Fear to Faith
When I first walked through the doors of Word Fellowship Church in early 2010, I was broken-hearted. Many things had happened previously in our family’s life, culminating with our moving half-way across the country, from everyone and everything we knew, to New Jersey where we knew no one.
As my husband and I had sought God about whether to make the move or not, God gave us Isaiah 43:19 “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” So, we moved. Not that I could see this new thing God had promised. All I could see was the hurt, the loneliness, the anxiety, the fear. But because God said it, we did it.
The mission of Word Fellowship Church is to bind up the broken-hearted, proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners… (Isaiah 61:1). And, that is exactly what God has been doing in me through Word Fellowship!
I have gone from someone who cried most days of the week, rarely trusting, always anticipating the next bad thing, waiting for the next shoe to drop. I’ve gone from being shy and scared, focusing on myself, knowing in my head that God is good and faithful, loving and true, because the Bible says so, but not living or walking in that actual reality!
Our family has been in NJ, and at Word Fellowship, for less than 2 years, but what God has done in that short amount of time is truly amazing! Our family has been accepted and loved and taken in as family by people who knew nothing more about us than that we were fellow believers in Jesus, fellow Christ-followers. Through their love and grace (and prodding and pushing, sometimes) I have taken more steps of faith and obedience to God’s call than I have in probably the last 20 years, since I was a teenager.
There are so many specifics I could share, but for now, I simply want to give God honor and praise and thanks! God took me from total despair, total focus on myself, to focus on Him and others. God is good – all the time! He works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). And, now, I don’t just know it – in my head, because the Bible says so – I KNOW it – in my heart, because I’ve experienced it first-hand!