Hello. My name is Brenda. I love the Lord with all of my heart and I seek to live my life for Jesus. I didn’t realize until I was an adult I needed a Savior. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the young age of 24 and God started to draw me closer to Him. Even after I made it through Cancer, I put God back into my “God box” and I still lived my life the way I wanted to. It wasn’t until my first husband was going through a major addiction problem that I surrendered my life to Christ! Unfortunately, sin and addiction led to many consequences and some very difficult days, in my case a divorce.
I LIFT MY TEARS TO GOD…
So…after 23 years of marriage I found myself alone with 2 young children. It was during those alone times that I would lift my tears to God asking Him to not let this all be in vain, and to use me! God called me 13 years ago to speaking and writing my story.
SO HERE I AM!!
Here I am 13 years later. God has restored my life to far greater than I ever imagined. He blessed me with a godly man with a selfless and servant’s heart! God brought me His very best for me! I now have 3 step-children, ages 26, 23 and 16. God allowed me to help raise them after their mom passed away, due to illness. My children are now 19 and 24 and I am proud of the young adults they have all grown up to be! God is faithful!
BY THE GRACE OF GOD!!
By the grace of God I am now a 29 year Cancer survivor. I am seeking to bring God glory by enlarging my territory through reaching others by writing and speaking hope and truth! If you will allow God to use your story, and your tears, your pain will never be in vain. I thank you for taking the time to read my story and I pray that you are blessed by my blogs. It is my desire to help you overcome life’s clutter and circumstances to discover joy through Christ.
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Blessings to you always,
I was raised by both of my parents and we would go to Church every Christmas and Easter and maybe a few times in between.
I was raised Methodist and believed in God and knew that Jesus had died on the Cross and rose 3 days later. We celebrated Advent every Christmas and recited the Lord’s Prayer every Church Service. As a teenager I remember going to a Youth event with my best friend at her Church and hearing that I needed to be saved and needed to ask Jesus in my heart. I also remember not wanting to do that because I thought being a Christian wasn’t fun and it was boring. So…I rejected God. I had chosen a party lifestyle and experimented with things I have later regretted. The road I went down led me to my adult life. I got married at 19 and we continued to party until God got my attention at age 24 when I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I went through five surgeries in one year. During this time my faith in God grew, but once I got well and was healed of cancer I continued to live a life without God.
How I came to accept Christ:
But God had a plan for me because when I was pregnant with my 2nd child He moved us right beside a Baptist preacher. He and his wife started inviting us to their Church. We did start visiting.
I realized that if I were to die I wouldn’t go to Heaven, because the only way to get to Heaven is by asking Jesus to come into my heart and live for Him and I had never done that. I heard of God’s forgiveness and love and I knew that I needed a Savior! I probably said the Sinner’s prayer three or four times just to make sure I was saved. I remember asking God to show me who Jesus is because I didn’t know Him. I only knew of Him. I realized that if I had died when I had cancer I would not have gone to Heaven. Even though I had faith in God and thought I would have – I didn’t know Jesus. My life started changing and God changed my desires. I had a very strong desire to study God’s word and pray. But…as I mentioned a life without Jesus and bad choices has consequences.
My life since I accepted Christ:
I went through a divorce twelve years later due to my husband’s addictions. This was the hardest thing that I had ever been through…the emotional pain was much harder than even the physical pain I had experienced from cancer. But God gave me many promises and was so very faithful to me and carried me through this.
He has used my pain and tears to minister to many others. God gave me a verse many years ago of Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.“ He just wants us to seek Him first with all of our heart! I am now married again to a wonderful, godly, humble, selfless man. I have great kids and loving godly friends. My life is full of joy and peace! God is faithful!! Do YOU trust Him? I do!!! You can connect with Brenda McGraw not only through her website but also through Twitter at @BrendaMMcGraw and her Facebook Author page Ask God Today at https://www.facebook.com/askgodtodaybyBrenda. Need a Speaker? http://www.askgodtoday.com/need-a-speaker/