This post is written by LeadHer Local Springfield member, Ruth. Below is her story in her own words. 

307985_2002709030856_2022954096_nJesus has taken me to places of the heart, sometimes through fire, so I could be molded into the woman He knew I could become. My story is about brokenness, but it’s also about the mending of my soul through the Spirit. It’s a tale of unbelievable miracles that got me to where I am today. Jesus is a wonderful Savior!

I cam up for air, hearing, “Are you at the end of your rope?” I sat still, thinking God must have known my thoughts and was giving to me what I could not do for myself. My husband and I had recently moved from the only home we had ever known to a place where we knew no one. I felt hope when I read, “LeadHer” on the screens at church. I’d been praying not thank-you-prayers, but pleading sorrowful cries of despair. I felt so far from home in this place full of strangers. As I learned more about the Local LeadHer meeting, I thought of the verse in Psalm 23:2-3, “He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul…” Surely, I had to go.

I went to my first meeting, there I met many women. I started connecting and I felt another ray of hope. I collected some phone numbers as I gave mine away eagerly. I desired friends, I needed friends. I spoke about my pain and they listened. I found friends- God knew my heart.

In the days ahead, I found myself walking through a fire. Sitting in a hospital room, I was praying that my husband would live and not leave me here alone. Two of my LeadHer friends came and sat with me until we knew the surgery had been a success. The Holy Spirit has connected me with countless women and purpose 10404224_667027690070417_5043455833175289293_nsince then, and LeadHer has become my place of refuge.

The more I came to the meetings, the more I learned about my faith. I’ve been in the church my whole life, but it as at LeadHer that I finally learned what my Spiritual Gifts are. Now I am learning how I can serve those around me. I rededicated my life to Christ a few months later and was baptized at my church with both my church family and my LeadHer sisters to cheer me on.