In 2016, I was inspired to write a version of this article, but I never would have imagined that I’d be revisiting this same message to encourage myself and others on their healing journey. It truly has a deeper and more personal meaning. If you know of someone who has had a recent loss or just struggling to try and heal from life’s trials, please share this article. Just “click” share at the bottom of this page. Be encouraged my friend.
On March 7, 2015, a dear friend invited me to attend a women’s prayer breakfast. As I prepared to enter the church, I was feeling disappointed because a friend I invited had not arrived. I just knew by hearing the testimonies of others, it would encourage her to move forward. To my surprise, there she was driving up. As I would find out later, not only was this to be a time of blessing for her, but I would also be a partaker.
As the speakers began to share their testimonies, I remember how they expressed themselves with such resolve. The common thread that resonated from each story was “Making your Misery your Ministry–Repurposing my Pain.” My heart was warmed by God’s presence, and by the transparency of each testimony. My ears were inclined to every word as they shared their valley and mountain-top moments. The message confirmed that there was “a work” for me to accomplish for God, and it would be birthed through the pain that had unfolded in my life.
Those valley moments that you’re experiencing, God can repurpose your pain and turn it into ministry. He will take your trials, afflictions, your losses, and transform you—using them for His good (Romans 8:28-29). Only God can…“ bestow on you a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair…” (Isaiah 61:3). All you have to do is trust Him. In this dark season, it appears that you can’t see your way, but MORNING IS COMING.” Psalms 30:5 says “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”
In 2017, my heart was broken by the loss of my brother-in-law and the tragic deaths of my sister and my only son. As I shared in a previous post, (You Are Not Alone), this pain is unbearable at times. This is the type of pain that goes so deep, only God can heal it. But I am determined to persevere. FRUIT MUST be produced from all of this pain. It will not be in vain. The enemy WILL NOT win.
How do we produce fruit from pain? For example, I am praying about starting a scholarship program for young African-American men in memory of my son, as well as planning to create a program that will support the elderly, which will give honor to my sister. Finally, it is through my writing that God is not only healing me, but He has inspired me to share my journey on this blog, (www.writingtoinspireblog.com), with the hope that it will inspire others.
Now, I want you to take a few moments and write down all of the ways you can use your gifts to repurpose your pain. What will you do with the challenges that you’ve endured? Will you let it consume you or will you pivot and turn your misery into ministry?
I DECREE: Just as a seed is planted deep in the soil (a dark place), it breaks open, germinates and springs up into a beautiful flower, YOUR PAIN SHALL BLOSSOM INTO PURPOSE and you will be a living testimony to those who are in need of hope.