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HeARTsReach International Ministries (HIM): Reaching Hearts through the ARTS!
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New painting...long testimony...
In early January, I went to Bethel for the premier of Heidi and Rolland Baker's documentary "Compelled By Love." Part of me was afraid to go, because I have a weight problem. Beni Johnson, one of the Senior pastors there is so fit and into health, I imagined everyone there was in shape and I would stick out like a sore thumb. It has been such a source of shame in my life for 25 years. When I got pregnant and was not married, I gained so much weight, even though that was also when I got saved. 

So many things just fell away, drinking, drugs, other sins became unattractive, and I had no problem letting them go, but it seemed I began to use food as a comfort. I tried over the years to get it off of me, and could lose some, but then I would just gain it back again. So I decided, while I was at Bethel, I would go to their healing rooms and ask them to pray for this weight issue. I asked them to pray that God would show me the roots...or heal me...whatever, I just wanted to be free. When they prayed, I knew God had done something, because I was touched in the spirit as they prayed and I wept. I also felt something release and leave me.

After I got home, nothing much changed, I was still eating emotionally and compulsively. So one day I was crying in the shower, praying and I was saying to my body. "I am sorry I have not loved you. I am sorry I have abused you. I am sorry I let men abuse you. Please forgive me for not loving you." When I got done praying, I heard the Lord say, "Contact Beni Johnson, she has keys for you." I argued with the Lord and said, "What? I am just some random woman that lives on the east coast, she is a very busy woman, and she doesn't even know me. I do not want to bother her." So I just let it go.

Later that day, Beni posts her status on Facebook, and it comes across my newsfeed. It was like she had written it just to me. "You need to look in the mirror and say, "Love wins here!" Stop abusing yourself, you are a work of art." I was undone, and I took that as my confirmation that I had heard God correctly, and I WAS supposed to contact her, so with much fear and with many tears, I wrote to her. I poured out my heart. It was gut wrenching and painful, but, I was telling her my story.

She wrote me back! She said I was "spot on." She suggested a book for me and encouraged me to just take baby steps. She said that my weight was probably trauma weight. I thought, yes, maybe from being pregnant and not married, I could see that. The book elaborated on it and said it is usually rooted in fear.

I couple of days later, I met a naturopathic Dr...he had a huge store full of natural health items, and spent some time talking with me about my weight issue, then later that night, I got food poisoning. I suddenly became very aware of my stomach. I was so sick and I could feel the poison all through my body, and God began to show me, in many ways, I had been poisoning myself with food. So, after that my food choices began to change a little. 

Then about one month later, I went to be with Him on a Monday morning, and He said...and this is scary to say, because what if I am wrong? What if I didn't hear Him and I am just wanting something so badly I am making it up?
...but He said it was my "appointed time to be set free" from my weight issues. He said...He had heard my cries...and "there is an appointed time in ME for liberty" and "TODAY" was my day. I wish I could say I jumped up down and praised Him, but I did not, I just listened and tried to hope. 

So, He kept asking me if I believed Him. He said He could do what no man could do, not even me. He said I had to believe He had set me free. It required faith. And it would take me 6 months. While He was speaking to me, He also showed me a butterfly in a chrysalis. He was saying...that there is an appointed time for the butterfly to come out of the chrysalis...and I too was about to get my wings. He has always used the monarch to encourage me that one day I WOULD be free from my weight issues. I used to have a weight loss blog called "Becoming a Butterfly" and when I ran my first 5k, I iron-transferred a pink Monarch onto the back of a t-shirt to encourage myself. He also reminded me how I could not paint until He came and asked me to do it, even though I already had everything I needed to be able to, I still could not, but once He had painted with me, then there was no stopping me. He said, it will be like that, it will be miraculous. He said when people asked me how I did it, He said, "just tell them I set you free one morning."

So, the next day, a spiritual mom wrote me and asked for my address...she said God had told her to send me something. I gave it to her and then I asked her,"I think God did something big for me, can I share it with you?" When I finished, she started laughing...she said, "THAT WAS GOD!!! Wait till you see. He dealt with me so strongly about sending this to you. It will confirm what He said to you." She was amazed and I was curious. She also asked if the number 6 mean anything, and later I remembered God had said it will take me 6 months to get the weight completely off!

I got the present a couple days later, and in it were 6 butterflies made of feathers, with glitter on their wings. There was no denying what God had said to me then.  Maybe I could hope, after all.

A couple of months ago, I was invited to paint at this women's conf, so I had been seeking Him about what to paint. Then hit me, I know what I will paint, I have to paint what He has told me He has done for me. So, I went to look and see if it will work for the conference, and I discovered the conference is called "LIVE FREE!!!!" 

THEN I had a huge revelation. I realized something, the conference was to be in the same city where I lived and was abused by a man sexually, mentally and verbally before I was saved. He cheated on me with everyone, and called me fat all the time, even though I had a beautiful healthy body. He was truly sadistic and cruel towards me, and sadly, because I had no self esteem and was desperate to be loved, I just took it, and stayed with him. It seemed I would put up with anything to be loved.

It was right after I left him when I got pregnant, got saved, and gained all the weight. I realized...THAT was the REAL trauma, not the pregnancy. That man had cursed me, BUT God told me I had been set free from it!
Wow...so then I realized, THIS TRULY IS AN APPOINTED TIME! 
God is sending me back to that VERY same city where I was put under bondage, 
to paint at a women's conference...
AND I am going to paint myself getting FREE!!!!!!!!!!!! 
Hallelujah!!!! 

these are the scriptures He led me to...
For the vision is yet for the appointed time, and it hurries toward the end, and won't prove false. Though it takes time, wait for it; because it will surely come. It won't delay.
Hab 2:3

For everything there is 
an appointed time, 
and an appropriate time 
for every activity on earth...
Ecclesiastes 3:1

God has made everything beautiful in its (appointed) time. 
Ecclesiates 3:11

He gave me some very simple baby steps...so I am starting...He said it will be different this time. People will be amazed, the weight will just fall off...sure enough, the weight has started coming off quickly and I have not even put all the steps into place yet...but I am working towards them!
I am excited, but almost afraid to hope...with all that has happened, it surely seems like Him, how He led me to Beni, my spiritual mom's gifts, being asked to come to the VERY same city, where satan cursed me through this man, and the conf being called LIVE FREE!!!!

Once I got to the church there were more confirmations. The pastor's wife got up and shared her testimony and she had been through abuse as I had. Even more severely than me. I found out from one of her spiritual daughters that she loved butterflies. I didn't know that, but what a joy to find out!

The last speaker at the conference came over after I shared about the painting with everyone and she prophesied to me...it was so beautiful and encouraging... She said I will be completely free and I will look like the woman in the painting! 

So much of the conference was about becoming a new woman and even the mention of coming out of the cocoon...

I hope when people see this painting, they'll be encouraged to shed the old and become a new Creation in Him!

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