Last week I had the privilege of being on the podcast “The Christian Perspective” with host Owen Hemsath. If you have never had a chance to check out the show or even if you have I want to encourage you to pop on over on Tuesdays at 4:30pm. Owen does a fantastic job of bringing different topics weekly so check it out and be sure to be an active participant in the show as well by calling or leaving your comments in the feed.
The title of last weeks show was “What do you do when you’ve lost everything?” What do you do when you find yourself paralyzed by a situation in your life that leaves you hopeless? Have you ever been there? I know I have. In 2003 I found myself in the midst of a divorce after 15 years of marriage. As we stood in front of the judge, his decision was that only one parent could have guardianship of our three children and that guardianship was given to my former husband.
Because I went for ten years without seeing my kids I had lost HOPE. I talk about this in Chapter 7 of my book, Big Girls DO Cry. I questioned if I was even a “Mom” to my three children until one day God spoke to my heart and reminded me that man can never take away something that God has given. My HOPE was renewed. I knew God had blessed us with these three gifts and I started praying for HIS redemption story that would take place. Because the truth is every single one of us has a redemption story as we look to the cross.
A few months ago, I got a call from my kids step mom saying that she would like to have open communication with me. I was elated. She went on to share with me that she was sorry for all the years that I had not seen the kids and she felt they had made the wrong decision. I in return could apologize to her for the things that were not honoring before the Lord years ago because I wanted to see my kids and acted in my flesh. This was God’s heart. Two women sharing with the kids best interest at heart. After I hung up the phone I realized that God had answered a 10 year prayer request that many people had been praying. I was humbled, thankful and in awe and overwhelmed by God’s love.
Since that phone call, my relationship with my children has been restored and it is wonderful being together again. I am so proud of my kids, how they have had an open heart and for their step mom placing a call to me a few months ago. In the midst of trusting God I received an unexpected burst of new HOPE!
May you too trust God with all of your unknowns and know HE is the original promise keeper!
“Oh, that I might have my request, that God would grant what I hope for!”~Job 6:8
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