by Beverly Adkins
December 8, 2021
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV)
Let me start by saying, God has intervened in so many areas of my life. It would be impossible to write them all! There are many that I will possibly never know about until I see him face to face.
I will share without all the details how God intervened in an area that affected our whole family. It was 21 years ago that I felt my world had fallen apart. Our family was being torn apart by all of Satan’s schemes! We went to church every Sunday, raised our children in church, yet Satan had slipped into our home and was destroying our family unit! Our marriage was over…the days were dark, and the nights were darker…But God! The LORD moved in and began to soften our hearts. God gave us a wonderful church family that loved us! God gave us a wonderful pastor and wife that loved and prayed for us diligently! We cried out to God like never before. Every day, we looked for the positive things that God was revealing to us through this storm. I truly learned to praise God in the storm. God is the Healer! He healed our marriage, strengthened our love for one another, and for Him! We have two wonderful children with two wonderful spouses and 5 grandchildren. Every time we are all together, we rejoice that our family was healed and are all together! Thank you, God, for healing and restoring our family!
Sometimes, we don’t realize we are just going through motions. Going to church, check; quick prayer, check; quick Bible read, check. God wants our hearts not a check list. Satan can slip right in an attempt to steal, kill, and destroy. It is his mission (John 10:10) In the dark days healing did not come instantly. Jeremiah 29:11 is the verse I clung to. God always has a better plan.
I enCOURAGE you to allow God to slip in and overcome the plans of the enemy. Don’t run from Him and His people. Lean into Him! Invite Him in to shine His light in your darkest place’s. Let Him heal your brokenness. He will. He did it for me and my family. He will do it for you!
Carefully, invite Christian brothers and sisters in. We do not need to do life alone. When you can’t pray for yourself have your Christian friends pray for you. I remember so well talking to my pastor and telling him, “I don’t even know how to pray right now.” He said let us do that for you!
“God [is] my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH [is] my strength and [my] song; he also is become my salvation.” (Isaiah 12:2 KJV)
(Beverly and David Adkins opened their home and were our small group leaders. for the “Doing Life Together” group. She is one of the funniest people you will ever meet. She exudes joy and the love of the Lord.)