Quite some time ago, I was in an abusive marriage. I was called names that my parents didn't give me, hollered and cursed at on a regular basis. I've been pushed up against walls, carried upside down, down a flight of stairs, had my hair pulled so hard I thought it would fall out, just to name a few. My marriage was a living hell!
I wanted out but was afraid of being alone, wasn't sure if my one income would take care of everything. After years of calling the cops, filing protection orders and changing locks, I was at my breaking point.
I went to church every Sunday, cried at the altar and prayed for my marriage but I hadn't really turned it over to God. Once I gave the problem to The Lord and began to rebuke the devil, God showed up and showed out!
God gave me the strength to put my spouse out, get a divorce, pay my bills, and have peace of mind. My message to all is to: Trust God!
To God be the Glory!
I came to know my Lord and Savior approximately twenty year ago, I didn’t know the Lord growing up nor did I go to church. A very dear friend invited me to church as I was going through a difficult time in my life. Even though I didn't grow up in the church, I did know that there was a God, but I didn’t know anything about Him. I didn’t know what He had already done for me, but when I went to Church and heard that He died on the cross for me taking on the sins of all humanity I wanted to know more. I continued to go and learn and yes I did backslide. Even though I was a backslider I belonged to God, He was waiting for me I just needed to find my way back home to Him. During this backsliding time I had come to learn that all of my help comes from the God.
Thank God I found my way back into God’s saving grace as I was told fifteen years ago that my son might not make it but through faith and prayer he was born. Again, one and half years after that I was told that I had a life threaten disease and I knew then to get on my knees and start praying as well as call on those who knew the power of prayer to pray for me also. When I went back to the doctor’s they said we don’t understand there’s nothing there, so of course they had to test me again to make sure for there sake not mine because I knew I was healed by the power of God. Nothing! No disease.
Currently I live my life praising God for He has been mighty gracious, merciful, and forgiving towards me. I don’t deserve all of His blessings but I have come to learn that is the kind of God I serve – Gracious and Mercifully, and through Christ Jesus all things are possible.
My dear friend has gone home to be with the Lord but now I know he pass by my life for a reason which was to introduce me to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ whom I have come to love and put my trust in. No matter what comes my way with my Lord I can handle it as I look to the Lord from whence comes my help.
Sister Dawn Harris
Words of Wisdom from “Mom Reid” ( 93yr old) servant of the Lord
"In order to be a strong woman of faith you have to be a Christian and not just a Christian on Sundays, while you are in church. You have to live your faith daily. You can not do it unless you are in contact with God at all times. You have to be a praying woman and you have to know what you believe and in whom you believe. Dedicated and sold out to the Lord. You can’t have one foot in the world and one foot in the church. When you are sold out to the Lord, you can ask for anything lined up with his word and he will give it to you. But you must believe what you ask Him for. Don’t ask Him if you don ‘t believe Him.
I was in the hospital a few months ago, for almost two week and I wanted to go home so badly. It seemed like I would never get to go home. I asked the nurses when I would be able to go home, and all they would say, is I don’t know it’ up to the Doctor he’s the boss. I decided that I would talk to my doctor- my boss and when I talked to him I designated a certain day and time that I wanted to go home. I said Lord I want to go home on Thursday. . No sooner that I put in a request to go home, The Doctor walked into the room and said, Ms. Reid you will be discharged on Thursday. Boy, does God move fast. It reminded me of the time when they were praying for Peter to get out of jail. A little girl went to the door and saw Peter. Boy does God move fast."
What a joy it is to know!
I kind of knew there was a God as I couldn’t image that all of this just happen by itself, the sky, the stars, the oceans, people, etc. At age seventeen I needed to talk to God it was the first time I had ever given it a thought. Sitting on a Septa bus my mind felt very overwhelmed so I just started silently talking to God I believe He heard me, and He was there for me. Seven years went by before I felt there was any reason to talk to God again. At age twenty-four there was this urgency inside of me to go to church, I didn’t know why, I didn’t know anything about the Holy Spirit, and it wasn’t like I had a church that I could attend so that meant I had to find one. This feeling was so real I started searching for a church me and my twelve year-old younger sister. It didn’t take long for us to join a Church, we accepted Jesus Christ, and was baptized, we stayed for a year and left.
Again it was the not knowing, I didn’t know how to fit in, I didn’t know that it wasn’t about not feeling anything (me expecting some immediate transformation), and I didn’t know what to expect. Along with not being brought up in the church, I could count on one hand the number of times I had attended church, no one invited me to church, I had never been offered a track, no one that I am aware of prayed for me and no one every took my hand and prayed with me. Even though baptized and have only stayed in the Church for a year I didn’t know anything about being sealed, and once saved always saved so now nine years later when this urgency came again unbeknown to me this time it was personal as I was a Christian, a backslider, a lost child who had gone astray.
The Holy Spirit was urging me to get back to a Church, and I did with another sister and her spiritual friend. Low and behold this time I meant Jesus guess He was waiting for me because He knows everything He knew I would be back.
Who I am is a Christian that knows Jesus is alive, He is real, and He lives inside of me, He saved my soul, He gives me hope, and He gives me peace. I have been saved for thirty years and serving and knowing Jesus for 19 years. Knowing is a wonderful thing! My life’s verse is Matthew 5:16 (NKJV) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.