Joyce’s Journey

Joyce’s Journey

I never thought of life as being a journey until 6 years ago. I had been in a relationship with God for 14 years and had read allegories about the Christian life being a journey (Pilgrim’s Progress and Hinds Feet on High Places), but never really gave much thought to it. But here I was in 2014 being introduced to my own journey, a “healing journey”; and that’s how God led me to Mid-Valley Fellowship in Albany, Oregon.

My healing journey began when I experienced a betrayal in my life and sought help to show me how to get through it. It was time to recover from the hurt, pain, and trauma that had occurred. I saw myself as a victim. However, the Lord soon showed me that I was broken, as well as the one who betrayed me.

I was broken from the beginning when I was born into sin, separated from God. I was then broken by the emotional, mental, and physical abuse of growing up in an alcoholic household. And even further broken because of the wrong choices I made as a result of my dysfunctional family background. Prior to the betrayal I experienced I never knew any of this. These were things that God showed me through the two programs I went through at Mid-Valley Fellowship: Hope Together and Mending the Soul.

Today, I am still on this healing journey. It just looks different, now, than when I began; and I can say that it is a good place to be. God is showing me my character defects as well as my wrong thinking. And He is continuing to heal the broken areas of my life as well. He is teaching me how to love and accept other’s brokenness, to help and encourage them on their own journey. He is transforming me to be like his Son, Jesus, although I am still far off. The journey will not be over until I see Him face to face.

Praise God that He does not leave us in our brokenness. He made a way for us through Jesus, our Healer.

Thank you, Lord!

Joyce

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