In the midst of whatever darkness and stillness there is in your life, be encouraged. In the times of nothingness, God shined His grace-light and created a world full of beautiful things, beautiful things like you and me.

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Nothingness

“God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.”1

All it took was His spoken word and everything was created, everything where there was nothing. And God called it good.

In the midst of our nothingness, God can just speak a word and everything will change. Everything, nothingness, despair, brokenness can all of a sudden bloom.

Hand It To God

God does His best work when we hand Him our nothingness and our brokenness. Many times we feel we are nothing and because of that, we are broken. Always there is someone more talented, smarter, prettier, more handsome, more charismatic than we are. Which makes us feel like a zero.

That’s OK. You are exactly where you need to be. Now, hand your nothingness to God and watch Him design the life you always imagined, but never dreamed could be yours. Humility is knowing exactly who you are in relation to an almighty God.

Remember God? He loves to work with clay. He is the potter. We are but putty in His hands. Don’t worry, though. He is the Master Craftsman.

Look Up

The posture of strength is facedown in His presence. It’s only in that place that He can lift us up. When we’ve hit rock bottom, the only way to go is up. The only place to look is up. The only place to cry out for mercy, forgiveness and grace is toward heaven.

We hand God our brokenness expecting Him to throw it away, cast it in the ocean. In essence, He takes our nasty experiences and they fall into the sea of forgetfulness.

Grace

From our lives, though, He takes the broken pieces and with His grace, refashions them into something beautiful. We have learned some lessons. We have been down some paths we never want to go down again. We have done some things we never want to do again.

He gently touches our wounded and weary souls, mends our tired and hurting hearts and soothes our battered and aching spirits. He grants us forgiveness for our failures based on His overflowing grace, which He pours over us with wisdom and understanding.2

Made New

In this process of being made new,3 we begin to look at the world with new vision. Everything has been made newby the Creator Himself. It’s as if we have been seeing through a foggy mirror and now we see clearly.

Eyes of grace

It’s His grace that brings everything into focus. For just a second, we are able to see through the eyes of grace. We see ourselves as He sees us and we understand, God looks at me through the lenses of destiny.

All that I’ve been through He can weave into my life message. The messes I once created, now cleaned up and made new, become the platform on which I stand—a victor, strong, delivered, an overcomer in Him.

Destiny

My imperfections, my brokenness become the beauty and uniqueness that is me. I have become His poetry, a recreated person who will fulfill the destiny He has given me, for I am joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before I was born, He planned in advance my destiny and the good works I would  do to fulfill it.5

He calls things that don’t exist into existence.6 He is Creator God. It’s what He does. It’s His job description. We have no idea who we are until we allow Him to remake us into His image. Until we put on our new nature, and be renewed as we learn to know our Creator and become like Him.7

If we allow Him to, He will take our broken lives and make them into beautiful things. He starts with our nothing and makes something astronomically glorious.

He makes beautiful things out of broken lives. It’s what He does.

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1 Genesis 1:1-2 MSG

2 Ephesians 1:7-8 CEB

3 2 Cor. 5:17 NIV

4 Revelation 21:5 NIV

5 Ephesians 2:10 TPT

6 Romans 4:17 CEB

7 Colossians 3:10 NLT

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Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 260 pounds. "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor" is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. She has two more books, "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help" and "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" in addition to "Sweet Grace" and "Sweet Freedom Study Guides". Her fourth book "Sweet Hunger: Developing An Appetite for God" will be available in summer 2017. All books are on Amazon. Coaching Programs can be found under the Weight Loss or writing tabs at TeresaShieldsParker.com. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking Tab.

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