I met Jenny several years ago when she and her husband became leaders in the student ministry that my husband was leading at the time. We became fast friends and even had the oppertunity to live down the street from each other for a while. I’m so thankful that she is sharing her story with us today because it’s one of hope and healing and of God’s pursuit for her heart because of His great love for her and for us all!
At 21 years old, I was a single mom of a two-year-old little girl and living in the big city. I landed my dream job at a trendy salon working as a hairdresser and managed to provide in our little duplex. I was lonely and empty, finding myself in dead-end relationships and bad decisions.
Rewind to my teenage pregnancy, I was very sick and unable to do much work. A lady from a large church in my hometown heard about my situation and offered me a job at the church on Sundays taking care of newborns-which became very useful considering I was about to have one of my own. She became a part of my testimony that forever changed my life. After I gave birth to my daughter and even during the time I lived in the city, I continued to work in the nursery on Sundays so my daughter could attend church on Sundays the way I did as a child.
Many of the ladies at the church would pray for me and encourage me as a single mom. That prayer led me to make a best friend at the hair salon who was going through a rough breakup and was also in need of a friend. She had a strong relationship with the Lord and I was so attracted to the light she carried in such an ungodly environment. One day we were hanging out, and she shared a Bible story with my daughter about Noah’s ark. I had this overwhelming feeling inside me as I listened to her tell that story. I wanted to be the one to do that for my daughter, so I really began to dig deep in my knowledge of the Lord and the Bible.
I was ready to decide if I truly believed Jesus when He claimed to be the Son of God. I studied and read and learned more and more everyday. The Scriptures were alive for the first time in my life. One day before church service, I asked my friend to pray for me because I was just so confused, scared and unsure. It was during that service that the Lord pierced my heart and I knew that day what I believed. I wish I could say that everything magically became perfect and my life changed overnight, but it was a long and very difficult process to remove the chains that Satan had bound me with so tightly.
I was in an abusive relationship, and spent many nights crying on the shower floor begging God to save me. I like to call it Satan’s last hurrah, because he did not want me to belong to anyone but him. The Lord prevailed in my life as He always does, and I was finally free from that relationship as well as many other things in my life.
I soon met the love of my life, we were married shortly after and had four little boys together. God is so good and I am genuinely amazed by Him daily. He truly is my healer and my restorer. He brought me out of darkness in the most beautiful and unique way, and He gave me a husband who loves me so fully. God was so patient with me on my journey and I will spend the rest of my life thanking Him for His goodness!