Make It Happen

What is hindering you from success?  Most people want to be successful but what exactly is success?  Is it being a millionaire or billionaire?  Is it being a famous actor or singer? Is it being the CEO of a billion dollar business?  Is it being a world leader?

What exactly defines success?  Have you ever pondered that question? 

Success means the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.  Being successful means the achievement of desired visions and planned goals.  In that sense, we’ve all been successful, however, many people do not see themselves as successful because they are not world renowned.  If you see success in this light, you are wrong.   You should not let the world define you.

If you look at the definition of success, it’s simple….the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.  Look back and you will see many successes in your lifetime.  You decided that come Saturday you were going to clean out the garage.  On Saturday evening you lean back against your car gleaming with pride because now you can actually pull the car in!  Or maybe you purpose in your heart you’re going to go visit Aunt Edna Sunday afternoon even if you can only spend a few minutes with her.  When you see her smiling and waving as you back out of her driveway, you’re proud you skipped that afternoon nap to visit Aunt Edna instead. These are small successes but nevertheless they are accomplishments of a goal.

I share these examples because some people are too hard on themselves.  They don’t feel successful because they haven’t accomplished something big like discover a cure for diabetes.  Give yourself credit for accomplishing goals no matter how small they may seem.  Pat yourself on the back and take pride in the fact your are not sitting still but moving forward.

Consider Thomas Edison. He was both hearing impaired and fidgety.  He only lasted three months in school because his teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.”  He eventually was home schooled by his mom.  In talking about his invention of the light bulb, he said:

“I have not failed.  I’ve just found 10,000 ways that do not work.” ~ Thomas Edison

Success is empowering.  Success will happen if you try and refuse to quit.

Listen to what Paul the Apostle says in his letter to the Hebrews:

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”  Hebrews 12:1 KJV

We are running a race and it’s called “the race of life.”  The great Apostle Paul exhorts us to lay aside the weights that are hindering us from running that race.  Ask yourself what weights or sins are keeping you from running your race freely.  Is it fear, intimidation, insecurities, anger, bitterness, jealousy or just plain laziness hindering you?  What is your weight?  Figure out your weights so that you can run the race of life successfully.

I like this quote by Michael Jordan.

“Some want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” ~ Michael Jordan.

Run successfully!

The Voice

 

 

 

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Where Is Wisdom?

The great opening line of Charles Dickens’ novel A Tale of Two Cities, published in 1859, reads thusly…”It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.”  This line sums up America’s current state of affairs most accurately.

We are definitely living in interesting times!  No sooner has one news headline exploded on the scene until another follows in fast succession.  It’s becoming increasingly more difficult to keep up with current events because they are happening at a head spinning pace!

Technology is advancing so fast that by the time you purchase that smart TV, laptop, or latest cell phone, another has come out that has more features and yours is outdated.  Knowledge is everywhere!  You can look up virtually anything and everything on the internet from granny’s chicken and dumplings to where is curling from.

For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.  Habakkuk 2:14 KJV

We are living in that day.  Knowledge is everywhere but not necessarily wisdom.  What is the difference?  Knowledge is a familiarity, awareness, or understanding of someone or something, such as facts, information, descriptions, or skills, which is acquired through experience or education by perceiving, discovering, or learning, whereas wisdom is the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight.  So basically knowledge is knowing something and wisdom is knowing how to apply that knowledge.  Some people have head knowledge but no “common sense”.  Sounds like many living in society today.  You may be thinking…“Hey, that’s my son-in-law!”

Knowledge is indeed at our finger tips but wisdom seems to have flown out the window.  It’s amazing the things we hear coming out of Politicians, Senators, College Professors and News Casters mouth’s these days.  I’m in awe when watching the six o’clock news of Main Stream Media.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge:  but fools despise wisdom and instruction.  Proverbs 1:7 KJV

This scripture explains why we have our current affair of dumbness dominating our world today.   People have lost their fear of the Lord and the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge according to Proverbs 1:7.  This verse goes on to say that fools despise wisdom and instruction also.  God is wisdom and without God you have no wisdom.

