My friend Anita is a beautiful and godly woman. She and her husband are leaders in their church. They love the Lord Jesus and are quick to obey Him when it comes to serving others. Anita is a singer and leads worship in convalescent homes and prays with the patients there.
Years before I met Anita, she was a different person. She tells me she was a singer in clubs in Las Vegas. She was also a prostitute there, registered with the police department. She was addicted to sex. She was an alcoholic and a heroin addict. She had several husbands. Every man she married she fell madly in love with, but none of those marriages lasted two years. She even claims she was a lesbian for several years!
Then she hit bottom, turned to Jesus and He saved her. He delivered her from her addictions and cleaned up her life. She later asked God to send her a godly man who would be good for her. She met Mike, but she did not fall madly in love with Mike. Yet, he was a godly man and she believed he was God’s answer to her prayer. She then made a decision that she would “love Mike as unto the Lord.” Despite her former lifestyle, she claims they maintained a God-honoring courtship, having no sexual contact until after marriage.
Even though God has forgiven Anita for her past sins and has dramatically changed her life, she is now paying the consequences for the life she once lived.
- She has never been able to become pregnant because of sexually transmitted diseases, some she didn’t even know she had.
- One of the diseases she contracted was Herpes. Herpes is painful and there is no cure. Now her husband has it.
- She sometimes has nightmares about her past.
- Anita refuses to eat in a restaurant that has a bar. If they attend a party where wine is served, she and Mike will leave. She takes extreme measures to avoid temptation because she has to.
They have now been married for 22 years and she maintains that marrying Mike was the second best decision of her life. The first was coming to Jesus.
Anita shares her story openly because it’s a story of hope. If God can change her, He can change anyone!
- Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
- SONG: THESE INWARD TRIALS – Words by John Newton, circa 1779; Updated and arranged by Kathleen; Music by Kathleen