Reach | Testimony #5
Tamela Rigg | Women’s Ministry
I vaguely remember my early childhood days. We moved around a lot due to my father being a musician. My parents divorced when I was in fifth grade, my father received custody of me, and my mom received custody of my brother. From fifth grade through ninth grade I moved 27 different times; therefore relationships and friendships were difficult and have been throughout my life. My father had remarried numerous times, and during one marriage I was exposed to the Gospel and Billy Graham.
In ninth grade, the court awarded my mother custody of me. This was the first stable home I had until I graduated. I also had an Aunt that showed the love of Jesus and gave constant unconditional love throughout my childhood. But during this time, I was exposed to pornography which affected my view of a relationship the way God would have it.
I married at 19 and thirteen years later had a very difficult divorce. I was confused, depressed, and had suicidal thoughts. I was successful in a career and had all the luxuries in this world but was not happy. I always prayed and knew of God but did not have a relationship with Him. I knew I needed to take care of some childhood issues before I could begin to heal and to be in a healthy relationship. I had been to numerous therapists in my past, but this time God was in it and provided an amazing lady who helped me. I started to attend the River Church in Holly, and every word was a pierced knife into my heart and what I was feeling. I would cry every time I went to church but then saw God so tenderly begin to heal me. My father past away in 2005, and at that time many more childhood memories came back to me including sexual and emotional abuse. This explained why I did not remember most of my childhood. God has been molding, healing, and changing me every day. I am grateful that He saw this strayed sheep and constantly pulled me in and held me close to heal me.
Matthew 18:12 says, “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?”
There is an amazing story of how God weaved my new husband into my life. God gave me someone who would tenderly and humbly help me love again the way God would want it. God graciously heard every word I prayed for a husband. We have diligently sought to be obedient to God’s calling in serving Him in many ways.
Ephesians 3:20-21 says, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”