#FEARLESS365 is a yearlong study of God’s commandment to us to live without fear. For 365 days, we will focus on one scripture and volunteers from all over the world will share their personal thoughts and what God has shared with them on the specific verse. For more info… go here.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.
I have literally written books, poems and blog posts about what Psalm 107:19 means in my life. I sought Him without realizing it years back, in a time when I was hopeless. I was walking in a lot of shame and despair. Despite the fact I wasn’t walking anywhere near Jesus, he was drawing near to me. In His perfect timing, he pulled me out from the miry clay and into The Father’s arms. My life changed for the better in about a week’s time and I have never regretted recommitting my life to Christ in 2009. Today, He continues to hear my cries and save me in times of trouble. He has been so very faithful as I have grown in my faith and trust in Him. In mid-2015, I entered into marriage with a man whom wanted me to believe he was pursuing God in a real way, but no man who loves the Lord, or his wife, would ever abuse her as he began to abuse me after we married. Within months, as things grew more difficult, his refusal to receive help in his own darkness moved me to seek God in the situation. The Lord had delivered me of the after affects of multiple forms of past abuse and with that knowledge, I simply couldn’t fathom what I sensed happening within me: I was reverting back to old fears and issues that had been wiped clean were resurrecting themselves. Oh, those familiar spirits were having a hey day! It seemed the more I prayed for the man I loved the further our relationship and his behaviour progressively went downhill. Despite how muddled my mind had become from so much deceit and manipulation, I began to recognize that this was not God’s will for my life. After much prayer, fasting, and wise counsel, God showed me through His Word, exactly that. He heard my cries amidst much trouble, then opened a door which allowed me in good faith, and without fear of Him being disappointed in me, to leave the marriage. Hence saving me (again) from the distress and spiritual affects of oppression. His saving grace, mercy and showing me how to truly forgive has been a witness to others in my life and to strangers who read my blog. This I would do over and over again for my Lord as it encourages me to never stop seeking His face and sharing the Lord’s great love for us, with the world.
Stacey Louiso is Serving the Lord by caring for his people, being used as a scribe (and editing other scribes) and utilizing as many gifts of the Spirit as He’ll allow me to receive. She lives in Ohio (USA). She was sent on a solo mission trip in the first week of 2017, to Gatlinburg, Tennessee (after the wildfires), through the ministry God has put on my heart (The Potter’s Clay Café).