This verse explains many in today’s society as well:

Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  2 Timothy 3:7 KJV

Professing themselves to be wise, they become fools.  Romans 1:22 KJV

When I was growing up in the turbulent ’60’s many in the “hippie” movement were saying that God was dead.  I was a teenager at the time and one day I read this verse:

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.  They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.  Psalms 14:1 KJV

I remember reading that verse and thinking…there’s the answer!  Many in my generation were certainly corrupt.  They were having “Love Ins”, using hallucinogenic drugs, dodging the draft and protesting the establishment.

I’m a grandmother now and nothing has changed except sin has grown worse.  Man’s morals are decaying and our world groans.   Listen to the Apostle Paul’s words:

For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  Romans 8:22 KJV

But there is hope!

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  Romans 1:2,3 KJV

In this world we will have tribulation and trials but we can overcome with Jesus.

Let us walk in the Spirit and pray for our world.  We need Jesus!

The Voice

 

“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”

Colossians 3:2 KJV

This world and all its evil is having less and less hold on me. Heaven is sounding sweeter all the time! There is nothing in this world of value except love for my family and winning the lost to Christ and His kingdom. Time is short…Jesus is soon coming! Do you know Him? Don’t be left out and spend eternity in hell. Hell was made for the devil and his angels, not for humans. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior so you can spend eternity with Him. Jesus loves you.  Come to Him today!

Prayers for your salvation…The Voice

Fixer Upper, Prayer and Jesus

I’m a great fan of farmhouse décor thanks to the lovely Mrs. Joanna Gaines, Queen of Farmhouse Décor.  Yes, I have the farmhouse bug you might say and speaking of farmhouse I’m sad that Chip & Joanna Gaines have announced this is their final season for their hit show, Fixer Upper.  It was definitely my favorite HGTV show.  I admired their closeness as a married couple and family and Joanna’s decorating skills were totally awesome.  One thing I know…I won’t be watching TV near as much when they go off the air.

Anyway, new subject matter.  Have you ever had a problem you couldn’t solve and then finally decided that fact in your wee little brain and then though, “Hey, I know!  I’ll pray about this!” and then almost immediately…problem solved?

Well, that’s happened to me on more than a few occasions.  I struggle in my own strength and when I finally give up and give it to Jesus, He lovingly takes it and works it all out for my good, just like Romans 8:28 says.

Anyway, I’m so thankful I know Jesus and know that He loves me and you too!

Now, if I could only remember that every time I’m in trouble.

The Voice

When Life Wears You Out

Fires, floods, hurricanes…so much is happening.  Hurricane Harvey hit Houston hard and now Hurricane Irma has her eye on Florida.  Trouble, trouble everywhere, it seems.  Many have faced the damaging effects of Houston’s Hurricane and will be dealing with its after effects for months to come and now Florida is feeling the same fear of what is predicted to come.  Let us continue to pray for God’s protection and mercy in these troublesome times.

Life with all its “stuff” has a way of wearing us out.  Have you ever felt that total exhaustion—that bone-tired, soul-tired, mental tiredness that leaves you feeling like a limp dirty dish rag?  Oh, I have and it was that way with me just a few days ago.  I was a weak, whiny, weeping wimp sobbing my way through dinner.

What was confusing that morning I felt such total victory in my Spirit man.  I felt like I could whip two Goliaths with one hand tied behind me!  I was ready for anything the devil might throw in my way and well, he did throw something my way that very afternoon and I was a weeping weakling!  What happened?  Where was my victory?  Where was my strength?  Where was my power?  It all washed away in just a few words from a close relative.  Words hurt!  My spirit was wounded and I lashed back with more hurtful words intended to hurt my opponent for the win.  But did I win?  No way.  I hurt more because I felt so defeated.  I want to be like Jesus.  I want to show love like Him.  I want to be a light.  I want to turn the other cheek but did I do any of that?  No!  I reacted in an unchristian way.  Shame on me and the devil would not let me forget it.  He reminded me that I acted unchristian and that I failed…miserably.  Guilt and condemnation were eating me alive and I wanted to just disappear.  But where?  No man is an island, as the author said.

