Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Thankful Thursday

It is Thankful Thursday, where did this past week go. Join Lori at Lori's Reflections for many more thankfuls today.

I am thankful today that God takes the ugliest part of our lives and uses them for His good. When we are willing to submit to His plans...there is no limit to what God can do with our lives.

I would have never imagined that God could take my previous marriage, divorce and single parenting for 4 years and use it for His good. But, that is what is happening.

First, God led me to blogging about my life, struggles, pain, losses, victories...ALL THROUGH THE STORMS OF LIFE...MY LIFE. I believe that by me being willing and obedient to His leading...I have helped someone who was going through a rough time and they just needed to know that they weren't alone.

Now, God has laid it on a precious lady's heart at church to begin a Single Parents ministry. Roger and I have been approach, asked and accepted a position on the Advisory Board of this ministry. We will be helping, guiding, encouraging, mentoring and assisting the single parents of our church.

If Roger and I had neither one been married, divorced and single parents...God wouldn't be able to use us in the capacity. I can't being to thank Him enough for taking my painful mistakes, hurts and flaws...then, using them to honor Him.

Psalm 1:3
They are like trees that grow beside a stream, that bear fruit at the right time, and whose leaves do not dry up. They succeed in everything they do. (Message)

Jeremiah 29:11
I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out--plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for (Message)

Psalm 90:17
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; And confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands. (NAS)

Isaiah 43:18-19
"Forget about what's happened; don't keep going over old history. (19) Be alert, be present. I'm about to do something brand-new. It's bursting out! Don't you see it? There it is! I'm making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands. (Message)

I am so thankful for my painful past and my future of being a blessing to others because of my past.

Have a wonderfully blessed day!


  1. It is so great how God can turn our most painful moments in life into something for His glory...I am seeing alot of this around the blogging world...people are allowing God to use them in mighty ways...despite their painful pasts. Just awesome.

  2. That is so wonderful, bless you.

  3. Thats awesome Jenn! You guys will have so much encouragement and understanding to offer these folks that are hurting. I love it when God brings you thru things and then uses you to minister to others. -love ya, Laurie

  4. I am so glad my friend! How exciting! It is amazing how God uses the most painful situations and makes something beautiful out of them.

    Many blessings to you my friend!
    Happy TT!

  5. I say Amen to what you said! He is indeed an amazing GOD!

    may God continue to use you and bless you!

  6. What a wonderful blessing you will be to those who are where you've been. You will be blessed too as you share what God has done in your life and the wisdom you gained along the way!

  7. What a blessing.

    Your posts lately have oozed love for your husband and family. I love it.

  8. What a wonderful thankful!! I, too, have been through many storms, and God has pointed the way for me to use these past experiences, past mistakes and wrong choices for His good and wonderful purposes!!

    What an awesome God we serve!!


  9. Amen sister! I love that He turns our trash into treasure. He is the ultimate crafter isn't He?
    Hugs to you.

  10. I love to see how God can use our broken hearts and past sins and use it for HIS Glory. I pray God blesses you and Roger on this new journey.

    PS you may want to fix your link, I think you accidentally left your email instead of your blog address. Hugs.

  11. Praise God Jennifer! I regret my past but I am also thankful for it because I can relate to someone who is going through the same thing. I praise God He can take our messes and failures and when we turn to Him - He can use them for good. I love Isaiah 43:18-19. I usually do not like the Message but this is great!!

  12. Hey Jennifer,

    Great words for your Thankful Thursday. Sometimes when in the midst of "life's storms," it is hard to understand, but then at times later on you see God's hand at work.

    Love the name of your blog also. Isn't that so true about life.

    Happy Thankful Thursday!

  13. What a wonderful list Jenn! I am so thankful for the victory in your life and HOW EXCITING to use your past to pull others up to the next level. Woo hoo! God is so good!

    Love you,

  14. I liked your line...willing to submit to His plans...I am in a place where I need to do this...kinda hard sometimes...ya wonder, is this His will, His plan for me...

  15. ..."when we are willing to submit" Great line...I need to do this, but wonder, is this the will of this His plan for me...

  16. Praising God for bringing you through the storms of life. You have definitely been a blessing to me and I'm so excited about your opportunity to minister to Singles. That's great! Happy Thankful Thursday, my friend.

  17. Jennifer,

    We serve an amazing Lord! He can take the most hurtful things and turn them into the most amazingly beautiful glories! Amen

    Hugs to you, my sister. I am so happy for you!

  18. Love your blog and your ministry to others through sharing your past struggles and triumphs. Nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by my place today. Happy Thursday!

  19. God is sovereign over all, even in our struggles in life. Thank you for sharing today!

  20. Thank you, what a blessing to share your struggles, it is such an encouragement to me. And I love your blog and song!

  21. Jennifer, I am always blessed by reading your posts and the great comments left by others. What a blessing to share the majesty of our Lord! God bless you for saying 'yes' to the new ministry. I know that you and Roger will be a blessing to many others. Love, Carolyn

  22. I think it is so precious of our Lord to take our past, redeem it, and use it for His glory! May God bless you and your husband as you seek to serve Him and single parents in this new ministry!


  23. What a wonderful blessing for you and Roger!

    Sometimes we don't see God's mighty plan at the time of our hardest struggles....


Thank you for stopping by today and sharing your heart felt thoughts with me. As we ride "Through the Storms of Life" together, chances are...your situation is different than mine. However, we serve the same awesome God, King of Kings who is in complete control and it all belongs to Him anyway...He wants to give you the very best. Be encouraged my friend, God loves you!

Thank you again for taking the time to visit me at "Through the Storms of Life".


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