Monday, May 21, 2012

You Will Be An Oak



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Isaiah 61:1-4

"The Spirit of the Lord is on {you} because the Lord has anointed {you} to preach good news to
the poor. He has sent {you}to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim for the captives and

 release from darkness for the prisoners. To proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of

vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve..to bestow on

them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment

of praise instead of a spirit of despair. {You} will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of

the Lord for the display of his splendor. You will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long

devastated You will renew the ruined cites that have been devastated..."

parenthesis are mine to personalize this verse.

I'm the girl that's fought the battle of not good enough, and low self esteem and depression. It's gotten me involved with an abusive boyfriend, friends that weren't friends, yo yo dieting-going back and forth between, need to lose a few and needing to gain a few, and pregnant at the ripe ol age of 21 and married before I finished college.

I caused myself a lot of pain, along with those around me that truly cared about me

I haven't licked my old demons completely...yet. But the difference between me now and me then, is that I have put my life completely in God's hands. I live to please Him in all I say and do. I'm not perfect, and so I'm thankful there's an ever abundant source of grace when I mess up royally. But I bring it to Him now instead of trying to figure things out on my own. I don't live by what "feels" right anymore.

 I often wondered if I really messed things up so much that God couldn't use me.

Over the past year, God had been showing me that He can use my story, He can use me. If I let Him. Just like it says in these verses He will use it to free me from captivity, and bring me out of darkness.

Vengeance is the Lords, not mine, even though I wish it were sometimes :) 

I can comfort those that mourn and tell them of God's promises to turn beauty from our ashes. He will turn my morning into gladness. And my despair into praise.

We can be so planted in His word, an oak of righteousness, that we will display the splendor of the Lord to all that see us. Strong like an oak? That sounds pretty good to me. No longer defeated by my circumstances, yes please!

These verses speak to me because of their promise to restore the places where my heart has been broken.  God promises to use everything, good and bad, to heal me and maybe use it to bless others. 



32 comments :

  1. Love how open you are about yourself in this post!!! Beautifully said!! I wrote one similar back in March. ( Beauty within life's shambles) I, too, could not understand why God would use me, but he told it WAS because I had a story to tell! :)

    xoxox
    Stacey

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    1. Yes you do!! It's not for us to understand but to be obedient, this I'm slowly learning :) I like to know "why" and He's showing me that it's not for me to always understand the why's of things, but to follow and trust Him.

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  2. How wonderful that you are willing to be open and honest,that is my favorite quality! I look forward to seeing how God will use your testimony!

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    1. Thanks Tesha! It's one of my favorite qualities of yours too:)

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  3. Ah, perhaps we can all relate to this.

    It is so important that we be willing to hold our story in open hands, that God may use it as He sees fit . . . for His glory.

    Not easy sometimes to pry those fingers off, I know. (And I'm with you on that) But it's so worth it and He's so worthy.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for a challenging post!

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    1. Not easy at all, and quite uncomfortable. But somehow He makes it worth it :)

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  4. Oaks of righteousness planted in His Word. What a beautiful image! Grounded in Him is the only place I am free from the haunting of my mess. Thanks for this beautiful post.

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  5. There's a story of someone I love - and a nickname he has is "Faithful". I questioned God because this someone I love wasn't paraticularly faithful. I asked, "Why God?" And God whispered to me, "Because He will witness to others about how I never abandoned nor forsook Him, how I remained faithful in my love for" this someone I love.

    Your story witnesses to others this way:)

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    1. Thank you so much for this, it blessed me!

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  6. What a fantastic set of verses! I have fought those same battles...it amazes me still how God has and will use my messes for His glory! Thanks for sharing so openly! I love your heart!

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    1. Thanks Kerri, I love yours too! It amazes me as well.

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  7. I was praying this morning about God pouring His love and healing over the broken places in me. I will pray that same prayer for you, Alecia. Thanks for your tender heart being open and vulnerable to all of us.

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    1. Thank you Beth. And I will do the same for you.

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  8. What a powerful post--beginning with that photo. Oh my just look at those trees.

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    1. I know, they look so strong and sturdy. I loved that too!

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  9. smiles....yes he will use you...we are each given a story and as unique as we all are....many of our stories are similar...we are not alone and in sharing our stories that is often what i realize the most...

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    1. You know I'm starting to realize that too, about stories being similar. Isn't that the great plan of the devil to make us feel isolated and alone, like no one else knows or understands what we have gone through and fear being judged. But when we open up that hold is broken and God can do great things.

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  10. Love this -- the Word of the Lord infusing you so that you may infuse others. Beautiful.

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  11. we never know how our past will be used or redeemed, but we can trust that it will. Thanks for sharing. <3

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  12. This is very cool. God can use our broken past for his glory. Thank you for being so honest in this post. Being truthful, even to yourself, is so healing and honoring.

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  13. Thank you, Alecia, for sharing your journey...so full of hope and His love...blessings :)

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  14. What a beautiful and encouraging post, Alecia! One, I'm sure, that many of us needed to read. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your kind comments. Many blessings, Lisa :-)

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  15. Thanking God He is a God of redemption and that you have given testimony of that right here.

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  16. amen! those are some of my favorite verses. praise God who rebuilds the ruins and the places long devastated. rejoicing with you and your redemption story.

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  17. This is beautiful, especially because it's full of you and your story, and I am thankful for the highlight of how we are all oaks of righteousness. I know I need to remember that because I often feel like I am just a small weed.

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  18. alecia, i felt as though God was speaking directly to me through your post tonight. what powerful words. what an amazing testimony you have. would you mind if i shared this with my readers at http://www.chasingsilhouettes.com, my eating disorders blog? if not, could you email it to me at wierenga.emily@gmail.com? thank you so much. bless you. e.

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  19. Yep. Pretty cool indeed... We can do this thing, girl. We're in process. But He who began a good work in us will carry it onto completion. That's a promise from Jesus!

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    1. Love that verse Jennifer, thanks for sharing it. And YES we can!!

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  20. It's very cool! In many situations, it has helped me to remember that God can and will use anything to bring about good for His glory.
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful post!
    In Christ,
    Laura

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