Lauren’s Story

I grew up in Winnipeg, and when my parents separated, as far as I knew, my life as a Christian was over. I blamed the church for not being there for me when my parents split up. I didn’t know how to deal with what life threw at me so I ran.

For the next twenty years I ran, and lived a life of bitterness, blaming everyone. I moved across town or to another province to escape the realities of life. It never occurred to me to go directly to God about my painful situation.

Armed with an unhealthy sense of self worth, I entered into a common law relationship which resulted in abuse and the birth of my first child. In God’s matchless love, He rescued me from this and many other self-destructive situations I faced. But after my third child was born I ran again. But this time I had no specific place to call home.

I settled in Sparwood, BC and He arranged for all my needs to be met there. My children and I began  to attend church regularly, and God spoke to my heart for two years. He arranged for us to travel to Nelson, BC where I met a Godly woman who helped me tremendously. She showed me that the Bible is not an out of date book but rather one that holds the answers to all of life’s questions, and how I can daily experience true emotional and spiritual freedom! Gradually I began to grow in fellowship with the Lord.

He showed me through people how much He cares for me. I knew He wanted me to make a definite commitment to Him and by His gentle prodding I did so. Now I have deep hunger to understand Scripture and apply it to my life.

Upon returning to Winnipeg in 1996 I began attending a local Bible believing church where I now have the opportunity to continue to grow spiritually and to serve Him.

The Bible says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” I used to be an easy target for defeat. Now I can say “who shall be against me when God is for me?” I love my God, the One who loved me and who has chosen me to be one of His children! And I’m not running anymore.

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