By Roxanne Morales
Member of City Wide Church
Before I started Purity + Peace with Victoria, I was struggling with confusion, discouragement, loneliness, hurt and anxiety within my life.
LOOKING FOR LOVE
I was loved by my family, but was longing for a romantic love like the Hollywood movies. Being a late bloomer, I didn’t start dating until I was 27 years old. I wanted to wait for “the one” but those around me told me I was foolish. They constantly made fun of me, making me feel less-of-value because I had never been in a romantic relationship. I was surrounded by people who believed in Jesus but didn’t follow Him because they believed the Bible was for the past and not for present time. With this influence, I fed into what the world called “right” or “normal,” which left me feeling empty, hurt and damaged. I could not handle this new brokenness that left me in a dark place, but God didn’t let me go and I began seeking some type of hope.
TAKING A RISK
When I met Victoria, I had just renewed my relationship with God at an event called “10 Days of Prayer” in Bridgeport, CT — which was held in a tent hosted by City Wide Church. I was baptized and gave my life to Christ in 2017. I met Victoria at a City Wide Church outreach event shortly after and we chatted. She invited me to join her women’s group that met at her house. At first, I didn’t think I would attend because she was a stranger, but it was definitely a God-sent. I knew of the Lord, but I did not truly understand my place or value in Christ. I didn’t know God’s love and what that meant. When I thought of love after being hurt, I thought of hopelessness, self-centered, selfish, desperation, rejection, and loneliness.
JOINING A COMMUNITY
Joining Purity + Peace helped me understand that I was not alone with the type of emotions I was facing. I came to understand that God is not a God of confusion, discouragement, loneliness, hurt or anxiety! Victoria and my new fellow sisters helped me understand why God created us and how He loves us unconditionally. I came to understand that “I” was not my problem or the people who hurt me, but that the devil was and is my true enemy. I also learned that Our Father in Heaven wants to free us from all our entanglements. We are to be holy as He is holy. We are to love God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind.
I came to understand that God loved me and His Love was the best love. I learned that God’s love was enough; His genuine Love is perfect.
MY WORTH, MY VALUE
My value doesn’t come from being in a relationship with a man but from being in a relationship with God.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
During our group sessions, I learned the value of my body being the temple and the importance of keeping it pure because it is where the Holy Spirit dwells. I was set free just by knowing who I belonged to.
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 ESV
I BELONG TO GOD
It’s going to be two years now since my first time taking Purity + Peace and I’m free from constantly trying to fill my soul with the affirmations and admiration of others. I no longer feel worn out or depressed due to loneliness.
I Belong to God.
I now understand God's grace and power that breaks all the chains that tried to bind me. I know who the TRUE lover of my soul is, Jesus. For the first time since ever, I have not been worrying about my biological time clock that the world has placed on women. I no longer seek to find my soulmate but seek to have an intimate relationship with my Abba, true lover of my soul. I am focused on becoming the Roxanne He has created me to be in Christ. This season of singleness is a gift. Instead of looking around at what I don’t have, I’m focused on what I do have. I’m focused on my time with God and being used for His kingdom’s glory.
I am so happy to be free and to be able to testify about God’s handiwork in this group.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 ESV
I feel Purity + Peace is for every woman, in any season: Young, single, married, divorced, widow — all will benefit from this amazing God-filled sisterhood. As a result, I am no longer taking anxiety or depression medication because I now understand that the only person who can fill my emptiness and void is my Father in Heaven. He is the only truth. He is my truth.
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