Purpose in Hardships - Guest Post by Tessa

I am so thrilled to let my baby seester share her heart with you. What deep lessons she will share as she writes from years of pain. Watching her deal with this pain has been so hard- we all just want it to go away so bad! We have been praying for healing for years and will continue to pray. Can I ask you to pray for her as you read some of her story? Tessa is one of the least complaining people I know despite all the pain she endures on a daily basis. So strong and brave. I love her so much and know you will be blessed as she testifies how God is still working despite pain and hardships. - xo Maddie.

Hi there sweet people,

My name is Tessa Charnuski and I am Maddie’s youngest sister. I have never written a blog post before but thought I would just share with you what the Lord has been teaching me over the past couple months. I hope this post will encourage each one who reads and draw you closer to the Lord.

I am 20 years old and just recently had to come home from university due to health complications. I have been battling a neck concussion for 5 years now. I was attending Liberty University down in Virginia and studying Psychology with the hope and dream of one day becoming a Christian counselor. If you’ve never heard of Liberty University, it is the largest Christian university. It truly is a dream school and I was beyond blessed by having the privilege of attending. With all of this being said, the Lord has another plan for me. I came back to Canada the beginning of November and started back up waitressing. In between waitressing and doctors appointments I don’t have much on my schedule. This has been both a blessing and a curse. A blessing in the way of allowing my body to rest and heal and just allow myself to “be sick” without having a huge to-do list and feeling overwhelmed. It has also been a curse by the amount of boredom felt and loss of purpose.

The Lord has used this time to teach me numerous lessons. I like to describe the phase of life I’m currently in as the desert. A desert is dry, scorching and hard. This accurately describes how I’ve been feeling these past couple months. Having to leave your dream university and all of your amazing friends and come back home to a life of complete unknown has got to be one the of scariest things I’ve ever had to do. I prayed a specific prayer before leaving school telling God that my trust was completely in Him and I was just going to follow His leading for my life. I still pray that pray today. The verse I am holding onto is found in Proverbs 3:5 and it says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” I honestly have no idea what I am going to do with my life but I do know that my trust is completely and utterly placed in the Lord.

If I had to narrow down the past couple months into one main lesson that the Lord has taught me I would say patience. I have no idea what I am doing with my life at the moment but the Lord has shown me that it is so ok. In today’s generation, everyone wants to know everything about their lives and what’s next. I have a hard time believing that the Lord has everyone to know everything at each moment in his or her specific life. God does however call His disciples to trust in Him and He promises that He will never leave nor forsake us. What a beautiful and hopeful promise that is! The Lord has amazing plans for each and every one of His disciples and all we need to do is be open and ready to walk this crazy adventure with our Lord!

I am so excited to see the path that the Lord is preparing my heart for. It has not been an easy past couple of months. One thing however, no matter what may be going on in each of our lives, God is good and on the throne.

With love,

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