Made new

A friend of mine had purchased quiet a bit of used honey bee equipment. The bee boxes were in great shape but had been sitting in bird and mouse poop not to mention all the years of dust and dirt stuck to it. As we started scraping and brushing off all the debri and took the pressure washer to it we could see some promise in the investment. We let the boxes dry then gave them a fresh coat of paint. Once the paint had dried we took a step back to admire what looked like brand new boxes. When I was lost and broken it felt like those dirty boxes. I was using drugs, Alcohol, and women trying desperately to fill a void in my heart. Covered in shame and filth, I struggled to make sense of my life and find purpose. One day I heard a faint knocking on my hearts door and when I answered, there stood Jesus. Every day since then He has been washing me clean. Slowly but miraculously He has been improving my life and the way I look at others. Tears of joy, happiness and victory stream down my face instead the tears from feelings of abandonment and heartache. Praise God that He finds treasure in used and broken people.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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