♕Today's Promise: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.“ Matthew 7:13-14
Yelena, how did your Restoration Journey actually begin?
I was alone, sad, abandoned, anguished and in despair without knowing what to do. Everything I did made things worse, I prayed to God and felt that He did not listen to me that He was far from me, now knowing the truth I know why. I just wanted to cry and cry being alone in my room away from everyone.
How did God change your situation, Yelena, as you sought Him wholeheartedly?
When I searched for God with all my heart, much stronger tests came and everything around me became dark and hopeless but I know that everything was working for the good, my faith was being tested. After the tests always came blessings. Only in His presence could I find peace for my soul, His word revived me every day and I longed to be close to Him more and more.
What principles, from God's Word (or through our resources), did the Lord teach you during this trial, Yelena?
The first and most important principle for me was to find and absolutely depend on my HH (Heavenly Husband), to stop idolizing, to not be a contentious woman but to be a woman with a soft and quiet spirit who is precious in the eyes of God, to leave my sin because God is a God of order. Surrender my fears, my fears and my insecurities that came to my mind over and over again in front of His presence He always strengthened me.
What were the most difficult times that God helped you through, Yelena?
There were several difficult moments in this process, seeing the father of my daughter so happy in his new life caused me pain. Not knowing that the situation was the opposite, being alone with my daughter in an empty house caused me anguish but there was my beloved King helping me comforting me and taking care of me. Overcoming all my fears, my insecurities and my fears at the hand of him were difficult moments but at the same time edifying
Yelena, what was the “turning point” of your restoration?
When I completely let go of Fabian, I thought we would never be together again, let alone get married, now it depended only on Him my HH (Heavenly Husband) as my provider, my caregiver, my partner, my boyfriend, my husband, my supporter, my counselor, my everything, the Lord had become the most important in my life. I spoke about everything with Him. I liked being in His presence giving Him the desires I had and the needs, always thanking Him for everything He did for me and for my daughter.
Tell us HOW it happened, Yelena? Did Fabian just walk in the front door? Yelena, did you suspect or could you tell you were close to being restored?
My daughter's father began to come home regularly, but I know that now my heart was wrapped in the love of the Lord and I no longer needed anything or anyone to be content, happy and at peace. One day he came to me and cried, told me many things that had happened and said he felt alone and regretful and longed to be with us again and asked God to get his family back. All honor and glory to God Almighty King of all the Earth.
Well, at the moment when my HH became everything to me and I depended absolutely on Him for everything, I did not plan to have a wedding, much less a restored family, but God is good and His mercy forever and today I am at home with my husband and my daughter. Waiting on the Lord and seeing how He moves in us. For what He began in us He will perfect until the day in Christ Jesus.
Would you recommend any of our resources in particular that helped you, Yelena?
The RMI page was and is very helpful, the book How God Can and Will Restore Your Marriage, the online courses fill out the lesson forms, the Wise Woman book. The course Finding Life Abundant, read the Daily Encourager. Reading the psalms and large doses of His word was so powerful for my despondent soul, and I thank God for having shown me the truth, that truth that makes you free. I ask God to continue blessing Erin, all the ministers, the entire Ministry, because they are very helpful for us. Highly recommended.
Would you be interested in helping encourage other women, Yelena?
Yes of course I would like to help women in despair
Either way, Yelena, what kind of encouragement would you like to leave women with, in conclusion?
Choose to enter the narrow path, the path that leads us to salvation, to blessing, to eternal life. Our beloved Lord is waiting for each one of you and longs to become everything for you, so that you will never be hurt again, so that you feel His love, His power. He wants to restore you first and everything else will come in addition. God is a God of love. Don't worry anymore, look for His presence. Fill yourself with Him.