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Gratitude To God For The Storms

There’s no one that hasn’t experienced some sort of tribulation, strife, or storm in their lives. It’s how we handle each and every storm that matters. It’s times like these that remind us that we aren’t in control and we don’t have all the answers, but God does. We may feel lacking in competency and wonder how things will work out. In some situations, we could feel a state of panic.

We might wonder and say, “I don’t understand, Lord.” “Why?” “Where are you?” “Why is this happening?” “I don’t know what to do next or where to turn.” “Are you angry with me?” “Did I do something wrong?” “I’m devastated, I need to know you’re still with me.”

In December 2015, I was interviewed by Courtney Davis, from WVVA news about the release of my Christian children’s book, “My Secret Place with God.” The book is a true story about my relationship with God as a child. I shared how important the Lord’s presence and love meant to me.

In the interview, I explained that from the ages of three unto six, I had been sexually abused by two different men, who didn’t know each other. My parents had no idea that these things were happening. I was threatened by these two evil men; with one of them telling me that he would kill me! I was scared and I didn’t know what to think or do, as I was only a small child. The storyline in the children’s book is void of these abuses, of course. But, the book was written to spread the name Jesus to give hope to children including those who are being abused.

My saving grace in dealing with these childhood abuses was my complete absolute belief and trust in God! One summer, I had been told in vacation bible school, that the Lord loved me very much! And, that He watched over me and kept His angels watching over me! I believed this with all of my heart! I was also given a plaque at bible school that said, ‘Jesus loves me,’ and the plaque glowed in the dark! It hung above the door in my bedroom, and I could see it glow as I lay in my bed and went to sleep every night. There was power in those three words, and that little plaque forever changed my life!

One night at bedtime, I lay on my side looking at the plaque and talking/praying to Jesus. Suddenly, there was a beautiful purple light that filled the room. I sat up in bed to where the source of the light seemed to come from. At the foot of my bed stood a man whom I knew to be Jesus. I don’t remember His features so much, but I do remember that He glowed in the most beautiful purple light and that His hands were stretched out to me. I remember feeling so happy and I remember smiling at Him! The figure of Jesus dissipated and I lay down again in bed. Suddenly, to the left of the bed were two figures in blue with wings, floating in the air! I knew that these were angels watching over me and I smiled again, falling to sleep. This event was burned into my memory, as it was a divine gift from the Lord!

Some people might offer, why did God allow these abuses to happen? …Why does anything happen?

Since my childhood and until this time period, I’ve experienced spiritual warfare around me in a concentrated way that has helped me understand the discernment of spirits. This is the reality of this world, a battle between goodness and evil. The good news, the storms in my life were temporary and short in the grand scheme of things. Jesus has already defeated death (Satan) at the cross, for “everlasting” life in heaven!

Psalm 107:29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still

I’ve had more storms and difficult experiences than I can count within my lifetime, including a divorce, betrayals, and other abuses such as denigration and abandonment. During these times periods, I at times wondered where God was. But, I mostly had faith, as I know that Jesus and heaven are real!
I realized that out of each of these storms, I had learned many lessons, grew in wisdom, gained strength in faith, and developed greater imminence to God. I wouldn’t trade closeness to God for anything!

I thank God for these storms. I am now better qualified to understand how to love God and help His children, in thanks for giving me everlasting life.
1st Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Comments 8

  1. Bryan Childs

    Yes it’s true that how we handle these storms and keep the faith in the word of God and that he is always with us. Knowing that the good Lord is with us and the knowledge that is given to us is how we handle the storms and sometimes we just have to leave it to faith that these things will work out.

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      Bryan,
      Thank you little brother for your comment. You are so right in saying that we need faith in God, and we absolutely need the word of God to live our lives!
      Galatians 2:20
      I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
      Amen
      I appreciate you keeping up with our ministry. Keep letting your beautiful light shine! I love you, Sis

  2. Connie Wohlford

    Rhonda, it’s by God’s amazing grace you’ve overcome so many hurts in your life. I don’t understand it. God is so amazing and His redemptive power is beyond comprehension. I pray God will get much mileage out of your testimony to His glory and in the building of His Kingdom.
    Thanks for sharing. Love you.

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      Connie,
      You are so kind to leave such a endearing comment. I don’t understand lots of things either Connie, but I do know His grace is sufficient. I know that I wouldn’t have survived many deep, dark valley’s without my Lord and Savior Jesus! I give Him all the glory for protecting me, loving me, and giving me faith and hope, along with His amazing grace. If I can help anyone with my testimony, I’m blessed!
      Much love and blessings to you my Sister, Rhonda

  3. Patty

    Rhonda,
    Thank you so much for this story! Your allowing yourself to be vulnerable has and will continue to help soo many people! Thank you for being transparent,, taking this risk while opening up your heart to Jesus and by doing so opening your heart to us, your readers!

    So refreshing, encouraging, uplifting and heartfelt! As you illustrate, what a pleasure to serve such an awesome God!

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      Patty,
      Thank you for leaving a beautiful comment. Yes, we serve an amazing, awesome, loving, most glorious, and faithful God! I can’t imagine my life without knowing Him!
      Speaking about my abuses to the viewing public, was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. However, in sharing my story it brought about many people reaching out to me in gratitude, as they or a family member being sexually abused, or assaulted as well. It gave them courage to speak out to someone for the first time! Thank you Lord!
      Thank you Patty for supporting our ministry by leaving comments and always reaching out to us with love!
      Blessings to you and yours, Rhonda

  4. Carol

    Rhonda,
    This is a wonderfully written article which covers many foundations of Christianity and what it is to be a genuine Christian. Thank you for this story. I agree with Connie’s comment that your testimony will get much mileage from it to display God’s grace and your fortitude to serve God. As an author you also innocently portray a reflection of your dedicated and loving heart to do the desires that God has for your life. Love, Carol

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      Dear Carol,
      Thank you for leaving such an encouraging comment. I have to admit that I sometimes ‘slip up,’ and am not as Christ-like as I’d like to be. Admitting my sins and repenting, even if it is only a thought I have about something or someone, I have learned that this is to be accountable. I’m so thankful that the Lord loves us and forgives us if we are sincere in our repentance. I’m just an ordinary person who loves and trusts God with all of my heart, mind, and spirit. I love Him and I know that He loves me too! I know that God loves all of His children! I know that God’s purpose for my life, is to share my testimony, faith and love to others who don’t know of Christ Jesus. Imagine if each one of us shared the love of the Lord, to just one person, and that one person went to heaven because we cared enough to love them like Jesus! What a blessing that would be to the world and the Kingdom of Heaven! The time is now for Christians to be bold about their faith! We need to get out of our comfort zone, not being ashamed or afraid to share our love for Christ. When we stand before the Lord, will He say, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” Or will He say, “Away from me, I never knew you.” It’s not that hard to love Jesus and love one another. It’s a privledge.
      With love, Rhonda

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