Tuesday, November 03, 2009

You Can Say That Again

Have you ever heard a statement which rung so true that it has stayed with you for years? A statement which you find yourself repeating over and over again?

I mean besides statements like,
Because I'm the Mom.
Because I said so.
I said NO, and that's final!


A few years ago I heard someone say,

You go through what you go through, so you can help other people go through what you went through.

Do those words ring as true to you as they did to me?
I see its truth playing out through this blog, through my books, through my speaking engagements - as God gives me opportunity to share about the places He has taken me, to hold out hope for others who are "there" right now.
I know God is also using my hard times to refine me, that I may become more like Jesus. And that knowledge is delightful to me.
But it brings me just as much joy to be able to hold hands with other moms and encourage them through "these days." When a mom tells me she's so glad to know she isn't alone, when I am able to hug a tearful mom and pray with her, when I hear her say she has hope again - I really am thankful for what I've gone through, because I know God is using it for good.

How about you? What things have you gone through and subsequently been able to help other people go through, too?

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gianna said...

you mean there is a reason besides just torture? thanks for the encouragement!

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O Mom said...

I heard something similar to that years ago and it has stayed with me too. Keeping my eyes toward the future and always trying to see and wait for what God is going to do through my hard times, gives me the strength to endure. Thank you for that encouragement today and reminder that I'm not crazy and should just give up.

Anonymous said...

I hear this a lot & whenever I do, it always makes me stop & think...wonderful reminder!!

Not sure if what I'm going through/have gone through has helped others or not...I find that many people find it hard to admit they need help, a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on...living in a big city like NY can be tough in that area...too much pride!! ;) But, I plug along using His word as a light for my path! :)

And I am finally embracing the fact that He is using my struggles to make me stronger!! I LOVE that thought!! :)

Patricia nyc

On Purpose said...

You my friend are truly living out 2 Corinthians 1:3-7. You know who your comforter is and you do such a GREAT job at sharing Him and leading others to His heart. Keep it up my friend!

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

My mom saying to me...just wait till you have kids. SO TRUE!! Love your blog and a new follower!!

Angie Muresan said...

Karen, every time I read your posts I learn so much about growing in my faith. Thank you.

Jessica said...

I like that saying. Not sure I've gone through much, but I still hope to learn from others and share stuff I learned. (like stay away from pacifiers, lol)