Throughout our lives, we can manage to make many mistakes. Some of them are minor such as wearing mix matched socks, which no one may notice, while some can be devastating and in plain view of everyone. The life changing ones may live in the forefront of our minds causing us to have regret and sorrow about our past. We then beat up on ourselves and wish we could go back and fix things.
In my own life as I am learning more about what it takes to have a strong marriage, the more I realize the mistakes I made in my first marriage. I did not keep my vow of 'for better or worse." When worse came, I wanted out.
Romans 8:28 (my favorite scripture) reminds us that "all things towk together for our good." God has taken my past mistakes and even the things I did right and weaved them into something beautiful and wonderful that is now a blessing to others. Step with Love Ministries was born out of pain and suffering as we attempted to manage our stepfamily on our own. Once we turned it over to God, He turned our sorrow into joy and triumph. My past failures are now a source of blessing to others who have made mistakes that ended in divorce and remarriage.
John 9:34 - "The leaders told the man, "You have been a sinner since the day you were born. Do you think you can teach us anything?" Then they said, "you can never come back into any of our synagogues.
Failure is an excellent teacher and can equip you to minister to others who may be going down the same road. I love the life God has given me and I am thankful, he turned my mess into a message!
Janice R Love, Author
First Lady, Mom, Stepmom and Divorce Ministry Coach