Peggy is a 51 year old divorce mom with two adult children that are married, and have three beautiful grandchildren. The hardest transition she has experienced was from being divorce and becoming single again. She went quickly from a family living off 85 to 90 thousand dollars a year to living off a poverty level salary. She reports that she made many mistakes during her transition. She was not attending church, was bitter, negative, and heading down a road to destruction. But then she foundHOPE!
What was the most difficult part of your transition?
The change in our financial status and never having enough money to pay everyone.
What do you think was most helpful for you to move into the hope and peace you were needing?
I needed to seek God’s forgiveness for my sins against a holy God. My sister got me to go to church and the Pastor’s message was just what I needed to hear. I found myself crying out to God for grace, mercy, an forgiveness for how I had lived my life and asked him to restore me and teach me how to be content with my circumstances
I found that even though my husband did not love me, God loved me more than anything. That was the turning point for restoration in my life. That was the restoration in my life. I turned from the sinful life I was living and became content with being a single mom.
I still struggled financially, but recently after taking Financial Peace University I have learned that everything I have belongs to the Lord. I went into this class thinking things were hopeless that I would never see light at the end of the tunnel but walking away knowing that it is a process and there are certain things I need to have in place in order to be successful. I am working toward my $1,000.00 emergency fund, and then I will work on my debt snowball and once I get that knocked out I will go into the next phase moving toward financial success.
Was there a special verse that the Lord used to encourage you during this time?
I think of 2 Corinthians 4:16 and Psalms 138:3 as verses that encouraged me and gave me strength during this time.
2Corinthians 4:16 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. “
Psalm 138:3 “In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.”
How did your faith grow from this transition time in your life?
I learned that even though my marriage may not have turned out as I had hoped for, that mortal men are going to let me down, but God always has my best interest at heart. No one can ever love me or care for me as Jesus did. The ultimate sacrifice was done at Calvary when Jesus laid his life down on the Old rugged cross for a sinner such as I.
What would you like someone in the middle of a similar transition to know?