1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (emphasis mine)
There is so much that I am thankful for. I could talk at great length on how grateful I am for a loving and forgiving husband. I could exhaust the topic of how thankful I am that I have to fabulous, intelligent, talented, and healthy children. I truly appreciate that I have a great job with security, that I have a wonderful church family, and that I have a comfortable home with plenty to eat. I could talk about all that. But today I have decided to talk about something altogether different.
I stumbled upon She Reads Truth through my bible app. It had nearly been a year since my world had fallen apart, and I was looking for peace and direction through bible study. I began browsing the different devotion options on YouVersion, and my eyes fell on a title that I could not pass up: FRESH START.
Psalm 75:1 (NCV) God, we thank you; we thank you because you are near. We tell about the miracles you do. (emphasis mine)
A fresh start was exactly what I needed. I was still suffering tremendously… torturing myself over my sins. I needed what that devotion was offering me. I needed to feel refreshed and to be able to start over again.
I cannot put into words how thankful I am that GOD brought me to this community. I began delving deeper into His Word. I began thinking about Him differently– about myself differently. I admitted my sin openly to the group and found love and acceptance there. And I began to feel different about myself.
Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (emphasis mine)
Suddenly my days were seeming brighter. I was getting up earlier and earlier to make time to mediate on God’s Word, share with my fellow sisters, and learn from what they were sharing with me. I hated to see the Fresh Start end… I was feeling so much better, but I was still not feeling like I was where I should be.
God answered that through SRT with the next devotion/study: the Soul Detox. YES! I was making a fresh start, I just needed to get rid of the toxins in my life and get closer to God. And I did! I made notes feverishly. I highlighted and bookmarked passages like there was no tomorrow. I began memorizing scripture. All the while, I had cyber friends that were completing the journey with me. They prayed for me. They shared with me. They encouraged me. I tried to return in kind as often as I was able.
I am so thankful for the She Reads Truth community. No, I may never meet these beautiful women who have been sharing their souls with me… but I love each and every one. And I am eternally grateful to God for them all.