My Journey of Faith
Our dear intercessor from California, Lorraine Woodhouse, has been on a journey of faith the last couple of years trusting God to help her write a book. The title of her book, My Journey of Faith, is truly how she has lived her life for decades. We at the CKI office asked her to tell us the process she has walked through as she was obedient to God’s call. These are her words:
My Journey of Faith
I wrote this book at the urging of many friends with whom I shared some experiences and disciplines from the Lord and because of my stand for my marriage. My friends wanted me to share what God has done in my life. I had no idea how to write a book so that was an impossible task. Their suggestion of a book bothered me so I just put it out of my mind.
I am certain many friends were praying because the Holy Spirit took over. He began His work by leading me and bringing discipline into my life. When I got into bed each night all I could think about were all the things God was doing. The Holy Spirit was directing me, teaching me and testing my obedience to Him.
The Holy Spirit wanted my relationship to Him to grow specifically in the area of faith. Nightly, as I got into bed the Holy Spirit wanted to talk to me about faith. This frustrated me. Finally I asked the Lord why this always happens at night when I wanted to sleep. His answer was, “Because during the day you are involved with all your activities and you don’t hear Me.” It was then I remembered the book. I did not know how to accomplish writing a book.
At this point I was asked to give my testimony at a CK conference. I talked with Geri at the CKI office and she helped me with my testimony. As I remembered all that God had done in my life – how He taught me obedience, and how my faith had grown through the years – I knew that the Lord was leading me towards the book. The Lord asked, “Do you want others to know about all that I did for you in your life and your marriage or do you want to keep it a secret?” He sort of nailed me there.
So I began to pray for help. I had no idea how to accomplish the task set before me, but I knew the Lord would show me exactly what to do.
I met Maria at church and she said she would help me. So we began. It was a real challenge. I wasn’t sure this could ever be accomplished but we prayed each time we got together and trusted completely on the Lord’s guidance and leading.
This truly was an inspiration that involved perspiration. BUT GOD! Of course the enemy was always sticking around to discourage but the Lord was always there to block his attempts to stop the project.
I am believing the book will be out soon. My hope and prayer is that this book will encourage others to trust God to direct their life when they are surrendered to Him, to trust Him to change their life and marriage. He is an awesome and compassionate God.
I had many people that God brought into my life. He used these people to get His message to me when I didn’t hear Him for myself. We can’t afford a pity party.
Covenant Keepers Inc. was the ministry that helped me to be strong in my stand for my marriage. God enhanced my faith in Him through this ministry. Also Maria and Dominique were instrumental in the editing of my book.
2 Corinthians 9:8 was a scripture that I memorized and quoted each day as I went to work and in my stand because I needed His help. It says, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” (ESV) The question, “What do you need?” continued to come into my spirit. I proceeded to tell God that I needed His love operating in me, His wisdom, courage, boldness, compassion, tenderness, understanding and His patience. I was void of all of these in my job and in my stand. His promise was that I may have an abundance in every good deed. I believe that this was His Word for success, revealed in The Book. In my bible beside this scripture I put two letters in red TP – Tried & Proved.
I would like to remind you that God found Gideon in a hole. He found Joseph in a prison. He found Daniel in a lion’s den. And He found Lorraine in a marriage breakup. He has a curious habit of showing up in the midst of trouble, not in the absence of trouble. Where the world sees failure, God sees future. Next time you feel unqualified to be used by God remember this, He tends to recruit from the pit, not the pedestal.