February 16, 2003
Randy W.- she had 'filed for divorce', I had nowhere to turn except to God,
My name is Randy. God is so good. As an early teenager, His conviction hit me very hard. I was saved in my teen years, but had no teaching of what it means to be a Christian. The small Baptist church I grew up in just was not a growing church. As a result, in my early twenties I slid back into what the world would have me do. College and friends influenced me to do things that I should not have done. After college, I married my best friend, my wife. I continued for too many years on the fence of world and church. Personally, I knew what it meant to live a Godly life, but was not doing it.
After 14 years of marriage, God blessed us with a son. He now is teaching me more about God than I ever thought possible. As his name means, he truly is a gift from God. But I continued in the world, seeking self and not my family until October of 2000. My wife decided to quit her career and stay home with our son. We sold our big house and were going to live the life of a one-income family, at least that is what I thought. On the day we closed on the sale of our house, I totaled my car and was starting to allow my anger to surface as it had many times in the past. That afternoon as I went to fill my borrowed vehicle with gas and arrived back at our new home, my wife was gone and had left me a note stating that she had “filed for divorce”. Being devastated, I had nowhere else to turn except to God. He was using this to bring me back into fellowship with Him, but at the time I didn’t realize it. I was an emotional wreck and incapable of accomplishing anything. For the next 5 months I spent every waking hour in prayer asking God to turn not only my heart around, but heal my marriage as well. God answered my prayer on March 1, 2001 at 4am in the morning. That was the day I received a call from my wife and heard the words “I think I want to come back”. I cried for about two days. It was a hard road, with counseling, prayer, and even starting to “Date” again with my wife. She moved back home August of 2001 (Praise God).
We are now members of a growing church. My wife sings in the choir, and I work with the children in Awana’s and with the Christian school our son attends helping with athletics and special events fund raising. I am continuing daily in my bible study, and have been attending a men’s small accountability group for about 2 years. My faith now is stronger than it has ever been before, and I thank God for the trial of divorce. It has given me a commitment to become what God desired me to become, a loving Christian, husband and father.
My walk with Christ is not perfect in any stretch of the imagination. It is only by his love and grace that I make it through each and every day. God has a perfect plan for my life, and my faith and trust in Him I know will get me through. My life motto has become Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. He is such a good God, and I am not worthy of the countless blessings that he has bestowed upon me.
Christ can do the same for you, if you just trust in him as your personal savior. If you have, then you know the peace it brings to your life. If you haven’t, then I urge you to immediately contact someone, friend, pastor, or co-worker and commit your life to Him. Peace abounds in the arms of our heavenly father and he will give you the true meaning of why you are here on this earth.
Praise to the most high God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords…
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