But God …

March 31, 2009 | 15 comments

Let this sink in. This is from Ephesians 2.

“You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived,
following the course of this world,
following the ruler of the power of the air,
the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient.

All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else.”

“But God …”

“But God …”
(Oh, did you hear that?)

“But God!”

But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ. …

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God — not the result of works, so that no one may boast.

But God.

But God.

But God.

What is the “But God” story in your life? From what did he rescue you, dear one?

Here are a few of mine:

I (was in a pit), but God (extended His grace).

I (suffered from unbelief), but God (ignited a fire in my heart).

I (felt the burden of post-partum depression), but God (used that pain to draw me to Him).

Tell me, friend, what is your “but God” story?

I, (insert problem here), … but God, (insert answer here).

by | March 31, 2009 | 15 comments


  1. Red Letter Believers

    that expression “but God” is like a hinge on a door of despair that opens up to whole new world of eternity.


  2. Prairie Chick

    My cup was cracked and empty but God restored me and keeps filling me to overflowing.

    My life was dark and debilitated by depression but God shone His light and brought me peace.

    I said goodbye to five babies I never got to hold but God welcomed them into His arms and heavenly home.

  3. God's Not Finished With Us Yet...

    I came from a horrific childhoon BUT God restored the majority of my family to wholeness again.

    My Hannah was born weighing 1 lb. 9oz. 11 ” long, BUT God knew before I did that she would be perfect and a thriving 5 yr. old today.

    I used to be an athiest, BUT God already knew He had plans for me before I even knew it.

    I used to hate who I was, was filled with such deep, deep anger, BUT God, healed me from the inside out; a work always in process.

    I could go on with ‘BUT GOD’, there are so many. I am so thankful for the ‘But God’s’ that I’ve experienced. I praise and thank Him daily for not leaving me where and how I once lived.

  4. lynnrush

    I was once lost to anger, but God showed me grace.

    I once did not believe in love, but God gave me Charlie (my hubby).

  5. Jennifer

    Graced by your “But God” thoughts. He’s been good to us.

    David, can’t stop thinking about the way you put it … “like a hinge of the door of despair that opens up to a whole new world…”

    My heart breaks for you, Prairie Chick, but rejoices in your peace.

    Sarah, I celebrate with you, too, and enjoy seeing God use you as a blessing in the lives of others.

    Lynn, So glad you found love. You wear it well. You bless me.

    All — it feels good to testify to His goodness today, and to hear what He’s done in your lives.

  6. patty

    I,daily struggle, but God, in His patient mercy and infinite grace, “holds me by my right hand, guides me with His council and afterward will take me into glory.
    My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

  7. Talkin' Texan

    Love this post. How many times do we say “But God!” Ah yes… but God…
    I was selfish–so selfish–but God changed my heart and focus.

    Thanks for stopping by and saying hi.

  8. Jon P

    I was lost and scared not knowing if my child would see his fourth birthday, but you answered my prayers and made me a believer in all that is good.

  9. Billy Coffey

    I am always amazed at your posts, Jennifer, but this one is…special.

    Not saying how, as I won’t let my guard down here. I’ll let a simple “thank you” suffice.

  10. elaine @ peace for the journey

    My “but God’s” have been a multiplication of red-letter kind of interventions through my almost 43 years! My biggest one came in 1995 when He interrupted my prodigal living with the powerful tug to “come home.” I did so. Both literally and spiritually speaking. It’s been a long walk of recovery, but one that has been continually seasoned with the display of God’s magnificent “more than enough’s”, time and time again.

    Thanks for finding me…all the way from the prarie. Your home amidst the corn fields sounds like heaven to me.


  11. John Dennis

    I’m a believer who has found that: just because God is in my life, it doesn’t make life magically become a bowl of cherries. In fact, some of the most difficult things I’ve had to deal with have to do with Christianity.

    But God has prepared a place I’m going to, and its called Heaven…

  12. Alleluiabelle

    My life was filled with lonliness as I was so shy when growing up but God has filled me up and was preparing me for such a time as this. I am no longer shy and am quite the extreme opposite now.

    Several years of my life were filled with anxiety and depression due to operations but God with His divine healing hand, brought me out of the dark depth of despair and into His guiding light and everlasting arms.

    The last two years of my life have been filled with illnesses of my own and my husband's but God is covering us with His grace and tender mercies as we now live within the moments of today.

    I love this post Jennifer and I love you sweet woman.

    Hugs & Blessings,

  13. Cherie

    I didn’t know what it looked like to be held in the dark providences but God has shown me often and continues to show me even now that it’s in the darkness that His light shines brightest.

  14. L.L. Barkat

    Like that photo…

  15. Darlene

    His ways are not our ways……

    love this post.
    I love that thought:
    “but God….”


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