The year 2004 was a nightmare for me. The love of my life and I had just survived the devastation of three hurricanes that hit Florida. We had lost nearly everything. Needless to say we had been under a tremendous amount of stress. Shortly after returning to Florida the love of my life had a fatal heart attack and I found myself basically on my own. It was the one time in my life that I felt my life was over.
My family was in Arkansas and I decided to move there so I could be near them and they could be near me. It was a time where everything in my life seemed to be falling apart. My children were both having their own issues that needed resolved.
My son had been addicted to Meth and many other things for several years. His life was completely falling apart and he found himself on my doorstep needing help. He was in the process of a divorce, he was losing his home of many years, and his wife had ran off with his two children. He had no idea where they were. To make matters worse, his business was collapsing. He was literally at the end of his rope. There had to be a change in his life.
Brother Donald Farris came by one afternoon and asked him to go to a revival where his friend, Brother Ron, was preaching. He had no idea what God had in store for him that night.
God turned my son’s life completely around. He came home a different person. He had turned his life over to Jesus. Brother Ron had been anointed in such a way that the Holy Spirit freed my son from all of his addictions. There was no denying he had had an encounter with God.
We prayed God would show him where his children were and allow him to get them back. To make a long story short, he has both children and full custody of them. Not only did God change his life but He changed mine too. For the first time in a long time I saw hope.
It wasn’t many days after that that Brother Don and Brother Ron came to visit me at my house. Immediately I saw the love of God in Brother Ron; something I hadn’t seen for many years. I had been hurt by God’s people. I had told God I wasn’t going back to church unless He told me to because I could do more not being in a place where people hurt people. Joyce Meyer points out “hurting people hurts people.”
That day I felt God’s love and knew He had spoken clearly to me that I was to start back to church, which I did promptly. I continued to see Brother Ron love people through the love of God. I saw my whole family start to change. The desire was birthed in my heart to want everyone to know there is hope in Christ; that there are “real” people in Christ that live their life as God has instructed us to do. Of course, we keep our eyes on Christ and not on people or we will get our focus wrong. Everyone makes mistakes. The difference between being a Christian and not being one is that we are forgiven, not better, just forgiven. Jesus makes it all possible.
I long for anyone that’s been hurt to understand that they just need to pray and get their eyes on Jesus; He will never let them down. Jesus died on the Cross for our freedom from every addiction. We fall short according to the Word of God. I knew Brother Ron had a heart for God’s people and he loves them through Him. It’s my sincere prayer God blesses him and his lovely wife in the love of Jesus and my church family. In Christ, we are winners; we have victory in Him.