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