[This post was originally posted by Christine Mwenya at mutamwenya.com] There are two words that have stood out in my life as of late. I have heard them used while someone was sharing their testimony and I know I've heard them in a sermon or two.

But recently I read those two words in the Bible and they had an impact on me—more powerful than ever before. You see, reading those two words for myself changed my life.

For my devotion I was reading Ephesians 2:1-10. The first section of the text (vs. 1-3) is very dark. There's mention of death, sin, disobedience, lust and wrath.

But, the second half (vs. 4-10) flips-the-script.

There's talk of mercy, love, grace, heavenly places, kindness and riches.

And here, smack-dab in the middle of the two sections are those two words that make all the difference..."BUT GOD".

These two words make darkness and hopelessness disappear and leads to light and life.

See, in my life, "but" was usually followed by excuses that covered up my disappointments and failures. But as you see in the text, when God steps in darkness changes to light.

They said my marriage wouldn't last...BUT GOD

There was no money to pay the bills...BUT GOD

The trial was too hard to overcome...BUT GOD

I didn't know what my next move would be....BUT GOD

My friends had turned their backs on me...BUT GOD

I wanted to give up....BUT GOD

Today, I am thanking God for inserting Himself into my story for His glory. I am tired of the excuses of my past. The only "BUT" I want to hear, is that of God.

Oh yeah, I didn't want to write this post...BUT GOD!