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Topic: Blessed (11/29/04)

TITLE: God will do what He has to do
By Maribel Estrada
12/03/04

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It was a cool November night. Mary struggled to maintain her mind on the book she was reading but for some reason her mind keep wondering back to the day she found out she was pregnant of her fourth child. At that time Mary and her husband Charles lived with their three children in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She had moved there running away from a childhood full of bad memories. It’s funny she thought, that after so many years of denying to return, she was back. But this time things were so different. Something began to happen the moment they decided to return.

She remembered how awful she felt when she found out she was pregnant again. Just five months prior she had given birth to her third child. At that time they lived on a one salary budget and things weren’t working out so well. So they decided that the best thing to do was to go back to their hometown. She could remember the exact words her husband said “Sweetheart, at least there we have my mother and your parents that could help out at a time of need which we know by experience are going to be plenty.” The idea of moving back really bought a burden on Mary, but she knew there was no other choice.

As the years passed, Mary struggled with all the demands of being a stay at home mom of two pre-adolescent and two toddlers. And to make things worst Mary started to experience episodes of mild depression. Her attitude toward her children was getting worst by the second. There were days that she could barely stand the sight of them.

One day, she decided to accept an invitation she had received to visit the church affiliated to the school her children went to. Two weeks after that first visit Mary decided to give her life to Jesus.

“Three years have passed since that,” Mary thought. “Who would of thought, that I would be part of the Church’s Leadership and that my children would be part of the Worship Ministry and that after so many years of anger, depression, regrets, and blame things can feel so great.”

Mary could feel the peace the Lord had brought into her life. At this moment she realized that she was exactly where God wanted her to be.

You see, God will do what ever He has to do to get us to where He wants us, when he wants.


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Maribel Estrada12/06/04
Hi, I'm not an author, I'm just a woman that has believed the word that God has spoken over her life. I'm open to critics but Pleas be gentle. Thank you & God Bless
Maribel Estrada12/07/04
I didn't just author this story, I lived it. This is part of my testimony.
Deborah Anderson12/07/04
Beautiful testimony, sister. God bless you.
Phyllis Inniss 12/08/04
God works in wonderful and mysterious ways. Always put your trust in Him. BLessings.
Jodi Hodge12/08/04
Maribel, your story touched me. I felt blessed by reading it. Thank you.