Words of Hope and Faith for the Weary

God Heals Depression

Today I would like to share an uplifting story from the Andrew Wommack Ministries showing other great miracles that God is performing. Too many wonderful blessing I love to share with you, but I would like to share the testimonies of others as well.

16′ But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.” Mat 18:16

Carol Odenwal, suffering from depression felt the pull of god upon her life again, and now she no longer lets the terrible disease take its toll on her life. Here is here is a section of her story  I hope that it uplifts your heart as well as it did mine.

l- Matters of the Heart –

Carol Oldenwald Girl
Carol Odenwald, a bright-eyed little girl.

Is there a depth of darkness from which even Jesus’ arms can’t rescue someone?

What if a child, age 13, gives away her virginity and becomes pregnant at the same time? What if at the same age she begins using intravenous drugs, becomes a junkie, an alcoholic, and an addict? Can Jesus’ arms still reach? What if as she grows up she runs the roads, sings and entertains in bars? What if she sleeps with more men than she can remember, or sleeps with women, or sleeps with multiple people at once? What if, as a result of her lifestyle she becomes, at least in the eyes of Christians, a murderer, using multiple abortions as birth control; can God still reach her?

Meet Carol Odenwald, the woman who lived that nightmare. At the age of five, Carol suffered a traumatic wound when her father, a Southern Baptist preacher, committed suicide. The event left Carol scarred.

Carol stated, “I closed off my heart toward God.”

Carol Oldenwald Guitar
Carol played guitar at her high
school graduation; she would
later sell the guitar for drugs.

Carol describes the image behind which

she hid, during her adolescence and early adulthood, as being a self-created facade. Struggling with feelings of rejection, Carol began to build her party-girl image, doing anything to be accepted.

Carol says of her thin disguise, “I learned to smoke, drink and do all of those kinds of things. And the kicker is, I did them all as a Christian.”

Carol remembers accepting the Lord at the age of eight.

“I know I would have gone to heaven had I died in my sin, but I didn’t know there was relationship to be had. I had no idea about intimacy. I had no idea you could have anything more than turn or burn,” she said.

In January of 1997 Carol experienced a life-changing moment of clarity. As she stared at herself in the mirror, she came face-to-face with the devil. In that moment she saw clearly what she had become, and that her lifestyle was killing her.

Carol chose to stop running from God, and rededicated her life to Him. She returned to church and turned her musical talents toward worshiping the Lord. She joined the band at her new church, and within a year became the worship leader. She continued to find favor within the church and was ordained as a minister. It was also during this time that Carol met the man she would later marry.

Carol’s story is one for all of us to consider, there is no place that we can fall low enough that Jesus will not come down to lift you up.

 

 

 

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