I am so excited to kick-off our new “UnMasked And Thriving” series today! While writing my book “UnMasked: The Journey from Surviving to Thriving” a passion was ignited to help others share their testimony of unmasked freedom. To share your story allows others to see the sheer joy God has brought into your life, by letting others into the raw, vulnerable places. It takes courage to let others see your story. But our UnMasked moments allow others to see God through our stories. Our mess is truly His Message. Let’s share and encourage one another here!
Our series kicks-off with a good friend I have had the pleasure to connect with through Periscope. Miranda’s bio is at the end of this post, so after leaving a comment, please connect with her!
We all know when we hear these sounds, things are not going how you planned they were going to go that day. You have just encountered a car wreck and now your plans have changed. Regardless, if it was your fault or not, you are now going to have to take the time to deal with the damage. The damage might be to your vehicle or to yourself or sometimes even both.
What happens when crashes interrupt your life? I have a first hand account of this. My husband is in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. One day, we were living our life together as a family and the next we weren’t. We had our flaws but we loved each other, so that is all that mattered.
God decided it was time for us to learn deeper lessons. We had both strayed away from our faith. We still loved God but we wasn’t living for Him. It not like we were doing anything bad, but our heart was not for God. It was for us. Now for the rest of this post, I am only going to be speaking for myself and not for him. One day, his point of view will be on here.
I was living a selfish life and only living for myself and my family. Mainly, for myself. I would spend hours on the computer neglecting housework. When my husband was home, he would take care of the kids while I enjoyed my rest time. Now, I am not saying there is anything wrong with rest time, but when you have more rest time than productive time, then you have a problem.
Then, the crash of the lifetime happened. Some events played out and my kids were taken by CPS. Now, I lived for my kids. They were my identity. If I am not a mom, then who am I? I fell into a depression without them. I didn’t know what to do. I was a mom for five years at this point and always had someone to take care of and for two years I had two young kids that depended on their mom. While, after several months after not having my kids and walking around life hopeless, another crash happened. My husband was indicted for the crime. Then, all I wanted to do is to sit and cry. After he was bonded out, he went to go live with his grandparents who are the people with the strongest faith I know. A couple of days later, I followed him.
Now, his grandparents (who I love dearly and couldn’t thank them enough for what they have done) annoyed me to no end the first couple of days I lived with them. I thought why in the world are they so sure everything will work out? They don’t know. They are not God. I am ashamed to admit this, but that was how I felt.
After, about a week we attended prayer meeting with them and my first thought, man these are a bunch of gossiping people. After returning back to their house, I went outside and God just spoke to me. God was saying what are you doing, why aren’t you living for me?
At that moment, I re committed my life to Christ and never looked back. Now, I have the faith that everything will work out. It may not work out the way I want it to, but God has got my back. I cling to Genesis 50:20 all of the time, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
As crazy as it seems, I am thankful that this has happened. God has used this to work in miraculous ways. I have walked through lots of lessons which I would have never have learned. I would have never discovered the art of writing as a way to minister to others.
I did get my kids back and they are now in my care. I am still a work in progress and still have lots of lessons to learn. I am an imperfect person and thankfully, I do not need to be perfect to be a part of God’s kingdom!
I still have tendencies to go back to my old ways but I have to fight them off. I just now know God has got my back and He will take care of me and my family!!
Miranda blogs over at http://mirandamiller.net and welcomes new readers! She is a lover of the Lord and a mom to a 4 and 6 year-old.
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I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. I am an author, blogger, ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach, Motivational and Inspirational Speaker and encourager. More than anything, I define myself as a child of God. I simply desire to use my passion for thriving (getting every single drop out of life) to inspire others. I have overcome disabilities (coloboma vision-loss, severe hearing-loss and a small right arm). I am a double brain cancer survivor. I use the story God has given me to move beyond what I am surviving and thrive in His promises. I enjoy being a wife to Steve for over 12 years and mother to three boys (ages 9, 7 and 4).
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