Finally, after sobbing and slobbering (no, it wasn’t a pretty picture) I prayed for the Holy Spirit to help me.  I didn’t know how to fix the damage.  Words were spoken in hurt and anger and once those words are spoken you can’t take them back as much as you wish you could.

As I sat quietly meditating on what to do, my phone rang.  It was the person I love so much who had hurt me, apologizing for their actions.  I was surprised but immediately apologized for my hurtful words and actions also.  Amends were made and life was good again.

Why do we always seem to hurt the ones we love the most?  We all do it.  We’re all vulnerable to the devil’s tactics.  Oh, he’s sly and just when we think we can’t fall,  we do and then condemnation sets in.  You want to throw up your hands and quit but quitting is not an option, ever.

If you’re feeling worn out maybe you just need to eat, rest or take an emotional break to recharge.  Jesus took the disciples away from the crowds and ministry to relax and refresh themselves.  If Jesus felt the need to do that how much more do we need to relax and regroup.  It’s okay to get away, really!  You’ll be better for it and the people around you will be too.  Maybe they need a break from you.  (Smile)

Rest and let your body, soul and spirit be renewed.  Let God feed you.

Truly my soul waiteth upon God:  from him cometh my salvation.  He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.  In God is my salvation and my glory:  the rock of my strength, and my refuge is in God.  Psalms 62: 1,2, 7 KJV

David knew about being overwhelmed with life.  Listen to his words.

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed:  lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  Psalms 61:2 KJV

Rest in God.  He is your hope.  He is your rock.

The Voice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Time For Some Fence-Mending

Are you mad at someone today?  Has someone hurt your feelings and you’re not talking to them anymore?  Maybe it’s a neighbor, a friend, a spouse, or close relative like your mom or dad? 

So many people are at “odds” with others in our world today.  White against black, young against old, Republicans against Democrats, North against South, women against men, vegetarians against meat eaters, cat lovers against dog lovers and the list goes on and on.  It just seems that everybody is against somebody or something today and anger is measuring pretty high on the human Richter scale.  People are like earthquakes.  They are emotionally bruised, hurt, sensitive, boiling mad and likely to explode at any time!  Where has all this hurt come from?  Why are we now a nation of sensitive, can’t take it on the chin, whiny cry babies?  Our grandparents weren’t like this.  They were tough.  They worked long hours in the fields and fought in WWII.  They were called America’s greatest generation, so what has happened to today’s generation?  Why are they now called “snowflakes” by some?

They’re is probably a more complex answer than the one I’m about to offer but in my opinion it’s because of the breakdown of the family.  Fathers are no longer present in the majority of America’s homes and without the father the family is left to defend itself.  The father is to be the “head” and protector of the family unit and when he’s gone (for whatever reason) the family is more vulnerable.  Sometimes a close friend of the family and many times more likely a close relative will molest the girls and even the boys in this family situation.  You hear and read of it happening time and time again.  This affects the children for the rest of their lives.  They become angry because their childhood was stolen from them and some become promiscuous or turn to the gay lifestyle as a result.  Long story short, society now has thousands of angry people because they have been hurt, one way or another, looking for happiness and can’t find it.  Their hurt and hurting people, hurt people.

They need reconciliation.  What is reconciliation?  The restoration of friendly relations.  Synonyms for reconciliation are:  reuniting, reunion, bringing together (again), conciliation, fence-mending.  Reconciliation involves a change in the relationship between God and man or man and man.  It assumes there has been a breakdown in the relationship but now there has been a change from a state of enmity and fragmentation to one of harmony and fellowship.

