Daily Delight

Saturday, September 24, 2016

My faith journey has always seemed that the more I grew closer with God, the more I felt the devil creeping into my life. Thinking, “How could you do this to me Lord?” The book of Habakkuk is here to reminds us that it’s okay to have those moments where we want to shout, “God, you don’t make sense!” Growing up with loving parents and 3 older siblings was a blessing. Yet, there was something that challenged me for years and I honestly didn't understand God's purpose at the time. My oldest brother devoted his life to alcohol and drugs at just 12 years old. 10 years of battling heroin addiction & 15 times in & out of rehab, my parents were literally fighting for his life, as well as our family’s faith life. The thought of waking up to him dead on the streets was something that kept us up every night, especially my parents. 

There are thousands of ways that I see God in this (much shortened) story. Six year of sobriety later, God took a terrible situation and made it into a beautiful story. My brother is helping hundreds of addicts today and is the greatest follower of Christ I know. He came from a life of waking up after dozens of overdoses, to now truly living each day that he has been given to him. He and my family never gave up on God, even when we didn’t understand His purpose or know if we would even make it out alive. 

We are all sick in our own ways, and God can heal our sicknesses. Whatever your story may be, use it to impact a person’s life. 

Today, I couldn’t be more proud of my crazy awesome family. Our love for each other is the greatest love on this Earth I have ever experienced. I proudly share and thank God for our story and our imperfectness.

God works every detail in our lives into something good, specifically at the right time. What is He in the process of turning into good for you right now? What can you do to open your eyes to see his goodness more often? The vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. (Habakkuk 2:3) 

About the Author

Carli Stump≫ ≫ Originally from the great state of Ohio, Carli moved to Nashville, TN, five years ago to attend Lipscomb University and believes that staying in Nashville is God’s calling for her. // An avid foodie with a love for adventure and fellowshipping with good friends, Carli is always in the mood for a good meal and a deep convo. // Currently working for a behavioral healthcare company, she has found a strong passion for working with those struggling with mental health and addiction illness. This has allowed her to better understand that we all have our own, unique story and owe it all to Him. // Carli hopes that being a part of the Daughter of Delight family will help to give her and others the courage to take that leap of faith; in hopes to transform their faith into something bigger and better.


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