Before & After

I have a new favourite song…

Before and After

Elevation Worship ft Amanda Cook

It’s one of those songs where you feel the Holy Spirit guided the songwriter to pen about your life

I love that this weekend marks fifteen years since I gave my life to Christ. Fifteen years of loving Him. Fifteen years of taking faith steps when the world said otherwise

It always amazes me that we can think that our lives are over, and then God comes in. I can assure you that my life looks nothing like I thought it was going to back then, but I have been on the ride of my life since I said that prayer to accept Jesus into my life. It doesn’t mean that it is always easy, and there have been times over the last fifteen years where I have cried, alone, in my room, asking why?

Yet, I do not recognise the person that I am today, but that isn’t a bad thing when I believed that the world hated me and that I was worthless. I am so glad that I no longer believe those truths. But, it shows just how much God loves to work in the darkness of our hearts because He intricately weaved through the devastation of my life to bring beauty from ashes

God raised me from the brink of death, with purpose in my heart and a fire in my belly, to change the world with my “before and after”. This is what I love about the song because there is a line that says:

You always have the last word, and the last word is love

Friends, there are some things that we will go through that will never see the light of day, apart from the tears that fall on your pillow and the words that travel up to the very heart of the Father. But, that doesn’t mean that we give up. It means that God is about to move in our circumstances to show His love, His grace, and His mercy in our lives. Right now, you will look back and see that this moment is a picture of God’s faithfulness because every one of us is a miracle in process

“he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.”

Isaiah 61:3

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Rebecca Brand

My hearts desire is for everyone to have an intimate relationship with Christ. To hear the voice of God and to experience His presence. Also, to help disciple others to discover their purpose within the body of Christ - through the power of the Holy Spirit.

My God-given dream is to break down barriers within life and the Church as a whole to strengthen and develop relationships within every denomination and bring unity - so that we will collectively raise up together and fulfil the Great Commission, within this lifetime.

I am living proof that no matter what your past was or whatever your life has become - God will use you to fulfil what He created you to do, when you step out in obedience and faith.

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