God's Grace, Miscellaneous

Before and After

Our lives are full of transformations, the BEFORE and AFTER.  I’m currently working on losing weight and I’m ecstatically waiting for my AFTER.  Thoughts of awaiting physical transformation makes me think of spiritual transformation.  So for a moment I want to put myself in the shoes of the old me, the BEFORE-I-met-Christ Lisa and became a real follower Lisa.  Undoubtedly, I did the best I could with what I had or what I knew at the time.  I admit I made mistakes, not realizing the impact of those actions.  For instance, I was raised by parents who were battling personal addictions and problems so they didn’t care about what I did, nor did they set rules or boundaries for me to live by.

Basically, I could do whatever and not get in any trouble.  This type of upbringing led me into drug use, drug dealing, depression, anger, bitterness, feelings of betrayal, the lost of my virginity at the age of 15 and becoming pregnant with my first child eight months after doing so.  I was so angry about my life and I thought it was okay to cuss, smoke, and relieve my loneliness by having the wrong relationships with the opposite sex amongst many other things.  I also went through a period where I thought I could fight everybody; you did something or said something, and I was ready to go. 

We all do things that in hindsight we wish we had done differently.  It is part of being human without knowing Jesus by the Holy Spirit.  Today I read this scripture: And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.  And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly, abundant with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. (1Tim.1:12-14 NKJV)

This was me!  Before I believed in Jesus, I too was like Paul; I was unaware of the abundance of grace available to me for transformation, but today I have an AFTER in Christ.  I somewhat like Paul had been one of cruel hatred towards others, anger, lustfulness, and bitterness.  God turned me into a woman after His very own heart, more loving, more giving, and much kinder. 

Probably one of the most surprising things is He connected me with EmpowerMoments.  I never imagined having the honor of sharing Him with you all.  My BEFORE and AFTER wouldn’t have been without His grace and mercy. 

Dear Daddy,

I thank You for Your abundance of grace and that it’s rich and You give it in abundance.  I ask that by faith in Your grace and mercy that You would purge and purify our hearts.  Father we can’t do anything without You and we are aware of that.  Heal us emotionally, spiritually and by Your grace open up doors and give opportunities for us to grow and prosper.  Father, by Your grace, make us into people after Your heart.  Transform us wherever we may be and we thank You in advance.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

I EMPOWER you on today to get into the word of God and witness for yourself the transformation of grace. Read about how grace made normal people into supernatural ministers of the Gospel and remember the same grace that changed them is waiting on you in abundance today!

What has the grace of God done for you?

Read a related EM: More than a Car: It’s a Transformation


Mrs. Lisa M. Purnell-Marshall is happily married to the wonderful and inspiring Antoine L. Marshall. She is the proud mother of two gorgeous girls. Her voice is one of the leading and authentic voices for breast-feeding, especially for the African-American community and Generation Y. She currently works inside of her home and plans to become a professional licensed lactation consultant in 2014. She and her family are members at Spirit of Liberty Church located in Markham, IL. Embracing the love that God has for her, Lisa labors to live an acceptable and pure life through the leading and keeping of the Holy Spirit so that her attitude, words, and actions attract the glory of God. In her free time she loves receiving manis and pedis. Her favorite promises that she find comfort and reassurance in are: Psalm 34:19: “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all” and Luke 6:38: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

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