WOW! Yes, a young womans purpose is revealed and Jesus is at work! She is moving Straight Ahead and Taking Back Her Life! Gotta Love it!
Ok, so sit back, this may be a long-winded story. I will try to trim it but i make no promises :-))!
We, Patricia and i are so dang excited we just cannot stand it! :-))!
I have written about this lady before on here. She is a young black woman, approx 24 years of age with a difficult history shall we say. Difficult for her that is. She grew up fast, way too fast. When she explains her past, you would think she was 45 as she always states she has been doing this or that “for many years”. She is 24 and was tossed out at 18, began her deep decent withdrawing within herself in order to shelter herself from the pain and anguish which was her life as a child.
We were referred to her by Tomlinson Adult Learning Center here in St. Petersburg, FL. in February of this year 2011.
She was being “terminated” from a local multi-million dollar Domestic Violence program. She had gone there due to an assault on her in roughly August 2010.
She was tough yet innocent. Damaged, fragile, yet strong deep inside, we could see it.
When we picked her up from the back alley of the facility she was being asked to leave in February, she was scared. Real scared, as i would be too and actually was for her because i had no idea what we were going to do for her or where we would bring her. I scrambled big time for approx 5 hours before Patricia and i were to pick her up. Our first try is always to attempt to place someone with a family member, even if they say “ohhhhh there is just no way because they hate me” etc etc. Usually when we speak to the family member and let them see that someone else is helping and has the Friend In Needs back, it helps to calm the situation. We spend TIME, lots and lots of time and traveling all over the place to help our Friends In Need accomplish what they are needing to do. To Take Back Their Life.
So, this young lady was scrambling in her head also. She also was not sure what or where she would end up. Above all, we did not want her to become “street homeless”, which the “program” she was being asked to leave was prepared to let her do. We ended up placing her in a motel for the night to give her a chance to calm down a bit and to give me a chance to think.
The next morning we took her to her sisters in Tampa. She agreed to let her stay. It was difficult and trying. But she stuck it out.
We spoke extensively. She did not like what i had to say, BUT, she listened, she responded, and she did what i told her to do. She tried. She stuck her neck out one more time.
Now please keep in mind, this young lady was no innocent angel, of course neither am i.
She was to move to another part of Florida to go live in a possibly very stressful environment with someone she feared. It would again keep her from being “street homeless”. I drove to Tampa, over 25 miles one way and we spoke in length of the pros and cons of this move. I wondered and wanted to know why she was going to go. I did not agree with it. I did not like the idea. The exact reason i do not feel i can share here. However, bottom line is i was concerned. So, as i do many, pretty much every time i am speaking to our Friends In Need, i had a conversation with Jesus as the young lady and i also spoke. I asked Jesus to direct me more specifically and to give me a “feel” as He always does for this specific situation.
What happened was i went from not liking the idea of the young lady moving away to be with this relative who had done damage to her as a child and young adult to giving her ideas and tools on how to approach it and handle the situations she could find herself in. Some of it was not easy to say to her and she pushed back on me. She was upset with some of my thoughts and one in particular, but she knew why i had to say it to her. She listened, she tried, she got mad……..and then she did what i told her to do. WOW!
Yes, there are a number of parts of this story missing and there always will be as they are much too private and sensitive in nature. BUT, i believe you have enough to go on. Besides, this is not entertainment. This is reality, this is Life as we know it. SO, i will skip to the present…………………….>>>>>>>>>
This young black lady is succeeding! BIG TIME!
She was able to listen, see her strengths, and keep on a path Straight Ahead to Taking Back Her Life.
She, has found her Purpose! Jesus was at work in her and still is!
1) She now is helping in the office of her local Mission. VICTORY!
2) She was instrumental in bringing a lady to Jesus at her church and to her salvation. VICTORY!
3) She is now been trying to help a family of 7 who has been living in a van. SHE, is now trying to help others instead of letting satan keep her trapped! VICTORY! BIG TIME!
4) Her calls and emails are now filled with positives and clarity. I am in awe once again.
5) She actually called and asked how WE were doing? She is putting us in touch with HER Pastor. She is thinking of us and what she can do to help us further our cause. She now has the ability to focus on other things, rather than just her pain. Rather than what satan would like to see her focus on. WOW! VICTORY!
6) She now has Her PURPOSE! Yes, another VICTORY!
7) She is now Taking back Her Life! Massive VICTORY!!
I cannot begin to describe our feelings of awe. In Jesus and in this young lady. Once again, Jesus came through for us. Once again Jesus showed a young lady, a Friend In Need who He was and how He would help!
Recently, we received a donation from a large corporation of computers. We are considering, driving 80 miles to deliver one of the laptops to her so she may further her forward motion and journey to Taking Back Her Life. If you would like to help us with fuel costs please Donate below.
What more can i say. Oh yeah………
Gotta Love It! :-))!
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