Lorena Brown’s Testimony

Loerena Brown

My testimony begins at 22 years old during January of 1998 in Minnesota. I was a wife, the mother of an amazing little girl, and a meth addict.  I had been high for the majority of the previous six months.  The turning point in my return to the Lord came at the lowest point of my life. I was digging a hole in the frozen ground of Minnesota with a slotted spoon behind my trailer on a very cold January night to bury my miscarried child.  I hadn’t even realized I had been pregnant for the last three months. That same January night I quit meth cold turkey and asked the Lord back into my life.  By the grace and goodness of God I never experienced any withdrawal symptoms and never used meth again! That night was the first real step toward the Lord in my adult life.  Even though the grace and love of God changed my heart toward him that night my situation didn’t immediately change. 

The next year was a battle because even though the Lord had begun to work in my life, the relationship with my husband had become increasingly abusive for both of us. Most nights I prayed Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” over and over again while crying myself to sleep. I had learned the verse when in Sunday school. Though the word was from a very young age, the Lord does not forget promises made to Him, even by a five year olds heart. This prayer was the start of the Lord’s redemptive work in my life. I got pregnant again and gave birth to a wonderful little boy at the end of November 1998.  In January 1999 the kids and I took an opportunity to leave this unbearable situation and move to Washington with my parents. My husband at the time stayed in Minnesota. 

We had been in Washington about a year when my mother found Christ the Rock Fellowship (CTRF) and started dragging me there every Sunday. Every Sunday I would go up for prayer and the Lord would meet me in new and amazing ways. Even though the Lord was working mightily in my life I didn’t trust God’s people. I grew up in a church where I had been very hurt by many people who had claimed to be Christians but never exhibited what I thought was real Christianity. My hurt and mistrust of the church initially made me resistant to the love of my fellow Christian believers at CTRF. I was a brat, but the people were persistent, kind, and they loved me any way.  I started to get involved, and the Lord was changing me, although not often in the order I would have liked.

I have been at CTRF for 13 years and am still a work in progress. The most important thing in my life is my relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.   In these 13 years I have also gained friends that love me.  My children have grown up in the church and are amazing. I was a single mom for the first five long years, and then God brought me my awesome new husband Chris. Now we are all growing up in the family of God, and there is room for you here, also. We would love to have you with us. It doesn’t matter what stage you are at in your walk with the Lord.  Come and join us in loving the Lord and each other.

Lorena Brown

 

 

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