In Romans 5:6-11, the great Apostle Paul says that before reconciliation we were powerless, ungodly sinners and enemies; were under God’s wrath.  Because of change or reconciliation we become “new creatures.”  “Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature:  old things are passed away: behold all things are become new.”  2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV  That means when we accept Christ, he makes us brand new!  We become a creature that never existed before; we’re changed.

How?  Through the death of Jesus.  “And all things are of God who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.”  2 Corinthians 5:18 KJV  Reconciliation takes place through the cross of Christ or the death of Christ, thus we are no longer enemies, ungodly, sinners or powerless.  Instead, the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit whom He has given to us.  (See Romans 5:5)  It is a change in the total state of our lives.

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV  God has justified us through His Son’s death on Calvary.  God has reconciled the world, not counting people’s sins against them.  Justification means, “just as if we had never sinned.”

The whole message of reconciliation is centered around the love of God and the death of Christ.  Paul reminds us that “God demonstrates his own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8  This brings peace with God.  We rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

“And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled.”  Colossians 1:21 KJV  We were God’s enemies but are now His friends.  We were in a state of condemnation because of our sins but we are now forgiven.  We were at war with God but now have the peace that transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

It’s time for some fence-mending.  We first need to be reconciled to God and then we can truly have peace and get along with our fellow man.  Be reconciled to God today and in the process be reconciled with your brother, your sister, your parents, your neighbor, your friend, your spouse.

Praying for reconciliation today,

The Voice

 

 

It’s Here!

Perhaps the most misunderstood person among the body of Christ is the Holy Spirit and the role He plays in the life of the Believer. On the night before Jesus’ crucifixion, He made one of the most astounding statements of His whole ministry.

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.  John 16:7

Jesus was saying it was more beneficial for us to have the ministry of the Holy Spirit than it was to have Jesus present with us in His physical body!  It is the Holy Spirit of God who brings conviction to the unbeliever and causes him to see the truth of the Gospel in a clear light. It is the Holy Spirit who “woos” the sinner to come. This book is about the love of our Heavenly Father for all mankind and His desire to fellowship with him. 

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Has God Changed His Mind About Sin?

The question being asked is this:  Does God ever change His mind about breaking His commandments?  Does He adjust His view to today’s world standards about sin and society’s cultural stance on moral behavior? 

This is what megachurch Pastor Brian Houston had to say about his church’s conversation about gay marriage:

This is a conversation the church needs to have and we are all on a journey as we grapple with the question of merging biblical truth with a changing world.

There is no need for the church of Jesus to be grappling with Biblical truth.  Sure, the world has changed it’s views about moral conduct, that’s an undeniable fact but the undeniable fact is the truth of God’s Word has not changed.  No Pastor should be grappling with the truth.  He has a Bible where the truth is laid out plain and simple!

A few days ago I read an article in a leading Christian magazine that Pastor Stan Mitchell, the pastor of GracePoint, another megachurch in Franklin, Tennessee, had announced to his congregation that practicing homosexuals can now be members of his church and hold their gay weddings in the sanctuary.  He stated,

Full privileges are extended now to you with the same expectations of faithfulness, sobriety, holiness, wholeness, fidelity, godliness, skill and willingness.  That is expected of all.  Full membership means being able to serve in leadership and give all of your gifts and receive all the sacraments; not only communion and baptism but child dedication and marriage.

A number of other church leaders and their congregations are welcoming same sex union couples into their church family and given full acceptance as born again believers.

Really, Pastors?  And where in God’s Word did you get permission to do this?  Did God change His mind because that’s not what His Word says.

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind:  it is abomination.  Leviticus 18:22 KJV

And now read what the great Apostle Paul wrote:

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived:  neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  I Corinthians 6:9, 10 KJV

Just this morning I was reading in I Corinthians 5 where Paul opens up this chapter by saying there is gross immorality being tolerated in the church.  Paul goes on to say in this same chapter that the church should deliver this one or any other person who say they are believer and committing fornication to Satan.  Paul says the church should discipline those committing such evil works by excommunicating them.  (Read vs. 5)  Paul has quite a different method than some megachurch leaders in our day.

