A time to LOVE; a time to GIVE; a time to WALK IN FAITH and FORGIVENESS, rather than fear, hopelessness and bitterness. With so much going on, it’s often easy to walk into this time spiritually and emotionally unprepared with many expectations. We encourage you to take time with the Lord to hear His heart for your situation and to ask Him to show you His heart for the others around you. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (revealed).” When you see His heart for them, you can walk in the power of true love and avoid unfulfilled expectations (you didn’t even know you had).
A Modern-Day Christmas Miracle
“Honestly, I didn’t want to come here…” : Husband
“I must honestly say, I did not want to come here and do this ‘thing.’ I was depressed, discouraged, and hopeless. My wife and I were at loggerheads! We didn’t know what to do or where to turn. We had tried seemingly everything and at times we would do well, but my anger would always come back and I would withdraw from her and our family. It was like a rollercoaster ride, with me causing the downward plunges into the abyss. I love the Lord, my wife, and my children dearly, but my behavior was hurting them. I would shut down and then explode.
At Transforming Hearts Ministries, it didn’t matter what I had done, they were just here for me! There was no judgment, only gentle encouragement to let Jesus heal the wounds and pain from the past. (Is. 61:1) There were so many ways I had given ground to the enemy (Eph. 4:27) and I didn’t know it. We had powerful times of repentance from my heart and renouncing strongholds, which opened the door to who I really am in Christ.
Having my wife at my side through this journey of healing has been vital to our relationship. We can look deep into each other’s eyes the way we did when first married! We have a renewed sense of hope, trust and intimacy that we have not had in years.”
“I instantly knew we needed to come…” : Wife
“When we heard about Transforming Hearts Ministries, I instantly knew we needed to come, but I did not feel hopeful for our marriage. I just knew I had to try, for our kids’ sake.
We had done years of marriage counseling in our efforts to stop hurting each other. We were stuck, locked in a resentful, embittered relationship. We’d try to connect and care for each other, but it never lasted and we’d feel worse with each try. I never felt like I could rely on my husband AT ALL. I felt hurt by him and I needed to protect myself from him. Separation or divorce seemed to be the only possible option, unless I stayed in the relationship and died. I felt heart broken at how we were affecting our children.
As we started through the materials I began feeling hopeful, but still very uncertain. The positive testimony from friends who had been through Transforming Hearts Ministries was what kept me going and gave me hope to continue pressing forward.
It is amazing what God has done. For the first time in many years I feel HOPE again that our marriage can be good and that our kids can see that Christ’s work in us is real. I’ve always known that something wonderful was buried deep inside my husband. I saw it re-surface and I feel love and respect restored. We have truly experienced the love of Jesus and the real touch of His hand in our marriage. I’m excited to see where we go from here! Not once did we feel condemnation or shame here – such a different view for us – as it seems we have been through the ranks of un-helpful counseling experiences (although there was some good in some of it, too). Thanks, Transforming Hearts Ministries – we’ve gotten a picture of God and His heart for us, and who we can be in Him. He is always at work in our hearts!”
Leroy and Jeanne will be coming to Mott Auditorium in Pasadena, CA this January for a Transforming Hearts Ministries conference – TRANSFORMED: A Conference on Personal Freedom and Love. Are you looking for hope or refreshment? Do you have friends you know would benefit from this conference? Come and join us January 22nd through 25th, 2014; we’d love to see you! Register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/transformed-a-conference-on-personal-freedom-and-love-tickets-9402283483
A heartfelt Christmas blessing to all,
Leroy and Jeanne