“THE LORD is my Shepherd to feed, guide, and shield me, I shall not lack. He makes me lie down in fresh, tender green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters. He refreshes and restores my life , my self; He leads me in the paths of righteousness –uprightness and right standing with Him–not for my earning it, but for His name’s sake. Yes, though I walk through the deep, sunless valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod to protect and Your staff to guide, they comfort me.” from Psalm 23
A few years ago, I drew together a small group called “New Beginnings”…a group that focused on helping each other deal with the pain and misery that separation and divorce have on our lives. For far too many years churches of all denominations ignored the horrific impact separation and divorce had on the lives of their members, the children involved and even upon their congregation.
I know. It happened to me.
It wasn’t easy to work through the years and years of guilt, resentments, and feelings of betrayal, anger, and bitterness, but by the grace of God. . .
It wasn’t easy to wade through the bouts of self-pity and blaming others, but by the grace of God. . .
It wasn’t easy overcoming the financial constraints that seemed impossible and unending, but by the grace of God. . .
It wasn’t easy being a single parent to four children whose hearts were broken and lives were turned upside down — it was the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but by the grace of God. . .
It wasn’t easy needing to work one full time and two part-time jobs to make ends meet, but by the grace of God. . .
It wasn’t easy starting life over again, but by the grace of God. . .it happened!
One of God’s many promises that kept me going (and still does!)…
“No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.” 1 Corinthians 10:9,10, The Message
True, things are never the same again – the sense of hopelessness seems overwhelming. For many, it is like all the goodness of life is over and gone forever. Yet divorce never has to be “The End”. In fact, it can lead to a “New Beginning” – a new sense of direction of life in Christ Jesus where life can become better, more fulfilling, more joyous, and more successful than ever before.
From my heart to yours, Kay!
“He has sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant to be forever; holy is His name… The reverent fear and worship of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom and skill; a good understanding, wisdom, and meaning have all those who do the will of the Lord.” Psalm 111:9,10 AMP