Today a miracle happened. I faced one of my biggest fears and God completely delivered me from it. You see, 14 years ago, I came off the mission field after spending two years in England and parts of the United States, involved in a prophetic underground movement, that turned out to be a cult. I came home bruised, beaten by the devil, and very ill with depression and post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). My family, not wanting to be burdened with me, dumped me on the County mental health system, and I found myself homeless in a shelter. Yes, a shelter. I write about this in my prepublished book of my journey of faith entitled,”Becoming Miriam: A Life Transformed by God.”
I share this with you today to encourage you how the redemptive love and healing power of Jesus Christ can heal even the most wounded soul and damaged life. I was told I would never recover from these illnesses and the fear that gripped me. I felt like God had abandoned me and the devil had put me out to pasture, never to be in ministry again. But there is hope in my story, as God did bring healing and restoration to my life, and can for yours too. It starts with a seed of faith, to believe in Him as your Lord and Savior, and ask Him to forgive your sins and come dwell in your heart. Jesus was all about healing during His time on this earth, and He still heals today through the power of His Holy Spirit, that resides in believers. You are sealed with the Holy Spirit and redeemed for all eternity when you are born again (John 3:7)
So what was the miracle Miriam? Today I went to do a LOVE WORKS project with my new church at a homeless shelter for people with psychiatric illnesses. I was a bit afraid that it would trigger bad memories of that time in my life, the great pain and depression I was in, and the spiritual torment I was under. Deep down I feared that somehow I would end up homeless again.
Well, you know what? God’s love worked, as I showed up to paint the shelter rooms. I looked around the place in amazement, how clean and well kept it looked, how sunny and bright. I fellow-shipped with two women residents at lunch, then asked them if I could peek in the women’s dorm. When I pushed open the door, I was met with the sight of new wooden wardrobes at the foot of each bed, unlike the old metal lockers that had been there before. I shared my testimony how I had been in this very same shelter 14 years ago. God had met me there, when one summer day a black pastor from the church down the street stopped by and invited me to his church. I went and found my way back to Him and church, and the rode to recovery began.
As I stood in the dorm, Shivon* and Cathy* asked me to pray for them, so we formed a circle and held hands, I prayed for God to protect them, to open doors for housing and jobs, and to heal their mental illnesses. I saw God’s love work in their hearts, and mine.
I had come full circle. I stood there strong in His love, sharing it with others who needed it that day. My fear of being homeless again just dissipated, as the Lord healed my heart.
*not their real names.
The residents saw God’s love through our serving them. I hope one day, one of them will say, “You know, it was when that church group came and painted our shelter, and shared their testimonies of hope in Jesus, that the turning point came for me.” Just as it had for me that summer day years ago.
May LOVE WORK in your life and through your life to others today…
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