He goes on to say,

Your glorying is not good.  Know ye not that a little leaven, leaveneth the whole lump?  I Corinthians 5:6 KJV

What Paul is actually saying is this…these people committing such acts contrary to God’s commandment will influence the whole church with their evil practice.

In verse 7 Paul says to cleanse the church of these evil people.  In verse 9 Paul says he wrote a letter to the Corinthian church to not keep company with fornicators.  He says not to even eat with a brother who is a fornicator.

We can see from Paul’s letter that church discipline is Biblical but today we have people who are fornicators holding prominent positions in the church…some are even in the pulpits!

Paul dealt with it in his day and the church is dealing with it in our day.  It is a sad state and a disgrace.  God will not bless sin.  He never has and He never will.  You see, God is holy and He expects His church to be holy.  We are to be separated from world views and have the same view as Christ toward sin.  Jesus said for us to be holy because He was holy.

But them that are without God judgeth.  Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.  I Corinthians 5:13 KJV

God will judge sin.  The church is to judge it’s own.  The church is to discipline just a Parent disciplines their children.

Does God love people?  Does He love the sinner?  Does He love the believer who sins?  Unequivocally the answer is “YES”!  God is love but there are commandments or rules laid out in His Word and He expects us to live by those rules.

People change, methods change, ideas change but the Word of God does not change.  It is the measuring stick to which we are live by.   Instead of the church becoming more like the world, the church should be causing the world to desire to be more like the church.

Preachers are to preach the truth.  It is more loving to tell people the truth than to lie to them.  The Preacher will be held accountable for not declaring the truth to his congregation.   The blood of those lost will be on his hands.  Preachers “preach the Word”.  Don’t give up and don’t let down!  Hold up the blood stained banner of the cross and march forward to win the world for Jesus!

The Voice

 

 

 

 

Miracles Do Happen!

“Mama, I think you should go.”  These were the words spoken by my eight year old daughter and the only reason why I even considered going.  I had already made up my mind I was not going.

I had been able to fake happiness my whole life but the charade had gotten harder as my children began to grow older and wiser.  Their little voices on the other side of my bedroom door asking if I was okay made the anguish I was feeling much harder to bear.  I tried to muffle the crying noises as best I could but they knew their mama was not okay.  I needed help.

When my husband asked me what was wrong, I couldn’t answer.  I didn’t know.  I was just very sad.  I managed to work a full time job but would come home each afternoon, take some cold medicine because it made me drowsy and go to sleep.  I did have a headache almost every day but sleep was my best friend.

My husband didn’t know how to help me.  He encouraged me to see a doctor.  After all it could be hormonal and maybe if they prescribed medication I would feel better.

I was the oldest of seven children.  From an early age there was a lot of responsibility put on me from both my parents.  At twelve years old they would leave me in charge of my younger siblings.  If anything went wrong while they were gone it was my fault.  One day two of my brothers got in a scuffle and broke a lamp.  Sure enough when they got home dad scolded me because after all I was in charge.  Their was a problem however, I was not in charge because my younger siblings didn’t think they needed to listen to me, let alone mind me.

Some of my earliest memories were ones of being whipped with a belt by my dad and I never knew why.  He would tell me to lie across the bed and I would start begging and crying because I knew what was coming.  If I didn’t he said it would only be much worse on me.  He would then remove his leather belt and whip me leaving belt marks on my back.

My mother would come to the door begging him to stop but he would remind her if she didn’t leave he was going to whip her too.  I was left alone screaming, writhing and crying on the bed.  I don’t know if he was drunk.  I never knew why I was getting a beating.

Besides the physical abuse, I suffered mental and emotional abuse also.  Neither one of my parents ever hugged me, kissed me, praised me or told me they loved me…never.  In fact, just the opposite was true.  My dad loved to remind me almost on a daily basis that they just had me to clean the house.  He would say it with a grin on his face.  He would also say things like…”you’re not worth the salt that goes in your bread” or “can’t you do anything right?”  My Saturdays consisted of always cleaning house.  We never played family games together, went on a family picnic or outing together.

