We are spending these few weeks leading up to our Advent Study (which begins November 30) sharing testimonies from our members. It is important to remember that no matter what hurt we may encountered here on earth.... OUR GOD CAN HEAL!
If you are interested in learning more about God's LOVE and healing power, we would LOVE to study His Word with you :)
Feel free to join our online Bible Study here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1447039392265675/
I was sexually abused at a young age by my uncle and terrorized for telling. My home life wasnt musnt much better. My parents constanly fought and argued. I was surrounded by so much anger. The cycle of abuse had began generations before me and I was determined that when we I got married it was going to end with me. At 24 I met my husband and I'll admit we got married quick. 4 months of refusing to date him, 2 months of dating, 6 months of engagment and we said I do. A few months into our marriage and he lost his job and we constantly argued. I would scream at him out of anger and frustration until one day he told me he didnt love me anymore. My whole world fell apart at that moment. For 2 months we didnt speak to each other. I felt so isolated and depressed. I had no one to talk to. I couldn't talk to my friends because none of them were married and I didn't want them passing judgment if we worked things out. I couldn't talk to my parents because they had no idea what a healthy marriage looked like. I remember sobbing in the car in the driveway after work and finally breaking down and called his mom as a last resort. She recommended a pastor for us to speak to. The thought left a bitter taste but I knew it was the right thing to do. When I told my husband what I had done and what his mom had said he decided he wanted to go by himself first. I let him and when he came home he told me what the pastor had said. The part that has stayed with me was "If your wife is willing to fight for your marriage you need to be standing right alongside her." That Sunday we were both at church. I sobbed the entire service. For the first time in my life I felt this huge weight lifted off me and finally knew what peace and love was. God spoke to me in a huge way that day. Every song and the sermon were all directed at me. The biggest thing about all of this is that when my husband and I first started dating he asked a few times if I wanted to go to church with him and his family. I adimantly refused. I had grown up as a Jehovah Witness and wanted nothing to do with any kind of church. So the more time he spent with me the less he spent with God. So I personally know now that God doesn't let us go through the bad times in life to break us but rather to sculpt us and draw us closer to him. We both got baptized together when I was 3 months pregnant with our son Caleb. 8 years we've been married and I have no doubt in my mind that we will be together for many more.