Grace Fellowship's Reconciliation Ministries

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God takes the old and makes it new just like recycling PDF Print E-mail

I was brought up in a home of alcoholism, emotion and physical abuse. My mother and father both drank a lot, my father used beat all of us. My mom finally had enough when my father held a loaded shoot gun to her and my brother and told him to get out. My mother did eventually remarry. From the time I was 7 or 8 until around the age 12 I was molested by my stepbrother. I started to smoke pot when I was in the 5th grade. When I was 14yrs old I got pregnant with my oldest son. I was looking for love from men through sex. My drug use and sexual partners progresses, I even had female partners. I had my second son by 18 and my daughter at 20. I got married for the first time when I was 20 and it lasted for 9 mos. After my separation my drug use progressed to doing Meth and 2 8balls in one night and smoking crack. I met my husband Jeff Christmas Eve in '94 at my mother's house, we were playing darts and drinking games with dice. We were supposed to get together on News Year Eve but we didn't. We got together on Feb 22nd '95. By then my drug use was to the point where I couldn't get out of bed without getting high. In May of '95 I went to treatment and thought my only problem was drugs and that I could still drink, that lasted about 3 mos before I started to smoke pot again. Jeff and I were married in Oct of '95. I decided to get sober around then. Our marriage was of the world. My husband gave his heart to Christ in 2000, I thought great he is in a cult. Our friends that helped in bringing him to Christ invited us to church with them to see a skit they were putting on. I really didn't want to go but I did. We really liked it so we kept going, it was a few months later or so and I gave my life to Christ.


God brought us to Colorado almost 3 yrs ago. We were going to an Assembly of God church and one of the youth leaders was having a fund raiser so she could go to Uganda with a group, it was called Heart Spa and was held at Grace Fellowship. That is where I met Joanie. She was my partner, which I found out later that afternoon when she asked me to come in her office that God told her to be my partner. She started to ask me questions about myself and my family so I told her that I was on disability and was diagnosed about 4 yrs ago with depression and bipolar. She told me that God wanted to heal me. Joanie also told me that she did counseling and gave me her card. She then proceeded to tell me about a vision that she had about 2yrs before and I was in it, I thought this chic is whacked. God did heal me, I haven't been on meds for almost a year. PRAISE GOD!!!! My husband and I started to see her for marriage counseling and she told us about the Steps of Relationships. You wouldn't know by seeing us together, but when we started we would try to sit as far away from each other on her couch as possible. We couldn't even look at each other. Joanie tried to have us do an exercise where you massage each others hands and tell them what they mean to you, we couldn't do that. Also with the Steps of Relationship you had to pick a season to fast, we picked 3mos but God chose 7mos.


We were married Anew in July of '07. Our relationship is stronger now than ever before. I joined the Walk it out program to help me stay strong and to fight the enemy when he tries to throw my past diagnosis against me. And also the accountability is biblical based not wordily based. And because what the enemy uses for evil God uses for good, and maybe something that I have made it through with GOD could help the next person. It is also nice knowing that you are not alone and that there are more people out there struggling with similar things. To give back to the ministry my husband thought about recycling because that is what she does. God, through Joanie, takes the old and makes it new just like recycling. I have learned not to let past hurts that have happened to me or that I have caused to affect me today. I was washed clean of all wrong doing. A


Thank you and God Bless.

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