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Patricia Edwards

Hope and a future: Jeremiah 29:11

I was raised the youngest of seven children and suffered abuse, sexually and mentally, by the adults I was suppose to trust. I was able to prevail above the abuse and go on to lead a somewhat normal life of working and raising my own children. All while staying afloat in a sea of abuse from my spouse. I began to conform to the ways of the world and began utilizing marijuana to dull the deep ache in my heart, the after effect of a lifetime filled with abuse.

I didn’t have a relationship with God. After all hadn’t He allowed all those people to hurt me? Through The Salvation Army corps officers and members, I met God. The ministry they shared opened my eyes and heart to hear the Word of God. I came to know that God didn’t allow the things that happened to me. He was there protecting me. He was making me stronger, stronger so that I would be able to withstand the storms that come with doing His work. He had chosen me before I was even born to be His messenger of Hope, hope of a life that can be had through living for Him and in Him. I came to accept Him fully and trustingly in my life on a Sunday morning while sitting in the back of the church. My heart healed as I made my way to the front to kneel at the altar, looking ahead, I didn’t turn back then and never have.

My life since accepting the Lord has been awesome. I can’t explain it any other way. Knowing I have a father that loves me and accepts me for who I am comes with a sense of fulfillment in my life. A feeling I have never experienced before!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” —Jeremiah:29:11