As I start this journey of sharing my story with others it is a little scary. Scary, not because I have anything to hide, but scary because I have to dig back into some of the deepest darkest times of my life. Times that I wish I could forget but have made me who I am today! It involves people that I have forgiven over and over. It involves going to a place deep in my heart, in my soul, and exposing them to the world. God has brought healing for my pain and hope for my future!

So why would I do it? Why would I share things from my past if it is going to hurt again? Acts 23:11 says, “The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.” The Lord was telling Paul it was time for him to go outside of his city to tell others about the great and amazing things He had done. God has done some pretty amazing things in my life as well! He has carried me through a time in my life when I could only look at “one day at a time”. Everybody in my own little “circle of friends” has heard my life story and now, it is time to let others know.

Everyday Jesus is calling people to Himself. He doesn’t need me, He allows me to be His hands, His feet and His voice! I just hope as I walk this journey of remembering and sharing what The Lord revealed to me; in some way it encourages others to become all God has called them to be! I pray God will use my story to give some sweet young wife or mother the courage and the boldness to have love, which is tough enough, to change the direction of someone’s life and bring peace to her heart and life as well. For her faith in God to grow as she experiences the glory of His hand move in ways that will testify “it could only be God”!! I pray it will help a brother or a dad know that sometimes life is tough and our actions lead to our consequences. Our experiences really do make us stronger! May hope, salvation and faith be found and God be glorified!

As I lived through years of living with someone that had an addiction I found that I was not alone. There are many others that are hiding in their shame and trying to face whatever is thrown at them one day at a time. God brought angels in the appearance of other women in my life! He gave me shoulders to cry on and allowed me to help minister to others! It was such a bittersweet time and now it’s time to step out in faith and share my story of His faithfulness!! As I write my story the names have been changed to protect people that I care about and love.
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About Brenda McGraw

Brenda McGraw is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where a team of writers share hope and truth with others. She has a God-given dream to reach the masses with the gospel of Christ. Brenda is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller,“Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She has two new books released. Finished, Top Ten Steps to Finish Writing a Book and Living Uncluttered, An Abundant Life Bible Study. Brenda lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and one of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.
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