God has been so good to me through my journey into the painful and heart-rending experience of separation and divorce over the past 5 years. I see myself as a true miracle of God’s great grace and mercy as I look back over the many dark and lonely days of my journey.
When we heal, we are gradually able to look back and realize that God works steadily to bring us out of the pain and into a new day of joy and peace in Him. My gratefulness to Him can never be fully expressed for all that He has worked into my heart and life through this tremendous trial. He has worked deep in my soul, showing me those places that needed change.
Five months ago, our divorce was finalized in the court. I never met the judge, he simply signed the documents; it’s over. Simple, right? — in some ways, yes, but in other ways another journey has begun. I appreciate the loving and biblical care we received, primarily from our pastors (and their wives) along with a circle of deeply caring friends, that was used by God to encourage and strengthen this weary pilgrim.
I recently began attending a Christ-centered group called Divorce Care; a real delight for me as I continue going deeper into God’s Word and learning how to “count it all joy”. I am still growing and learning how I can glorify God in the midst of what appears to be a shipwreck. Sin always pays wages, and they are more than we could ever anticipate. Thankfully God can redeem us from the past and bring us into new life and hope in Him.
 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4 (ESV)
 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13 (ESV)
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