Christmas “BEYOND”

This is a post from the Valley View blog archives. It was originally posted in December, 2016. 

Author: Ruthann Weece, BEYOND team

Christmas blessings

come to us in

many

different packages.

Some

beautifully and

perfectly assembled.

Others,

come

on

roads less traveled,

crashing into

our lives,

unexpectedly....

The auditorium was packed full of rambunctious teenagers

unaware of the voice that was preparing to quiet and pierce their hearts.

A young energetic teenage girl bounced toward the microphone dragging her leg, as if she didn't know there was any other way to walk.

She greeted the crowd with her bubbly spirit and dug straight into her unimaginable start.

The stillness of the crowd bent in closer to her stark beginning- once thrown out & unwanted she outlived what was meant to kill her...a miracle for sure!

Lying in the midst of trash,

she was

rescued by One who saw her as a precious gift sent from Heaven

above...

What was meant to end Gianna's life began her journey to save lives.

A precious gift, imperfectly wrapped,

began with

the

struggle to live,

to breathe

& to walk....

She says her greatest challenges

were given

as a gift to

to see Jesus.

God's gift-

Our lives given

to press us into

Him.

When life

is seen

as damaged,

wounded &

broken BEYOND....

God sees

a miracle!

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:20-21‬

Beyond-

over & beyond...

God brings life out of brokenness,

far exceeding our understanding,

surpassing the limits of life itself.

Reaching into our past,

beyond our endurance,

beyond our dire need for help

-He

brings what no ONE else can!

It's out in

the 'beyond'

God wraps our brokenness in His miracles...

What was once meant for evil

He redeems!

His generous love

compels us to

somehow match His blessings.

We

discover

redemption

inside

brokenness...

The One,

true

Messiah

comes

into our brokenness

and gives beyond

our

expectations.

Sometimes the

Gift we

really need is

the

One-

we'd never pick!

God

WITH us-

Our

Immanuel!

Guest Author: Ruthann Weece. Ruthann and her husband Joe have a band of brothers and a sweet daughter-in-law who has joined their tribe. She loves to write from the deep places of her soul where God is doing His best work!

We will be regularly featuring guest blogs by different authors around Valley View throughout the BEYOND Campaign. If you would like to contribute, send your finished blog post to beyond@vvcc.org for consideration.

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