KENTUCKY (10/13/2012) - I have been a teen age mom and wife, I have been abused by men, by people I love and adore. I have been hurt and rejected by some of the people I love most in my life. I have blamed God for many things in my past. I used drugs and alcohol to numb the pain, heartache and brokenness in my life instead of going to the healer of all things; God himself. It wasn't until my lowest point (funny how that happens) that God revealed Himself to me once again. See God has never been a stranger in my life, I was raised in church, God never left me, I left Him. All the pain and heartache and situations that had been in my life was God preparing me for something more. To show me how strong I could be and what I could accomplish with Him by my side. God is Amazing. There are many times in my self destructive life I should really have lost my life, God was there. He wasn't finished with me yet. Even when I tried to end my own life, He found purpose and wouldn't let it happen.
I thought God had abandoned me when I lost my Memaw, the only person in this world that believed in me, that would hold me and would always tell me I was worth so much more than I ever gave myself credit for. She was a very Godly women who radiated God's light through every aspect of her life. He took her home on Feb. 12, 1989. That day plays over constantly in my head. But now I don't blame God. Not at all. I praise Him!! I know that it was His will; I am thankful for the time He allowed her to be here on earth and be my teacher.
God has put me on a path, my husband also. We each were searching for an answer of what God wants us to do for Him and for His glory. Not even realizing it, we were done on the path to the answer the whole time. We help our church with the youth group ... We started out just cooking for them when they needed cooks for an event, then we started being asked to help with fundraisers, then help with the youth meetings.. God was leading us.. We are now youth leaders at our church and have an amazing bunch of kids that we love and adore.
There are so many kids these days that have no one, family's broken, parents on drugs or in jail or just gone, there are teen pregnancies on the rise, kids joining gangs, etc. There is such a screaming outcry for help from these youth all around us. Is anyone listening? YES!! We are! But most importantly GOD IS!! There are so many that doesn't know about Jesus. They don't know that there is someone that will love them like they have never known, that there is someone there that will NEVER leave them. There are kids out there that are rejected, ridiculed, bullied, and beat down because of their looks, because of their past, because of even having a "bad last name". No one takes time to know them...how they feel, how they want to change the world!
I have heard my own cousin be called a "satan worshiper" simply because she chooses to dye her hair black and wear chains, baggie clothes and gauge her ears. When in all reality she is a Christian and loves the lord with all her heart and soul.
My question is "WHEN ARE WE GOING TO STOP JUDGING AND START LOVING ONE ANOTHER AS GOD STATES IN THE GOOD BOOK?"
How many of these kids are we going to allow to go through their young lives and into adulthood not knowing about Jesus and knowing that there are people out here that do love them, that do accept them and know THEY ARE WORTH IT!?
If you would like to learn more about Xtreme Fire Ministries, visit us online at: www.xtremefireministries.com. Information provided to SurfKY News by Rev. Antony Bogdon.
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