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God Is Always At Work
Greetings from The Sanctuary Mission. We are very excited to share with you
our first digital newsletter. With gratitude in our hearts, we say thank you for
the prayers and support. As we share our newsletter with you, we hope you
will feel connected and part of the ministry. We pray you will be encouraged
in your heart, mind, and spirit. God is at work in our world today, God is at
work at The Sanctuary today, and we are so honored to play our part in the
lives of the ones God brings us.
When our new residents arrive at The Sanctuary, they are hurting, confused,
hopeless, and lost. More often than not, during the first few weeks, as the fog
begins to lift, they can be very uncomfortable. The highs and lows are extreme.
The idea that they have fought a long battle with life and lost can seem like too
much. Our men and women show up looking for answers, real answers,
something to relieve the pain. God is at work drawing people to Himself. (John
6:44) The process of God changing our hearts has begun.
Changing our lives is not an easy thing to do. When we come out of addiction
or any life-controlling problem, this process takes time, maybe even a lifetime.
God is at work during the process. Recently I heard a quote that said, "our lives
don't change in one day, but daily our lives change". (1 Cor 15:31) I like that
quote because it calls attention to the bigger picture. God wants more for our
residents than a brief event; He is seeking a whole new life—this is the
transformation process. (Rom 12:1-2)
Transformation can often be one of the most confusing times in our lives. We
know we are going through something, and it will usually be painful, but we
don't know how to get out of it; it can be challenging to realize that we are
passing through an extraordinary time of growth. Our friends, family, and
co-workers may not know how to interact with us as we pass through our
seasons of transformation. People we know and love may question our
behavior. Others will think we have missed it or messed up and are not going
to make it. Little do they know we are exactly where God wants us. Little do
we know we are closer than ever to the answers we have been seeking for so
long. God is at work during these times.
Transformation is precisely what happens at The Sanctuary Mission. Lives go
through a metamorphosis, birthing a new creation. (2 Cor 5:17) We see our
residents struggle with fear, doubt, shame, and pain. We watch them slowly
come out of their shell and begin to grow. We see the smiles return as their
confidence in God grows. We see them at their best and worst moments, and
we love and support them through it all. We know the struggle of doubt, fear,
and guilt. We also understand what lies ahead. The abundant life In Christ is
waiting. (John 10:10) A life of purpose, joy, and confidence is waiting for us.
Although we come from a background of addiction, our struggle is no
different from anyone else. We all face fear and doubt. We all face difficulty in
relationships. We all know the deep feeling of emptiness. We all go through
our dark times as we walk through life. So, today I wish to encourage you. God
is at work during these times. God is allowing these times, so we turn to Him.
God is using these times to answer the prayers we have prayed. God is at
work, and God is after our hearts. One of the scriptures that I have found
encouraging during these times is 1 Peter 4:12-13 "Dear friends, do not be
surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though
something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you
participate in the sufferings of Christ so that you may be overjoyed when his
glory is revealed."
God is always at work!