My name is Gabrielle Wescoe. Most people call me Gab! I am married to my best friend and have two beautiful boys that are 2 and 5 months old. I am a cancer survivor, and am a Holistic nutritionist. I live in a small town in PA. My favorite things are laughing, the color yellow, and anything that has cute bees or sunflowers! I am known on instagram as Inspiring Honey. Ever since I was a little girl people have turned to me for inspiration and said I have so much joy. I laugh 90% of the time and can be pretty loud when I talk.
Without a doubt my life is filled with abundance of love, grace, and blessing. But I have also experienced a lot of pain and trials.
I do not know what you are going through or what you have gone through but I want to tell you this, God is working in your life. He is taking the pain and hurt you have had and will use it for his glory. He is a God of restoration and he is in the business of renewal.
I want to share how God has restored in me so that you can be challenged to look at what he has restored and is restoring in your life.
My story really began after I was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 10. I remember the day I was diagnosed so vividly. They didn’t know if I was going to live or have children. But God gave the verse Luke 8:50 to my family and we clung to it. Here I am today, 23 with two beautiful children and extremely healthy. Cancer put me through extreme physical pain for over two and a half years, but I have also walked through deep emotional pain. From losing friends and family to being bullied and getting in car accidents, family problems and getting pregnant before I was married, I have walked through situations that seemed hopeless. I have never doubted God’s plan but I have questioned my own ability to endure more.
On the outside I have always been able to come across happy and joyful, that’s just part of my bubbly personality. I always smile and laugh and enjoy life but I have scars not only physical but ones that are hidden on my heart. My husband and I joke that I am like an onion with a million layers and can easily be caused to cry!
Throughout everything I have seen and endured God has just been so loving to show me grace, redemption and forgiveness. God has used so many people to point me back to him and show me what it looks like to live fully for Christ. In my 23 years of life many have said that I am wise beyond my years and that is a combination of the trials I faced and what God has done in my heart but I know that wisdom does not come for me but true wisdom only comes from the Lord (Proverbs 2:6-8)
Throughout the bible we see so much redeemed by God and ultimately through Jesus on the cross. In our own life it can be challenging to see God working, but when we step back we realize how much he does everyday for us and how involved he is. Everything he does that moves us closer to him simply points us back to the cross. I have seen God restore the most broken and painful things. I have seen how God takes my pain and uses it for his purpose, he turns ashes into beauty.
I want to take time to tell you the lesson I learned and inspire to know:
No matter how painful of a situation or how hopeless you think it is, God has a plan and he will use it.
One of my favorite books in the bible is Esther. If you aren’t familiar with the story of Esther, it is a story of how God uses a Jewish woman and her uncle to protect the jewish people from an evil man who wanted to murder them. The main theme teaches us that God is always working even when we don’t see it or understand his plan. Throughout the story we are shown that God uses people for his purpose and even when we see no solution, he has a plan. Esther felt fear and did not know what God was going to do but she faced the situation, with bold faith and trusted he was working. She was obedient and bold in her faith. Instead of wallowing and moping in fear she boldly went in prayer and then action. Instead of letting her mountains stop her, she let God move her mountains.
I pray to become more like Esther when I face fear, to be obedient and bold and trusting of God’s plans. In this life we are promised there will be sadness and pain, but what a blessing it is to know we do not face it alone. It is not by our strength we are able to overcome, but by His alone. Whatever you are walking through, I challenge you to step out in faith, lay it at his feet, and trust his plans.
I don’t know what you have walked through or what you are going through, but I know there is purpose in it. I know that the pain you feel can be used for the glory of God. I know that no matter what you are going through you can give it to Jesus and trust him to restore. How have you seen God bring redemption and restoration in your life?
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