Posted by Sheri Fraley on November 11, 2013 at 6:35 PM

The following are reflections from members of The Vine Church

that describe a time in their lives when God was real, and

beyond a doubt, the Author of their lives!

I am a member of The Vine Church in Smithsburg, Maryland, and I

am going to share one of many life storms I have faced with God’s

Grace. In January 2010 I had to move out of my daughter’s home

due to family issues. At this point in time my friends Ida, Linda,

Pastor Carlos, and his wife Ruth, helped me move back to

Smithsburg. Pastor Carlos and the church board were able to help

me get a temporary apartment above the church. Around May of

2010, the owner of the apartment building wanted to know if I

was staying, which of course I could not do because I was on

unemployment at the time. Needless to say I was facing the

unknown in my life.

During those last few weeks I was calling The Salvation Army and

the New Hope Shelter to check on availability. I know without a

doubt that God was with me during this life storm. I whole

heartedly trusted Him as I was facing the unknown.

One message The Vine’s former pastor Carlos shared with us was

to ”count it all joy” when going through difficult times.

James1:1-4, “My brethren, count it all Joy when you fall into

various trials. Knowing that the testing of your faith produces

patience, but let patience have its perfect work and that you may

be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

So with God’s presence and His Grace, I faced going to the New

Hope Shelter in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania on May 28, 2010.

With my faith and trust in God He later provided an apartment for

me in Waynesboro, and I moved into my new home on January

20, 2011.


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