In 2015 REST Ministries celebrated 25 years of ministry. As I have looked back, I have thought about some of things God has done in and through us over the past 25 years. The deepest impression on me is the stories of the women and men who have attended the workshops, seminars, and conferences, especially the Bridge to Restoration Workshop. Over the years, after attending the workshops and being discipled, a few have even helped with the ministry. I give all the praise to the Lord for His grace and faithfulness to us and the power of His Truth to set us free from the lies of the past and teach us how to live in the truth of who we are in Christ.
This is one woman’s testimony:
Isaiah 41:10 (ESV) Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Hebrews 4:9 (ESV) There remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own works, just as God did from His. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest.
“When the bottom fell out of my life, God was there for me. He took me in His loving arms and started the process of Restoration. REST Ministries was part of His Righteous Right Hand.
“When the walls of my heart came tumbling down, He picked up the broken pieces, entered my pain and gave me hope only He could give. REST Ministries was a part of that hope.
“When friends, family, and the church failed to be there for me, Jesus was my support. He was the Strong Arm to lean on. REST Ministries is part of the supportive body of Jesus Christ.
“When the fiery test of confusion invaded the corridors of my mind and heart, the Truth of God’s Word was a lamp unto my feet, a light to my path. Jesus, the Living Word within me, took me through the darkness of my tunnel vision experience. A brighter light awaited me as He walked with me through and away from the dark night of my soul. He brought me out to bring me into a greater awareness of His grace. As in other trials of my life, He proved again to be The Way, The Truth, and The Life. When I was helpless and hopeless to help myself, His grace proved sufficient to do for me what I could not do for myself. His Joy rose again within me, the greatest joy I have ever experienced.
Nehemiah 8:10 (NASB) … Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
“REST Ministries was part of the restoration process in my life. This arm of the church gave compassion, encouragement, support and truth. They held the light faithfully while God began the rest and restoration process to a life that once was bruised, and broken by the storms of life.
“I was like the disciples when they cried out to the Lord to save them from the stormy sea that threatened to drown them. Jesus stood up in my boat in the midst of my storm and spoke to the winds and the waves that threatened to destroy me. When He spoke, rest entered my life once again – the rest of my body, my soul, and my spirit. Jesus has taken me to the other side of the storm. Today I am able to once again walk in the confidence of the Lord. Praise God for what He is doing in my life. Though I am flawed and imperfect, His grace continues to carry me through life. When I see others struggling in some of the ways I have, I can once again testify to the faithfulness of the Lord. As Corrie Ten Boom once said, ‘There is no pit so deep that the love of God is not deeper still.’”
Isaiah 43:1-3 (TLB) But now the Lord who created you… says: Don’t be afraid, for I have ransomed you; I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up—the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, your Savior, the Holy One of Israel….
What a wonderful testimony of God’s amazing grace and restoration. If you have a story of God’s grace in your life, I hope you will share it with us.