If you listen to Pastor Craig Groeschel’s messages, you’ve probably heard him mention his daughter Mandy’s health journey. The video above is from Mandy’s vlog about the surprising way she first heard the new Life.Church Worship song: You Are. Here’s a note from Mandy:
In the first six months of my health crisis, I didn’t want anyone to know what I was going through. I was just trying to quickly recover, and get back to my “normal” life. I was depressed, anxious, confused, and my hope was starting to waver. I was just trying to endure.
Eventually I had to leave my job at my church. It’s hard to explain how devastating this was for me. It felt like I was losing my purpose. When this happened, I knew things in my life had to change.
I started to make the daily choice to embrace. I wasn’t where I wanted to be, and I definitely didn’t want to stay there, but I know that God works all things together for good. ALL things. That means including my messy, painful, situation. When I started to embrace the season that I was in, that changed everything.
Before long, I started sharing my story on YouTube. It was terrifying. I almost didn’t publish my first video, and once I did, a lot of people didn’t understand what I was trying to do. But I knew I had to stop hiding, and letting my situation hold me back from doing ministry. Little did I know that my story would able to bring hope to people in dark places all around the world.
My journey is far from over. It is still messy and painful. But it is also beautiful. Pain can open doors to new purpose, new ministry, and new intimacy with Jesus. It’s been so rewarding to share my story and let God use it. I just had to make the choice to embrace.
Love the song? Here’s another live performance.