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February 13, 2012 / joelmalm

How I Know It’s Gonna Be Alright

On Valentine’s Day five years ago I boarded a plane to Oaxaca, Mexico on a mission.  I was going  to surprise Emily and propose to her.  As I thought about that today I couldn’t help but remember the turmoil that led up to that moment.

The year before that God had decided it was time to till the dry, hard field that was Joel Richard Malm’s heart.  He showed no mercy, or maybe it was the full extent of mercy.  I’m still not sure.  What I do know is he used that year to root out a lot of anger, unforgiveness, hatred and arrogance that was deep inside of me.

It was the hardest year of my life, filled with tumult and chaos.  I wouldn’t wish that year on anyone, but I needed it.  Before God could take me to the next level he had to level me.  It hurt.  Bad.

Five years have passed.  I have an amazing wife and God is doing exceedingly, abundantly more than I could ever ask or think.  If you would have told me what was ahead back in those dark days I would have laughed (or maybe yelled) at you.  But here I am on the other side and I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that God makes all things good.

Trust me on this: God is in control of your life.  He is in total control.  If you submit to him he will take anything and everything and turn it around for his glory and your joy.

The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.  Proverbs 4:18

P.S. I still have a long way to go and I know God is going to put me through more seasons of uprooting.  I don’t look forward to it, but I know that the final product is going to be incredible because “Whom God would use greatly, He will hurt deeply.” (A.W. Tozer)

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  1. tERRI MCCOMB / Feb 13 2012 9:44 am

    I’m glad you survived. The world is a better place! 🙂

  2. kassc / Feb 13 2012 10:59 am

    Was reading James 1:1-12 today and was thinking the very same thing. Thanks Lord for the trials..I know you are completing your work in me..

    Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

  3. worship2012 / Feb 13 2012 10:24 pm

    Amazing! U Inspire me Bro! God Bless You…

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