I found her a while ago, but I am only submitting my praise report now. I want to tell how it happened, and how the Lord is working in our lives. In the final week of the Course 1, we learn the principle of sowing hope in others life. At the time I could only sow hope online, so I searched for a Christian website, where people asked for prayers for all kinds of situations. In the beginning I was lead to encourage and pray for the ones who had a marriage crisis, or an already destroyed marriage, it was a daily activity, and I shared the HopeAtLast.com link and the prayer that the Ministry teach us by the end of the lesson, but after a time I started to pray my own prayer, always quoting the Scriptures that I learned during my journey.
For days, weeks and even months, I didn´t have any answers to my encouragement, and I even didn’t know if people were looking to what I send them. I was feeling so crushed, because I wanted to help others, and I was feeling so discouraged because my situation at home was very bad. I was still so hurt. I spent four months of my journey alone, now I know that our HH was with me, but at the time I didn´t have anyone to talk with. That’s how the Lord taught me to control my tongue and to depend and rely only on Him.
So I left the website during some days because of a lack of answers. I have a very darling Christian friend, who didn´t know much about my situation but tried to encourage me with beautiful testimonies about her life and intimacy with the Lord, and she told me not to give up of sowing hope because people were not responding, but to do my part, and leave the rest in the hands of the Lord. So I went back, to the website.
One day after a very difficult trial, and crisis, the Lord lead me to the website, and there was a woman asking for help. The thing that got my attention, different from the other times that I encouraged someone, was that her background and situation was very similar to mine. So again I sent a prayer, shared Scriptures, and also shared my email, and told her that I could help her if she was interested. For the first time, I finally had an answer! I shared with her the hope that I found through the Ministry, theHopeAtLast.com web page, and also sent all the books that I had. She was happy that she could talk with someone that believed in the restoration, and immediately began her courses and started her journey.
We talked some days, to share hope and some scriptures but I left her alone until she finished the C1, which is when I was passing through my divorce, and the Lord used her life to encourage me! We learned never to ask anything to each another, we only share what our HH is doing, how He is molding and changing us. We have a beautiful friendship, but we never forget who is the priority and the first one in our lives.
Because we live in different countries and I am six hours ahead of her, communication is not always possible, but that’s best. We are in constant prayer and we also fast together, the Lord always leads us to the same purpose for fasting, we like to share Scriptures, different Bible translations, testimonies, and we talk about the praise reports that you women send to encourage us.
We also share the romantic moments that we have with our HH. And it is amazing to see the Lord working in our lives, and responding to our prayers, and He is always teaching us to look at His point of view and not our circumstances.
Dear brides, I want to encourage you to never give up of sowing hope into women’s lives because the Lord will give you an ePartner at the right moment. Maybe you are feeling lonely, but never forget that you have the most important person by your side. He is the one that has all the answers, the One that can comfort you and know what will happen in the future, and loves you very much.
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 NIV
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. ” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
Dear brides, we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him. Trust Him, He knows how you are feeling, He is in control of all things, He wants to teach you, to transform you, and He knows the right time to bless you.
~ Sara in Turkey
Please be sure to reread HopeAtLast.com to refresh yourself with encouragement to use on prayer sites, and also the simple steps to find these sites on Sowing Hope.
Do you want to PRAISE Him for how He’s brought you your ePartner to encourage and who will encourage you? Aren’t you thankful that Sara took the time to share her PRAISE with you an Encouraging Woman?
Remember, Matthew 7:13-14 tells us to “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.”
And Psalm 100:4 tells us HOW to Enter— “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.”
Be sure to submit a Praise Report today and enter through that narrow gate few ever find!