I thought the devil would really come at me after telling my story because it would expose what all I had done in my past and the shame, guilt and embarrassment would come flooding at me. But surprisingly enough, it was the complete opposite!!! Praise God! After we were finished telling our story, people in the room were rushing to talk to us. We had a couple's name given to us who are currently going through the same type of trouble now. I have had women come to me telling me about the abuse they have encountered and how freeing it feels to know that they are not the only one in the world who has hurt like I have. Because when you live that type of life, you think you are the only one who is going through that. It is refreshing to know that you are not alone.
When we go through these traumatic times in our lives, we don't realize that it is all for God's glory in the end. You can't see the end of the storm because you are barely holding on in the middle of it. But once the storm has passed, The Lord has rescued you and stood your feet on solid ground, you see why you went through what you went through. Though it has been the hardest time of my life, I would not trade my salvation & my relationship with The Lord for anything! I have a new passion in life, is use to be fitness and now it is ministry. I have devoted my life to helping women who are struggling with living in bondage as well as couples who need their marriage restored. Our awesome God is a God of second chances and we don't want to miss that opportunity.
Not only do I feel freed of our "secret" we were hiding, but my prayer that I have been praying for since my day of salvation over a year ago has come true! I told The Lord that I will dedicate my life to helping women who have lived a shameful past who see no hope for a future until they find the love of our Lord and Savior. I have a deep desire to speak to women in church, conferences, one on one counseling, women's retreats, couples retreats, and anywhere else The Lord leads me to go and do. I am half way done with my book, "My Story, God's Glory" and will be getting that published very soon. The pastor and teacher of my Sunday School class called two days after telling our testimony, that our church wants to be my home church and they want to sponsor all of my speaking engagements fully & financially! PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!! I am beyond excited to start my journey!
If you are hesitant to tell your story, please don't be hesitant!! Your story could unlock the chains of bondage for someone else who is or was struggling as you were. YOUR STORY, GOD'S GLORY!!!