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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Before and After (05/14/09)

TITLE: HE touched me


Dealing with a loved one with an

addiction is the most frustrating

thing a person can go through.

After begging and praying for

so long you just want to give up. But

then you see a little glimmer of hope

and think, maybe I wonít give up just

yet. Then they let you down

again. That is the way it is with me

in dealing with my husbands

addiction. I have been with my

husband for 23 years and for 23 years

I have prayed that God would take that

addiction from him. I always wondered

why God wouldnít do it. Was I a bad

person and God couldnít hear my

prayers or was my husband so far away

from God that he couldnít be reached?

I decided to start going to church so

that ďIĒ could get closer to God. I

felt like if I got myself right with

the Lord he could hear my prayers and

he would save my husband. At the time

my daughter was going to a Christian

school so I started attending the

church affiliated with the school. It

was a Church of God and I was

Baptist. I had attended bible school

at a church of God when I was younger,

and let me tell you, those people

scared me to death! My daughter had

become so close to God at this church

and was doing things that I had always

thought were for show and not actually

God. She started speaking in tongues,

dancing in the spirit, falling out in

the spirit and all these things that I

didnít believe were real. I found

myself doubting her spiritual

encounters. But one Sunday I went to

church and my husband and I had been

having some major problems. When that

preacher started preaching he was

preaching my story! I asked myself,

how did he know about my situation? I

was overcome with emotion and I

started to cry uncontrollably. When

the alter call was given, I went to

the alter. Two ladies from the church

came up and laid their hands on my

back and began to pray for me. Let me

tell you, it felt like their hands

were on fire. It was like you could

feel the power from God coming through

their hands! All this time I was

still crying so hard I lost my

breath. But suddenly I felt something

pouring over my head and I felt it

flow ever so slowly down my body till

it reached my feet. There was no

doubt in my mind then that this was

God and God loved me. Instantly I

stopped crying and felt this peace

that I have never felt before in my

life. It was so awesome! It was

like every bit of trouble that was

bottled up inside me was washed away

in an instant. As hard as I had been

crying you just couldnít shut if off

on your own. It was God. God poured

down his love on me and since that day

I have never been the same. I have a

peace that letís me know that whatever

happens, itís all going to be

alright. I realized that I couldnít

save my husband. I can pray for him

and love him unconditionally but I

canít save him. I pray for the day

that he himself can feel the love of

God pouring over him. I know on that

day he will never be the man he was

before God touched him.

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Sara Harricharan 05/24/09
A nice story, but I'm confused by the format you used to present it. I thought it was supposed to be a poem, but instead it reads as simply a story. Otherwise, thanks for sharing this.
Jeanne E Webster 05/24/09
Shalom and thank you for sharing your conversion experience with us. Amen, once Christ touches us, we are never ever the same! Your piece is a wonderful testimonial.