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Lysa TerKeurst is a New York Times bestselling author and speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith through following Jesus Christ. As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa has lead thousands over the past 15 years to help make their walk with God an invigorating journey. Not...

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  1. Dear Lysa, your post is so what I need. I am going through a season of brokeness in my life right now, and it has been really hard to hold on to my faith…but I have. And it is amazing how God uses women like yourself to reconfirm what he is putting in our hearts but we are too in pain to see: it is about perspective and in the worse circumstances, there is a best within the worse. As of last night God put into perspective that while there is so much “worse” in my life right now, even in that there are some good things. So thank you my friend for your encouraging words.

  2. I love everything you write – but this might be one of my all time favorites, right up there with the fruit flies that hatched in your kitchen. Seriously, thank you for making it OK to be human. Much love, Lisa-Jo {aka a groupie}

  3. Thank you for your words of encouragement. I am currently traveling through this season in my life, seeking God’s perfect path to use my talents. Its been a tough road, but I know he is faithful and will produce fruit from the seeds he is planting. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Thanks for these words of encouragement. They are so what I needed to hear this morning. I have been trying several work from home ideas to try and ease the burden of financially providing for our family off our husband now that the kids are older and don’t require as much of my time (although they still require a lot of it and I love that). I have had some big flops as of late. The square peg in a round hold type flops, this encourages me to keep trying.

  5. Lysa, you have given me hope! Living in one of those “worst job yet” moments can leave a girl wore out . Let me be honest, I’ve wanted to give up on Him in this season. I’ve lost sight of Him in the mess. Thanks for a good dose of perspective. I needed it.

  6. Love this. Thank you for the laughter and the encouragement. One of my favorite quotes is from Thomas Edison, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” It’s all a journey. I’m glad you found your way to something that was a good fit for who God made you to be.

  7. I’m glad you have found your niche. I was laughing about your job encounters. I’m sure they weren’t funny at the time…

  8. Thank you… oh, thank you. It’s been such an awful week at work, and I wonder so often why I don’t just find a new job that I enjoy. But this one gives me the flexibility I need as a mom, and so I trudge on… it seems like the worst thing right now, but I pray God will use this perseverence to turn it into the best worst thing…

  9. Lysa, I can so relate to this! I have been in a worst time for 2 years now, watching and waiting to see what God has in store. And I haven’t been very patient in the waiting! Thank you for this reminder that God uses EVERY situation to bring us to the place we need to be for Him to do his perfect work in us.
    Blessings to you!

  10. Thank you. Today feels like one of the worst days. We are awaiting word about cancer today, how bad and what options we have. It certainly feels like the worst, but I am praying for the “best worst” that can come from this. Please pray for my husband and myself, and our sweet children as we look for the heavenly blessings in the midst of what feels like a mighty rough storm.

  11. I am glad to know how you perceive the changes that come from the choices we make in life. I have made a mess of things and I am depending on God to restore and make me His masterpiece. Sometimes the storms are almost too rough. I tell you all from my experience that there is nothing that compares to the Holy Spirit during what seems to be the final hour. Just one way He has shown Himself to me. Thank you.

  12. Like Amanda and Bernice I have been in a “worst job choice” mode for almost 1 year now. I wonder why I God won’t show me another job that I’d be better at & enjoy more.

    This job has good benefits & the people are nice–but the type of work I do now is nothing I went to school for & most days I feel sort of useless in the clinic.

    I needed the reminder the God can use EVERY SINGLE SITUATION for HIS GOOD & to help us bloom where planted!

  13. Oh yes! I feel this in my bones! The twists and turns that have left me broken

    “He writes his best stories from the hardest beginnings.” – Steve Saint (his father was missionary, Nate Saint was marytrd alongside Jim Elliot). This is the man that I’ve looked up to as a spiritual mentor since i was 10. Always strong and able-bodied he has done wonders for the missions world….but that quote – He said this after being partially paralyzed a few weeks ago.
    If you want to be really challenged in your faith along these same lines watch this video about the thorn that pulls back the veil on God’s face:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfPZ_bIRfmM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  14. Hi Lysa! I’m 43 years old and have been following Christ for 22 years. This year, I have finally received revelation knowledge and understanding of what it truly means to “abide in the vine”. Our failings and “worst things” are the occasions where our faith in Him and His ability to sustain us is tested. It is also the time whereupon He will prune a part of our character or nature that needs disciplining in order for His character to be perfected within us. The Lord is so loving when He prunes our character; He actually lifts us up, cleans us up, supports us, and feeds us! How wonderful are the times of struggle and so-called chaos, for the Lord God is mighty to deliver us from them. Remembering to count it all joy comes easier for me today now that I know why I encounter the “cruddy stuff”. Thanks for the great post; I smiled and giggled as I read it! Blessings!

  15. I laughed out loud reading some of your best worsts 🙂 I have a laundry list of those myself! When you sit back and catalog them you do realize that had you not been at your “worst” God could have never saved you with his “best”.

    Your insight is inspiring and I love the part in your bio, “simply seeks to glorify God through her life and family.” So well put and something I think so many of us can relate to.

    Thanks for your words and the smiles!