A Beautiful Mess

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#LampAndLight day 28: A Beautiful Mess.
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Hi.
I’m Bethany.
I am a beautiful mess.
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Now, please don’t take this the wrong way. I’m not talking about a natural beauty in a vain/conceited way, and I’m also not clarifying THAT to try and get compliments. Now, that aside….
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I grew up believing I had to follow a list of rules in order for God to love me. I believed there was a very Small limit of things I could do for God because I was a woman. I believed my life would only be complete with a man in it. Because of that, I allowed far too many guys to treat me like I was worthless.
My parents were killed in a head on collision with a drunk driver when I was 16 years old. I left the only home I had ever known. I lost almost everyone that I considered friends and family. I have been used, lied to, stolen from, taken advantage of, stabbed in the back, and taken for granted.
And yet…
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I am happy. I am Free. I am forgiven. I am whole. I am loved. I am protected. I have been rescued, comforted, and taken care of. I have been given a Spirit of Adoption that I may share the inheritance of Jesus Christ. I have been bought with a price that none can repay. I have been Healed and made whole. You see, through all of the bad, the pain, the unspeakable,  God has been my shelter and refuge. If you could see my heart and soul, you would see glue, bandaids, duct tape, and stitches. Because God has mended me in every possible way. But the point is I am mended. Through it all, God has never left my side. God has truly worked ALL things for good according to His Purpose.
From ashes to beauty, God is Faithful. ♡

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