1. Carmen, thanks for sharing your story — I’m reminded that everything that happens in our lives is raw material for God to use in the transformation process. May He give us eyes to see and willing hearts to cooperate in the process!

    1. Yes, Amen! It truly is for a transformation. It’s funny how we don’t even see it while it is happening but thankfully if we allow the process we get to the reap the goodness of it all.

  2. This sounds like such a tremendous experience. How beautiful that God orchestrated such beautiful redemption one year to the day of that fateful day. Happy you had such an amazing God experience my friend?

    1. I am blessed beyond words for that experience. I never imagined traveling. It was something that was never a thought to me but to think that God planned it the way He did made me appreciate everything that happened on that trip even more. I realized it all happened because of Him and only Him.

  3. Such a beautiful message! And, when we were stationed in Germany, Florence was one of my favorite places to visit!! I loved it all…except for the climb down from the top of Il Duomo! Love how God took you out of your comfort zone to show you how to be comforted by Him. I have a feeling that’s what this next move is about for me! Blessings!

    1. Wow, Germany! I bet that was beautiful! I hope to travel again when I know its Gods will and hopefully see more of Europe. Now that I knw getting out of my comfort zone wasn’t so bad lol. I hope you enjoy what God has in store for you!

  4. Wow, thank you for taking me via Europe. I felt each of your emotions getting transformed because the Lord promised to do a new and good thing for you and yes ,He indeed did it for u,Carmen.

    I have been to Paris as well and it is beautiful but nothing can be more beautiful than our Lord who brings peace and restoration in our lives.

    Thank you Rachel for hosting !!!
    God bless you both:)


    1. Diana, You are so right about nothing being more beautiful than what God does in our lives. I love thinking about those amazing sights in Europe but none of those memories are without feeling Gods presence because I know that’s what made my trip even better!

  5. Thank you for sharing your strength and hope. Our church has been in crisis for a few years now. Recently where the truth has hurt the majority of families. My struggle is to work through the emotional roller coaster. I like the last sentence you wrote, “Our words and actions need to point to God instead of showcasing our humanness.” It brought to mind my al-anon days and the three encouraging words I heard on christian radio… showcase hope, compassion and discernment putting God’s principles before personalities.
    Exodus 14:14 will be my new mantra. I have been using 2 Thessalonians 3:5, May the Lord direct your heart into God’s love and Jesus Christ’s perseverance. Keep up the salt and light. Miriam

  6. Thank you Mariam for your encouragement and for your reminder of Gods word. My prayer is that Gods word and truth will encourage your church and will strengthen you as you endure with your church. A hurt within our church is one of the hardest things to bear but prayerfully the transformation you all are processing through right now will be well received and appreciated once the growing pains of it all is over.

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