I was a smart kid.  I always made the honor roll and the teacher displayed my papers on the bulletin board with a large sticker because of my handwriting.  I was chosen to be in Student Council in the third grade but I’m not sure my parents even knew that.  If they were, they never said anything about it.  My third grade teacher stood at our classroom door each morning and gave me a hug before I entered the room.  She may have hugged every student but that was the only hug I ever received as a child.

One afternoon I came home with a Parent letter about the Bluebird Club.  I wanted to be a Bluebird.  I didn’t know exactly what they did but I wanted to join.  My mother glanced quickly at the letter and then let me know I couldn’t join because it was on Wednesday afternoons and we had church that night.  I begged a little but she said I couldn’t join, end of discussion.

I couldn’t wait to leave home.  I thought when I got out on my own I would be happy.

I got married and left home but my problems went with me.  I was sad and didn’t know how to enjoy life.  I wasn’t happy unless I was busy working.  I didn’t know how to relax and have fun.  I felt responsible for everyone else’s happiness.  If I saw other women with their mothers shopping or eating lunch together, I was jealous.  I longed to have that kind of relationship with my mother.  I felt isolated and alone.

After marriage I also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education and graduated with honors.  My husband and two children attended my graduation ceremony but neither one of my Parents came.  My husband and children were very proud of me and we celebrated with dinner after the ceremony at a nice restaurant.  My family was very supportive of me and I knew they loved me.  I felt so blessed to have them and was proud of them also.

After I landed a teaching position my life became very stressful  I worked a full time job, took care of two children, did all the household chores, helped take care of my husband’s elderly mother, plus we Pastored a small church in another county.

Life was becoming more and more difficult and I spent more and more time alone in my bedroom crying.  The depression was closing in on me.  I began to have headaches, stomach problems, back aches, high blood pressure, joint pain and significant weight gain.  I was going to the doctor and chiropractor more and more often for medication and relief.

One day my husband sat me down and told me I couldn’t change what happened to me as a child.  He told me I couldn’t change my Parents either.  He told me I would just have to accept things the way they were.  He told me I couldn’t change my situation but I could change my reaction to it.

I knew he was right.  I was wishing and longing for something that would never be and I was meditating on that fact.  This was the root problem of my depression and I knew it.  I needed to see my worth as a person and that I was valuable and lovable in God’s eyes.

I didn’t know it at the time but a phone call came one afternoon that would literally change my life!  A friend of mine called inviting me to attend a Ladies Conference with her.  Within minutes of our conversation I had already mentally decided I was not going but I told her I would thing about it and call her back.

I had no intentions of going until my daughter spoke those words, “Mama, I think you should go.”  Somehow, I knew she was right.  I didn’t know why but I knew it.  I later  called my friend back and told her I would go.

I did go and when I got there imagine my surprise when I found out the guest speaker was a licensed Clinical Psychologist who spoke that evening about the symptoms of depression.  I identified with everything she was saying.  She had my undivided attention.

That weekend proved to be a major turning point in my life!  I learned by listening to her talk and through prayer that it was possible to be free from the debilitating grip of that demon called, depression.

The last day of that Conference, the Director came down off the stage touched my head and immediately I felt that dark cloud of depression lift off me.  I felt free for the first time since I was a child.  I began to laugh with uncontrollable joy.  It bubbled like a fountain from deep with my belly.  I laughed all the way home.

When my husband and children saw me they knew there was a difference in my demeanor.  I hugged them with joy.  Our home was now a happy home!

I was now able to function and be with my family instead of hiding in my bedroom from them and the rest of the world.  I was no longer a prisoner to sadness.  I was no longer captive but was like a prisoner set free!  Jesus set me free!

I’m so happy to this day that I listened to my little daughter and went to this conference even though I didn’t want to go.

Sometimes miracles happen when we least expect them!  I know!