Please join me in welcoming Megan McGuire as she shares her story of grace. I have walked with Megan through her journey to freedom and she is truly one of God’s great miracles. Her husband, Daniel McGuire, serves as the Student Pastor of Liberty Church in Foley, Alabama, where she also serves by pouring into the next generation.

My prayer is that her honest testimony of struggle and surrender touch your heart and show you the faithfulness of God’s love for you.

Guest Post by Megan McGuire

At 24 years old, I never would have thought I would be where I am at today. It’s ONLY by the grace of God that I am here today to share my journey to freedom in Christ.

My Story

As a young girl, I always believed in God. I knew he existed and I knew he loved me. I pursued a relationship with him on and off throughout the years but it was never permanent. Instead, I allowed doubt and fear to consume me and I continued to push Him to the back burner with each passing year.

It wasn’t until my high school years that I slowly drifted out of a relationship with the Lord completely. I got lost in self hate and was drawn away by the temptations the world had to offer.

Deeply wounded, rejection entirely became the face of who I was. I saw myself as worthless and believed that I had nothing to offer this world.

So, slowly I found myself using drugs whenever I could. At first it was for fun. Everyone else did it, so what was the harm right? Then, it became addictive.

I loved the feeling of not being able to feel anything. I became so dependent on the next high that it literally became an every day occurrence. As the drug use continued, so did the self harm. Nothing was ever enough.

I allowed myself to starve and would cut my self to numb the pain that was eating me away. By my senior year, I found myself thinking suicidal thoughts just about every day. It got so bad that I wanted to be gone and I wanted to disappear so badly that I was willing to do whatever it took.

Obviously nothing went through because here I am today sharing my story with you. I eventually found help – but I looked in all the wrong places. I still chose to run from God. I never really understood his love for me and I continued to reject him.

The Divine Appointment

It wasn’t until my late teens when I truly decided to seek God. I was left broken from a relationship that I thought would fill me up and I was at my end.

That’s when I decided to start listening.

In that season of my life, I started babysitting for an amazing family. The mother saw beyond my hurt and started speaking words of life into me. Words that I heard in the past but chose to deny. This time it was different though. I realized that I needed to listen rather than reject what God was trying to tell me all along.

As I kept working for this family, the mother continued to pursue me. She looked past what she saw in the physical and she made it her mission to teach me what God say’s about me.

To make a long story short, God was in the business of setting up divine appointments in that season of my life. If it weren’t for God’s hand in orchestrating that babysitting job, I would have never started going to Liberty Church (where I attend now ); I would have never made some incredible life-changing friendships that showed me that loving Jesus and having a relationship with him was actually fun; I would have never went to summer camp and met my husband; and lastly, I would have never had the encounters I had with Jesus. GOD set that up for me.

God Knows Our Needs

You see, God knows what we need. He knows when we need it, and He is faithful to provide it. The Bible says that the Lord will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). We are the one’s who leave and forsake him. We allow the lies of the enemy to consume us and we forget that God was there even before we were born.

At 19 years old, I grabbed hold of the truth that Jesus wants an on-going relationship with me.

I finally decided to let go of the world and run to my Heavenly Father. I started attending church and getting plugged into every small group they had to offer. I started serving at the church and learned to let go of selfishness. I let go of the relationships that the world had to offer and God was faithful to give me the most incredible friends that I still have today.

Today, I am a wife to the most amazing man in the entire world and a mommy to my 1 year old son Ezra. I am expecting a baby girl at the end of August as well! God has richly blessed me. He relentlessly chased after me from the day I was born and showed me how much He loved me time and time again. He never gave up up me and He never will.

Our Choice

We are the ones that decide whether we want Jesus or not. We can chose to follow the world but I can tell you that it will ALWAYS leave you empty. Today, I want to share my testimony with you to show you that God is faithful and that he never stops pursing us. He will put people in our life, He will put situations in our life and He will constantly speak to us in different ways – just to get our attention. He wants His children to know how deeply He loves us. My story is an example of someone who ran from that truth. Someone who chose to reject Him and follow the lies of the enemy.

Thankfully, my story still continues and it continues only by the grace of God. For the rest of my life, I want to live my life for Him and show people what He has done for me.

I want to be the best wife I could possibly be. I want to live in freedom and not walk in bondage. I want to parent my children without living in brokenness. The way I will be able to do all that is ONLY by an on-going, constant relationship with Jesus.

My Prayer

My prayer for you today is that you would begin to listen to what the Lord says about you. He says you are a child of God. You are his Friend. You are a whole new person with a whole new life. You are a place where God’s spirit lives. You are an incredible work of art. You are totally and completely forgiven. You are created in God’s Likeness. You are spiritually alive. You are a citizen of heaven. You are God’s messenger to the world. You are the light of the world. You are GREATLY loved.

I am praying today that these words would sink into your heart and not be forgotten. I am praying that you would accept this and allow God’s truth to become who you are.

Scriptures for Meditation

Psalm 139 (NIV)

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
    Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
    your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
    and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
    I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

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