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Before and After: Proof of His Mercy

 

Kris WolfeClarksville, TN – I should have been unremarkable, a nobody, but because of God, I am a servant in His Kingdom daily.

When I was asked to speak at a ladies conference a couple of months ago, I was honored. I was asked to discuss my life before and after Christ. unlike many Christians who became followers at an early age, I was very much an adult when I became a follower. The issue for the conference became, what do I talk about? Where do I begin?

The daunting task at hand was: remember all that I was before I met God, and all that I am now that I have, and choose one thing that has changed for me because of Him.

After weeks of praying for God to shine a light on the thing He wanted me to share, my prayers sort of came up empty. I realized that there is not ONE thing that has changed because of God’s love; EVERYTHING has changed because of Him.

When I was a little girl, I remember a lady at church (whom I had never met!) saying to me, “You can’t really love others until you love yourself.” I thought that was the silliest thing I had ever heard. Not only had I never heard of loving yourself, I felt quite certain that I didn’t, nor was I supposed to. It wasn’t until God and I started spending time together that I realized the love He has for me, and His desire for that love to be reflected in my relationships too.

Like many of the women I know, I have been let down and rejected by many people, especially the father figures and other men in my life. I have searched high and low for the security and love that I thought should’ve came from them. At the age of 30, I was divorced.

Five years later, I married again. If you are my Facebook friend, you will know that after 8 years with my now husband, I am smitten. With him I have found security and love. But it has little to do with him. I am a new woman because of Christ and I seek real security and love because of Christ, and I have real security and love through Christ.

That lady was right; I do love others more because I love myself. I am a writer now, helping women grow closer to God. And because of this love, I am no longer an unremarkable nobody. I am a child of God, and I am here to share His love.

Before God rescued me, I felt…

  • Abandoned
  • Rejected
  • Like a burden
  • Never good enough
  • Unlovable

After God saved me, I am…

  • Secure
  • Accepted
  • Purposeful
  • Worthy
  • Loved

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2. Cor. 12:9-10).


About Kris Wolfe

    Kris Wolfe

    Kris Wolfe is a Christian, wife and mother. Kris is a freelance writer who focuses on spiritual and practical encouragement. Kris also writes lessons for small group purposes for churches.  While attending Luther Rice University and Seminary pursuing a master’s degree in Biblical Counseling, she is also the Marketing Director for B.A. Wolfe Powersports.

    Kris covers topics such as dating, marriage, parenting, divorce, post-divorce recovery, and the blended family.

    Read more from Kris Wolfe at MorningGloryDevo.com or follow on Twitter @MrsKrisWolfe

    Web Site: http://www.morningglorydevo.com/
    Email: kristyannawolfe@gmail.com

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