For a long time God has been nudging me about the need to be part of a community that not only shares their story, but speaks of redemption. An honest connection for sharing how God has used our scars as unique qualifications to bring his light to the dark spaces.
It all started with trying to write about my own story and being smacked in the face over how my childhood wounds make me the perfect mother for my own daughter. And how my grief and loss has enabled me to talk about hope and tenacity in the valley.
So I’m starting a series of sorts here on the blog where I’ll host and create space for other people to share their beautiful scars and painful yet unique qualifications. A space for sharing our stories, even the most painful parts all for the purpose of glorifying a God who wastes nothing and is open to redeeming it all.
If you have a story of beautiful scars and would be willing to share it here please contact me and we’ll chat about it.
Today I am humbled to give blog space to my friend Joy Cannis as she shares her raw and honest story of loss and restoration. I’ve known Joy for a while online now and I’m blessed to be in connection with her, hoping you feel the same:
I grew up in a loving home surrounded by “God-fearing” parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors. My mom says that I prayed to receive Christ at age two. Though she was unable to decipher my words, she’s certain that’s what I did.
I distinctly remember at age seven, sitting at the kitchen counter, across from my mom, when my dad called to say that my grandfather’s long and painful battle with cancer was over. And just like that I learned of mortality.
I was never afraid of death before having someone that I knew and loved pass away. It made it so real. When my grandmother died many years later, I can remember looking at her body in the casket. Her hands were pale and shriveled.
“Why do her hands look that way?” I asked my uncle.
He replied with a look of disdain, “There’s no blood in her body! They have to drain it all out! Didn’t you know that?!”
I didn’t know that, but I would never forget it after that moment.
This is a very honest open look into the trials and tribulations of one woman. Written by Joy, (from Even A Girl Like Me) and posted in full on the site of Leanne Penny. This is a great story about what our God can do, even when we have sunk into the depths of depravity. The Lord will pursue His own, if you need a story of love never ending and hope realized, please read this testimony by Joy. You will be touched, and amazed by what she went through, and where she is now.
To finish reading, please head over to http://leannepenny.com/2012/05/23/beautiful-scars-when-i-was-a-christian/
Joy’s home site can be found here, Even A Girl Like Me
About the author: Greg is a strong believer in Jesus Christ and is also a political analyst, author, and is the Editor-in-Chief for the National War Council. By day he is a self-employed non-emergency medical transport driver, as well as being an author and blogger. His articles are first published on Inspirational Christian Blogs, and I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel of Christ! From there the articles are widely published on many well-known conservative websites. If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so leaving all links intact and crediting the author and the website that the article appeared on.
Greg is the author of the newly released book: Spiritual Darkness is Destroying America and the Church