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Sarah’s Sunday Huddle with Lisa Bull

Esther 4:14b AMP And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion?

Not one person reading this was a mistake. Everyone has value. There is a purpose for your life.

For many years I wondered if that was true. I remember hearing messages at church about “giftings” and talents…about finding your purpose. They would say, “We all have God-given talents that we should be using for the Kingdom.” I would sit there, staring blankly at the pulpit, searching myself for clues that might lead me to my gifts. I figured they must be really well hidden because I had no idea what they were. When I was younger, I had been an excellent student. I would say that I was a cute girl. But, that was about it. I had contributed in making two wonderful boys. Maybe being a good wife and mom were what God wanted me to focus on. I was skillful at my job. But, I could never put my finger on a gift or talent that God had really given to me.

Then came the day that my world changed. Everything turned upside down. I became sick. I literally had a break-down. Mentally and emotionally I was shot. Everything shut down. For one month my life came to a complete halt. It took everything I had to pack my boys’ lunches and make my family supper. During the day I would pray and read my Bible, begging God to heal me and asking Him why He was allowing me to go through this. I asked Him to show me what He wanted me to learn from what was happening.

After about six weeks, I started to heal. As time went on, God started opening doors for me and bringing new people into my life. I learned that I was not alone. I learned that there are lots of hurting people in this world, people who are suffering alone because they think no one can understand what goes on in their mind.

God began to show me that I had been born for this…for this time. He showed me that had I not been put in the place of total dependence on Him, on hitting rock bottom, there is no way I would ever be able to understand and minister to others that are hurting.

Like Esther, things happen to us that we can’t understand at the time. We hesitate. We question. But, God says to trust Him. He can see the whole picture. We only see a very tiny little bit. It’s like looking through the peep hole in the door. You only see what is right in front of you. But, God sees the entirety of the situation.

Trust Him as you walk the path you are on. Perhaps He is preparing you for your time to make a difference.

Lisa Bull sees her life as a journey along God’s divine plan. While considering herself an expert on nothing, she enjoys laughing and has made “choosing joy” her motto. Lisa has experienced God’s unfailing love and grace in her life and wants nothing more than for others to enjoy that same gift in their lives.

Lisa is the daughter and granddaughter of ministers. She has multiple relatives in ministry on both sides of her father’s family including several pastors, pastor’s wives, and missionaries. In fact, ministry in her maternal grandmother’s family can be traced back several generations. She loves being a wife and mother of two terrific young men.

11 thoughts on “Sarah’s Sunday Huddle with Lisa Bull

    1. I believe you are in that place right now, Marilyn…as Sarah would say, “Hang on for the ride”…God is getting ready to take you places. <3

  1. I have always felt that God gives us wake-up calls by extreme “down”. While I was in the hospital, what could I do but evaluate my thoughts. I didn’t make time for it when I That happened to me 3 straight Christmases…hospital time with pneumonia. I am glad you used your down time for a re-awakening in your life.

    1. I think you are right, Pat. Sometimes I think we are so busy or so self-absorbed that we can’t see what God has placed before us until everything comes to a halt. I did not appreciate what I went through at the time, but now I can see His hand and how He carried me through and brought me out better than I was before. <3

  2. We were created for a purpose! I agree…..there is a reason God brought us here. We have to trust that He sees the big picture because our sight is too narrow and limited. A great post Lisa. A lot to think about indeed!


  3. When I went through a severe depression in 1988, I honestly could not praise God for it. I sure questioned him though. It took several years for me to appreciate that year plus of a personal hell. It was torment in my mind, my emotions and my heart. While I would never desire to go through it again, I can say that I am thankful for the experience because it drove me in to the arms of Christ as I sought for answers and deliverance. God allowed that darkness in my life to teach me reliance on him instead of other people. He will work through others to meet my needs but ultimately, He is my Source, my Rock and my Shield.

    1. I understand the depth of what you are talking about, Margo. I am so thankful that my worst time was not as long as yours. Although, my journey was actually over 20 years long, the breakdown lasted only a couple of months. I wasn’t able to praise Him during that time, but I was able to thank Him for His healing because I trusted that it WAS coming. Love you, Girl!

  4. Mary,

    I can’t imagine all that you are going through today and the last few months. My prayers are with you. I know we can trust Him to see us through each and every situation. Hugs. <3

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