Stories of Hope

Stories of Hope

This Meme is inspired by Jonathan Brink’s post Afraid to Hope.

What’s Your Personal Story of Hope?

Four years ago, my marriage was dead. My wife and I had separated for the second and what looked to be the final time. By all human standards our marriage was dead, our family forever fractured.

One of my favorite phrases in the Bible is “But God” Our marriage was dead “but God” brought it back to life. When I came to the realization that Jenny was moving on and that she wasn’t going to take me back this time, I swallowed a bottle of pills and chased it down with some 100 proof Hot Damn. I remember waking up in the hospital bed, and seeing the cross on the wall. After a week I put a smile on my face and they let me out. For the next couple weeks everywhere I looked I either saw God or Death- There was no in between.

Then one night I decided to go to a party with some friends. I was drinking beer, vodka and whiskey, and smoking a little bit of pot. I remember that my Head Started spinning and my whole life started passing before my eyes. God revealed to me where I was at spiritually . I became aware of the urgent times we live in. I ended up running out side in the rain and falling to the ground and in an almost audible voice I heard God say “Aaron, turn your life over to Me now. Or you never will. THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE”. I remember being so confused and not understanding what was going on. The next morning I woke up and walked home as fast as I could. I hit my knees and turned my life over to God. It’s been a bumpy road at times but I couldn’t imagine going back.

Over the next few months God slowly restored my relationship with my wife and my children. He provided a job so I could provide for my family. All through this Jenny watched me, and when she finally figured out that it wasn’t just some ploy to get her back and she started seeing the hand of God in my transformation, she saw the peace that I had and she wanted it to. She quietly gave her life to Christ as well.

This is my story of hope. Most people had given up on me years before this. I had been in open rebellion against God since I was a teenager. I do know of two people who never lost hope. My Grandparents who prayed for me every day, and I’m sure that even though they didn’t live to see their prayers answered, they knew well before I did that God would answer their prayers.

So what’s your story of hope?

I tag Jonathan, Glenn, Barb, John and any one else who feels moved to participate. Just link back to this post, so we can all be encouraged by your Stories of Hope.

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3 responses to “Stories of Hope

  1. Aaron, it has been nice seeing you slowly emerge out of your shell (picture and all). Awesome story.

  2. Hope for the Hopeles; Iam praying for you . God is our only Hope. When we are at our worst He is still faithful to us . I would read below to help me keep going . I hope it will Help You to…. When you are the neediest, He is the most Help. When you feel tottaly dependent He is Absolutely dependable. When you are the weakest He is the most Able. When you are the most alone , He is intimately present. When you feel the most useless, He is preparing you. When it is the darkest He is the Only Light you Need,When you feel the least secure,He is yourRockand Fortress. When you are the mostHumble He is Most Gracious…

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