He Restores my Soul
Iím so thankful to the Lord for all He has done in my life. As a young girl I was very unhappy. My family loved me dearly, yet I felt so unloved, lonely, and empty. I went to a Christian church meeting, and I said to myself, ďthere must be more than this.Ē Shortly thereafter, at age 19, I visited my sister in L.A. for a week. She brought me to a meeting of the local church in Los Angeles. While I was there, I saw something I had never seen before. I saw a group of people who were genuinely happy. They were so godly, they were singing, rejoicing, and Iíd say, even glowing, so heavenly, and yet so real. I was deeply impressed. I returned home with my sister and still couldnít believe that people could be so happy. We talked a while and she led me to pray and receive the Lord. At the end of the week I went back home to San Francisco and was married a few months later.
My husband didnít want to have anything to do with the Lord or the church. I didnít drive so I walked to whatever church that was nearest our home. After our fourth child was only eleven months old, my husband left me for another woman. I really loved my husband and never would have left him. We rarely fought so I didnít expect it.
One day he came home, told me to pack up, and dropped me and our four children off at my eldest sisterís doorstep. My sister knew nothing about it either. I was devastated. My whole life was wrapped up around him. After a short time, the Lord brought me back to Himself and the local church in Anaheim. But this time, my soul was really damaged. I was so hurt, yet I found love and care in the church. Little by little I received the inward healing through the rich ministry of Godís Word spoken in the church and through the care of the brothers and sisters in the church. I can say with full assurance that ďsurely God is among usĒ in the local churches (1 Cor 14:25). I have been meeting with the local churches in several cities and feel at home in every one. The church to me is not a religion but where I find God, and enjoy and experience Him with other believers. The church is my real home, where I find rest, satisfaction, and nourishment through Godís rich Word as well as the practical way to experience the Lord, grow in life, and be built up with others. Now I too can say that Iím really happy.
ďThe Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He restores my soul. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23:1-2,6).
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