27 Sep Second chances (and a giveaway)
Have any of you ever made a poor decision? Have you made a mistake? Well, of course. We all have. God forgives. We know that. But have you ever known you were forgiven but still dealt with the pain, the fruit, the outcomes of your choices?
Brenda Johnson is a woman who has experienced much guilt and shame but has learned that God can make all things new.
Brenda’s blog is filled with personal stories from people who overcame obstacles of many kinds to become a witness to God’s power of restoration. Her ministry is for those who cannot change the regretful choices of their past yet long to find release. It is not based on theory or textbooks, but on her own personal experiences of surviving the guilt of abortion, the shame of divorce, and the embarrassment of financial despair. Brenda discovered she did not have to settle for God’s “second best” but could enjoy “promised land” living at its fullest by reconciling who she used to be with who she is today. She has helped thousands of others do the same through conferences, speaking events, her blogs, website, and everyday living.
My post for today is something different for me, an interview. Brenda will be sharing with us a bit about her story and ministry.
What I love about Brenda’s story and blog posts from others is the theme of “second chances.”
(Makes me heart mushy that she thought of me with those words.)
Here is a conversation with Brenda:
Your ministry has stemmed from an event in our past that included a dark secret. Is that correct?
Why do you think millions have abortions but we never hear from them?
Your ministry reaches farther than just abortion. What other issues do you talk about?
Brenda: After 25 years of marriage to a pastor, I went through a divorce. A divorce in itself can lead to so much shame but add the fact you are a pastor’s wife and it is even more so. We were at one of the biggest churches in Alabama at the time so the shame that came from telling that big church was insurmountable. There was nowhere in town I could go without seeing someone from my past. I finally moved to another town to get away. I also went from being financially stable to almost losing everything I had. Divorce is absolutely the fastest way to poverty. I felt only despair and failure. I felt as though I had failed my church, my children, my life, but most of my God.
Why is this ministry important for others?
Why do you find this topic of letting go of your past so important?
Psalm 34:18 says: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” He doesn’t want you to stay down but wants to pick you up. Many times others have crushed our spirits and sometimes we keep crushing our own. I am trying to give people the tools they need to pick up their own beds and walk into freedom.
SO, how do you reconcile the past with the present?
How did you get yourself out of those feelings of shame, despair, and regret and begin to change?
What did that process of Forgiveness, Restoration, and Redemption look like for you?
What does your website www.brendajohnsonauthor.com have to offer?
What final piece of encouragement do you have for us?
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