Note: The following is the testimony of Daniel Anderson, a friend and brother in Christ. I pray that you read his story. God reached into his life, pulling him from a place of heartbreak and setting his feet on the path to renewal.
2 Corinthians 4:16
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day (NIV).
I was in a failing marriage. I had supported and enabled my spouse’s destructive behavior for several years. It finally got to a point where I couldn’t deal with it anymore. It had caused our house to go until pre-foreclosure. Our vehicle was also being repoed, other bills were behind, and she was being unfaithful on top of it. I realized this whole life I built for 14 years was just crumbling apart, and I was falling into this pit of despair. On December 16, 2018, I packed up a suitcase full of clothes and went to my parents. I was done. Over the next several months, I continued to try and work through things with her.
I wanted nothing more than to save the marriage and restore our life together. I also started praying. It was more like an open conversation at first. I was just talking to God to clear my head, looking to understand what I was going through. Every time, I would ask Him to allow me to make things work with my wife. She and I would talk, and things would start to turn around, but, only for a day. Then, things would be worse than the last time we spoke.
During all these attempts, I started having videos pop up randomly on my Facebook page that were from different churches. Every single video I watched felt like it was speaking directly to me and my situation. They really started to resonate within my heart, telling me that there was something I was missing.
After a couple of months, the realization hit me that God gave me exactly what I was asking for just so He could show me that it wasn’t for me. He had another path that I was supposed to be following. I then found myself seeking out more of these videos and starting to really dig into the scriptures they were using. It was like opening up a door that had been sealed forever to find your best friend standing on the other side, waiting to embrace you. I realized that even though I said I believed in God, I wasn’t living the life that He had intended for me. I was trying to control everything while not being receptive to His message.
I started following Elevation Church online and watching the sermons on Sundays. I started sharing these videos that spoke to me. I figured there were more people out there that needed to hear how awesome God can be. If I was comfortable sharing it and giving Him the praise and glory for what He was doing in my life, others may feel the same way and want to share as well. I just want to be a witness to the amazing things that God can do in our lives.
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