I love this word!
I love the word “nevertheless.”
It’s a surprising word, because it goes against all expectations, like this:
She was in jail, addicted, but nevertheless she stumbled into God’s love. Today she is a chaplain in the jail she was once imprisoned. She recaptured the love of her grown children. She’s the woman you see at the front of the church dancing in joy.
She was religious. Bored. Wondering why a God so big didn’t take up much room in her life. Nevertheless, she discovered new depths in her relationship with her Heavenly Father. She’s studied the Bible for years, but now it feels like a love letter.
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She was the one they all looked up to, but she was secretly having an affair. Nevertheless, she tired of her secret sin, and confessed to her husband and to her God. Today she shares her story freely. Her greatest hope is to reach for women scarred by sin and show them what real love looks like.
She was once high, destitute, and pregnant. Nevertheless, today she worships in the front row, her hands lifted high, her beautiful little girl living a different life than the one momma once had. She doesn’t have a lot, but she says she is richer than she’s ever been.
Perhaps this is the word that most resembles salvation to me.
It’s not rules or religion, but God.
It’s transformation that happens supernaturally as a direct result of faith in and relationship with him.
The women I described are real, and these are only a few of the stories that I hold in my heart after twenty years in ministry. These stories bring me to my knees, reminding me that faith in God is powerful.
And even though you were dead in your transgressions and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, he nevertheless made you alive with him, having forgiven all your transgressions. Colossians 2:13
What is your nevertheless story?
It may have happened decades ago or it’s as fresh as rain. It can be your overarching story, but it may also define how you lived out your faith today:
I was angry; nevertheless he soothed my heart and helped me to respond wisely.
I was hurt; nevertheless he stepped into the source of my pain.
I felt lost; nevertheless when I sought guidance, he was there.
Today, on the 18th day of 21 Days to Believing Big When We Feel Small, we are pausing to share our nevertheless stories.
If you are in need of a nevertheless miracle, we’ll pray for that together.
Tell one person your nevertheless story today.