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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Guard Your Heart (06/08/12)

TITLE: Hope For Your Journey
By Lisa Johnson


Hope For Your Journey

Before you were born, I carried you beneath my heart. When you were small, I held you in my arms. As you grew, I covered you with prayer. My prayer was for you to grow into a young lady who would love God with all your heart. I wanted you to have a life that glorified the Lord.

When you were seventeen, you decided that you were angry with God. For some reason... a reason that can only make sense to a seventeen year old girl... you decided to date “the worst boy you could find.” It broke my heart to see you choose a path so far removed from the one I knew God had for you.

I know that you tried to make something good out of your life, despite your bad choices. You tried so hard, but every choice has its consequences. The sad truth of your situation was this... the worst boy you could find refused to even try to become a good man... a godly man.

For six years, you, and then your children, suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hands of a sociopath. For six years, I cried as I prayed a hedge of protection around the four of you... praying for God to deliver you and your precious children from the hell you were living in. It was heart-wrenching to watch you going through such horrible things, but you had to see, for yourself, the realities of your situation.

God answers prayers in one of three ways... yes... no... or wait. Waiting is never easy, but God's timing is perfect. Your heart softened to God's direction, and He graciously provided the means for you and the children to escape, without any outside interference. My heart jumped for joy when you and the children stood on my doorstep, and I knew God had answered my prayers.

Escaping was just the first step of a long journey back into God's plan for your life. Unfortunately, you are very vulnerable at this time, my precious daughter. Knowing this, I want to encourage you to seek God's will... and guard your heart.

Guard your heart against fear, because “God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Guard your heart against uncertainty, for this is what the Bible says... “for I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Guard your heart against feeling overwhelmed. “Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the Godly to slip and fall.”

Guard your heart against believing that you cannot be a good mother for your children. God promises if you will “train up your children in the way they should go, when they are old, they will not depart from it.”

Guard your heart against loneliness. Jesus promised, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Guard your heart against judgmental people. “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.”

Guard your heart from the attacks of the devil. “He prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

Just remember that “greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

You can have the life that God always planned for you. You and your children can rest securely in the arms of God. It is a long journey that you have embarked upon... a journey to be taken one step... one day at a time. Just remember to trust God... and guard your heart along the way.


Scripture references:

II Timothy 1:7
Jeremiah 29:11
Psalm 55:22
Proverbs 22:6
Hebrews 13:5b
Romans 8:1
I Peter 5:8
I John 4:4

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Deborah Engle 06/16/12
Such a sad story, but how many have actually experienced a similar one. I especially appreciated this line:

Just remember that “greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
Beth LaBuff 06/19/12
Your story ministered to me today. May it speak peace to others too. "Hope" -- that's what it's all about! Thank you!
Lori Othouse 06/19/12
Beautiful story of hope. Thank you so much for the scripture reminders, a great encouragement to me right now. God bless.
C D Swanson 06/20/12
A great reminder and a touching entry. This will touch many hearts, it did mine. Thank you.

God bless~
Charla Diehl 06/20/12
Perfect title for this hope-filled story and the message it speaks so clearly to its readers. With God, there is nothing we can't do. So glad that the daughter came to Jesus during this stormy time in her life. If this is a true story, praise the Lord!
Lisa Johnson06/21/12
yes, it is a true story... PTL!!!
Francy Judge 06/21/12
Congratulations! Your story was encouraging--to see her come free from what seemed like a hopeless downfall. God heard your prayers. You told it well.
Laura Manley06/22/12
What an excellent entry. I pray for my own children as this MC did for her daughter. Until they can see to guard their hearts, we need to seek the Lord out on their behalf so they ultimately will come to the conclusion that guarding one's heart is crucial. Your scripture was right on target, as was the body of your commentary. Nicely done. I see why you were a winner!
Greta Rich07/08/12
I can guarantee the honesty of the story because I got the call that her daughter and grandkids had a small window of escape the evening my husband and I got back from St Louis. Call came at 5:00PM, our Dad and I were in the car racing to the town my niece lived in. After driving six+ hours that day, I was again in the driver's seat heading to get the kids and my niece. We arrived by 10PM, had everything we could get in a van and a car out in 20 minutes, and with my nephews help loading and leading us our of town, got back on the road before the ungodly husband showed up. We left there at 10:20 and had them safely in Tulsa by 4:30AM the next morning. That's what families do: they help in any way they can to rescue their family from harm. We didn't have to think twice and never regreted doing it.