in and turned it to light. I was raised in church as a little girl. At the age of 8, I was saved. I remember that day like it was yesterday. The world around me was spinning and at the same time, everything stood still as I stood there and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
As the years went by my relationship with Jesus grew apart. As much as I hate to say it, other things became more important and my focus wasn’t on Him in the way it should be. I was living a life I desired and not the life Jesus desired for me.
Fast forward years later I found myself wanting to get back into the church. I wanted my daughter raised in the church. I wanted my family in the church. I felt a tugging for Jesus. Tugging me to draw closer to him. Slowly I started back into church. But not faithfully going, not faithfully praying, not faithfully making the time for Him. And this is where I think my wake up call from Jesus came.
Things in my life and marriage began to spiral out of control. I was watching the life I created crumble right before my eyes and there was nothing I could possibly do to stop it. My marriage and life at that moment had hit rock bottom and I could not see a way out. Looking back I now see that God needed to break me to position me to bring me back to Him. As much as I hate what I have gone through I now see that it needed to happen.
Now here is where the light begins to shine – I didn’t know which way to turn. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know how to be a single mom. Or how I was going to provide for my daughter. I had no idea what I needed to do. But my GOD knew exactly what I needed…and it was HIM.
I went from worrying constantly about how I was going to make this work to trusting the one true person in my life. God has made beauty from ashes many times in my life. He has restored the years stolen away. He has been my constant source of hope and strength. He has done too much for me not to give Him glory. Life hasn’t always been easy, but God has always been faithful!
Sitting here, typing this out – this incredible life I have is all because of my God. I am beyond thankful that he has answered prayers and blessed me in the ways he has. There are still days I struggle but I know with him all things are possible.
I love that I’m able to see my beautiful daughter grow daily in her faith. I love that she loves just as big as God. I love that she teaches me daily to be more like God. God knew exactly what he was doing when he gave me this precious little girl to help me survive what I thought I was never going to survive.
God is good, All the time. All the time, God is good.”
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