a peace she had never experienced

03.04.2016

Destiny MartinGuest writing today on the Cross Church School of Ministry blog is Destiny Martin. Destiny is from Norman, Oklahoma, and she is on the Cross Church School of Ministry’s Women’s Ministry track.

In my previous post, I mentioned my mother living a homosexual lifestyle. I want to revisit that by telling a little bit of her story.

My mother first experienced temptation in this regard when she was being bullied in high school. She was constantly being accused of liking girls until those accusations became too much to ignore, and she eventually believed them. She married my father some years later, yet was still taunted by the things people at her school had said about her and the lies of the enemy. It wasn’t long into her marriage that she began to have relations with another married woman in the church she attended. She had believed in God since a pretty early age. She grew up in the church and in the home of  two very conservative parents. But the Bible tells us in James 2:19, “…even the demons believe and they shudder.” Her belief in God did not make her a child of God.

She and my father were married for nine years before this became known and ended their marriage in divorce. She had been in a relationship with a woman I knew to be my aunt for five years. After that relationship ended, she found her life was falling apart.

She had lost her house, her job, her relationship, and had at best a rocky relationship with her parents and children. She was diagnosed with breast cancer several years later and her diagnosis took a pretty violent turn as she had to have a double mastectomy.

One day when she had no hope, she found herself crying out to God because she had no other choice. She had no one to turn to, no one to comfort her, and no way to make sense of the hardships she had faced. God became her only hope. And it was then that she found God was enough. He radically changed her life that day. She was completely healed from her cancer, and she felt a peace she had never experienced in her previous 40+ years of life.

Soon after this, she got involved in church, began reading her Bible, praying, and ultimately pursuing the One who saved and changed her. Her and my father are now remarried.

All of this to say that nobody is too far gone for the love of our Savior to redeem them. God is still in the business of making us a new creation and restoring us to Himself. My mother being a prime example.

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