I would like to share a testimony of what God has done in my family and also in my own life. This is a testimony of God’s beautiful restoration, His redemption and the power of forgiveness. This is also a story of God revealing His Father’s heart to me as He brought such a deep healing and restoration to my life where I had experienced a lot of brokenness. It is my prayer that as you read this testimony of what God did in my life and also in my family that you would truly know there is hope in Christ and nothing is impossible with Him.
I believe families are truly a gift from God. I always loved those times God gave me with my family when we celebrated holidays, went on vacations or just simply ate meals together. During the 10 years I lived overseas I missed my family a lot but I am very thankful that we were always able to stay in touch. It was a real blessing to me over the years of how my parents had encouraged me and they were there for me. It meant a lot to me when my parents visited me in Romania in 2009 and then my brother Jonathan came with them in 2012. This was definitely one of my highlights when I lived in Romania!
I am very thankful I was raised by my parents who taught me the value of the importance to have faith in Christ. When I was 14 years old I made a serious commitment to know Christ. Throughout my life I struggled with a very low self-esteem of myself. I knew in my mind God loved me but I didn’t know it deep down in my heart. In the fall of 2012, I believe God gave me a huge breakthrough in my relationship with Him. It was on my graduation day when I went to a mission’s school in Mozambique. I will never forget how God spoke to me so clearly and told me that I am not an orphan but I am His daughter and His beloved child.
It was so life changing to me on that day of how God gave me an encounter with Him. I can honestly say it was the first time for me to hear God to speak the word daughter to me and revealing Himself to me as my Abba Father. God began to take me on this new journey to discover more of His Father’s heart and to learn daily to walk knowing I am His daughter. I began to see myself differently especially to start to truly see my identity of who I am in Christ as His daughter.
Throughout the years I lived in Romania I took short trips to Canada to visit my family and to reconnect with people at home. In March 2013, I flew back to Canada for a few months but I never ever thought it would turn out the way it did. For the first time in my life I experienced feelings of rejection and abandonment from my Dad. It was a very painful time for me. I will never forget though one evening when I cried before God with tears streaming down my face and asking God why is this all happening. It was at that time God had spoken to me and reminded me that He is my Heavenly Father, He has not left me and He will never leave or forsake me.
It was extremely difficult for me to return to Romania in May 2013, when just a couple of days before my flight my Dad had made the decision to leave my Mom. During the next 4 ½ years, I had a lot of struggles in my heart of my family being split apart and not knowing what the future will hold. During this time I learned to give my pain and heartache to God, to ask Him for His help as I prayed and called out to Him for His healing and restoration to bring us back together again.
During this period in my life God continued to reveal to me, His deep compassionate Father’s heart. It’s overwhelming for me to think now how truly amazing our Heavenly Father is especially during this time in my life how He walked with me and how He was so close to me like a Dad. God taught me so much about His love, His healing presence in my life of how He is always beckoning me to go to Him and just to be with Him. I learned to relate to God more as my Heavenly Father which was so very freeing to me, to truly know that I am adopted as His daughter.
I am so very grateful God also, took me on a journey of what it truly means to forgive like I haven’t ever really experienced before. I will never forget when I did a leadership training school at the YWAM LA base in the fall of 2016, God spoke to me so clearly during one of my classes that I needed to forgive my Dad. It was at that moment I knew I needed to release forgiveness to my Dad and as I prayed out loud a prayer of forgiveness with tears streaming down my face and released my Dad to the Lord I felt something lift off of me.
I believe in my heart as God led me in this journey of forgiveness to my Dad, the Lord began a healing and a restoration in my relationship with him. This didn’t happen all at once but it was like over a period of time I saw how God unfolded such beautiful restoration beyond what I can put into words. I saw how God not only restored my relationship with my Dad but also a restoration took place with the whole family.
I am incredibly thankful for the power of forgiveness and the restoration God not only did in my own heart but also in my family. I believe I learned through this journey of learning to walk in forgiveness and in a deeper level of love that God breathed so much hope and life from so much brokenness. God gave us renewed hope of restoration taking place for us to be reunited again as a family.
What a joyful moment it when my Dad proposed again to my Mom on October 6, 2018 and then on Saturday December 15th when my parents got married again! The wedding ceremony was just beautiful beyond what I could possibly put into words. My brother Jonathan walked my Mom down the aisle as my Mom was beautifully dressed in her original wedding gown. My brother and I gave our Mom to our Dad. We took communion together as a family. A friend of ours prayed over us as a family. Tears of joy kept streaming down my face as God just overwhelmed us with His glorious presence.
My heart is filled with so much gratitude beyond what I could possibly put into words of all the people who came to the wedding to celebrate with us. I am so very grateful for everyone who wrote words of blessing that was filled with so much love in a blessing book that God put on my heart to give to my parents. I am also very thankful for everyone who prayed for my family.
I rejoice of how God has beautifully reunited my parents again. I truly believe God will use my parents’ testimony to bring so much hope and healing to people. I am also very excited for this new beginning God has given to us as a family as well. God has truly restored our hope, our joy and unity as a family again! This is an amazing miracle God has done! We have such a good, good Father in Heaven.