Several weeks ago I was invited to share part of my story in a chapel setting at Focus on the Family. Each month our staff is encouraged by outstanding music and an inspiring guest speaker. From the inception of Focus, Dr. Dobson believed these regular gatherings were an important component of equipping the team as they strive to serve others with excellence and staying healthy spiritually. I invite you to eavesdrop on that message delivered September 7th (see audio player below).
By the way, as the story unfolds you might be tempted to think that I should be either insane or in jail. At least that’s what folks often tell me when they hear the details of my childhood. It’s also possible that your story will dovetail with part of my journey at times.
If so, you understand what it feels like to be crushed in spirit. Looking back, I can say God desires to use our brokenness – whether it’s the difficult trials in a strained marriage, the challenges inherent in raising kids, perhaps a sudden illness, or an unexpected unemployment – for His glory. How? That’s up to Him. What I do know for certain is that no matter what things may look like today, God makes sure none of the pain we experience in this lifetime is wasted. No wonder one of my favorite promises of the Bible is found in the book of Psalms. King David, no stranger to distress, wrote, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (34:18). Now that’s incredible news!
For an audio download, go to: http://fotf.cdnetworks.net/blogmedia/mp3/daly.mp3