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Hi, my name is Jorge and I have been a Christian since March 23, 2008 and t
Hi, my name is Jorge and I have been a Christian since March 23, 2008 and to this day I am still trying to figure out what God has in store for me. My wife left with the kids since January and still to this day, June 9, 2008, I still pray for my family because it is the only thing that I can do. We have been together for 9 years and even though we are not married, I considered her my wife. I am finishing this book called "90 Minutes In Heaven" by Don Piper and Cecil Murphey and I can't begin to imagine how this guy made it through all this pain and suffering. We all go through pain and suffering in our lifetime, I know I have had my share especially these past few months, but it is what we do during these times that will make us or break us. I am thirty years old and I have never drank. There were times when that little voice inside of me was telling to do this and that. I was so miserable and depressed and I didn't want to do anything. I even had suicidal thoughts. My family was very important to me and I was a fool for not reacting right away to get my family back. As I look back, I always to come to the same thought "What does God have in store for me?" He did not put me in this situation for no reason. There is always a purpose for everything. I do not know right now what it is and if my family will ever be back together as one. But I do know that when I talk about God it makes me feel good. It lifts my spirits because I know that I am doing his will and that he will bless me someday, if not on earth than in Heaven. This book has taught me about pain and suffering and the power of prayer. Don Piper is the pastor that got into a bad car accident and there was a time while he was in the hospital where the doctor said he might not make it. So his wife called David Gentiles, and he rush over and told Don that night "We're going to pray all night. I'm going to call everybody I know who can pray. I want you to know that those of us who care for you are going to stay up all night in prayer for you." There was a lot of praying through out this book. I purchased this other book, "Purpose Driven Life" and this book I could only read a chapter a day. So, I needed something else to read and the heaven book was already in my house. I picked it up on Sunday and finished it in two days. By reading this book, it gave me hope. God does answer prayers and it is our human nature to doubt because the storm has gotten too big that you don't see relief in sight. What we fail to see sometimes is that GOD is our strength and our rock. He will never leave us or forsake us. He hears our crys and comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. I started doing this blog to get other bothers and sisters in faith to help me and others in prayer. When we seem to have lost all hope, we need to band together and lift each other up. I would like to designate a day out of the week to pray for each other. Just like in the book when people in faith all over prayed for Don. Please pray for me and my family to be reunited and those close to me.
My younger sister, Mari, for her salvation and reconcilation with her husband
My older sister's husband, Raul, for his salvation and to change for his family
Omar for his salvation and to change for his family
Zach for his marriage
Richard's wife to attend church

Published: Jun 09 2008 06:45:13pm

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Samantha Shemer (@youaregolden)

Welcome to CB! I am going to be blunt here, but I think you should put down all those books and pick up your Bible. God's Word is all we need and we shouldn't turn to men, when God has the answers right there. It is ok for us to read books by other people, but we must not put them infront of the Word of God. I will keep your family in my prayers and I suggest you read the book of John sometime. YSIC, -Golden

Jorge Arroyo (@jarroyo4)

Golden, I truly appreciate your honesty and thank you for keeping me and my family in prayer. I do want to let you know that I do read my Bible on a daily basis as well. I have read many books, Matthew, James, Acts, 1 and 2 Samuel , and John was a great book that I have learn a lot from. I thank you for the encouragement. Thanks, Jorge

Jennifer DeGroot (@degrojd)

Hi, I just happened to stumble across this yesterday as I was searching trying to find peace for myself. I am separated and was wondering what God might have in store for me. Anyway, I know this is three years later and I'm wondering if your family came home. I truly hope that they did and if not I hope that God has brought something good to your life. Jennifer

Jorge Arroyo (@jarroyo4)

Hi Jennifer,
Oh yes! It has been such a long time ago that I have written this blog but it feels like I wrote it yesterday because the memories are still fresh in my mind of what took place in my life in 2008. At that stage in my life, I did not have a clue as to what was happening with me and my family but who does when GOD is being GOD changing lives for the better. That is exactly what he was doing and that is what was taking place with my life and my family's. There were so many things that took place and it all started with simple prayers from my family "GOD please change Jorge" from the mother of my children now my wife and "GOD please have my DAD come to church" from my two daughters and this is when they started going back to church in August of 2007. From there, GOD took over and started making changes in my life and I didn't realize it until many, many months later when I looked back at these moments and it dawned on me that it was GOD making things happen and his hands were at work. I can honestly tell you that it was a very difficult year because I was dealing with my past that had re-surfaced when I gave my life back to GOD in March of 2008. Even tough I knew GOD had forgiven me of my sins, the devil was using all the bad things that I have done against me and to destroy my relationship that I was establishing with GOD. There where many, many days that I couldn't take the pain in my heart and I just wanted GOD to take me and free me from the "hell" that I was going through. We all have different kinds of "hell" that we go through and mine was my past because I have hurt those that I loved in many terrible ways. My children were also suffering emotionally during this time and it just made things worst for me because I could feel their pain in their hearts. Looking back at it all, I am thankful that GOD surrounded me with Christians to help me get through the difficult days and let me tell you that there many many. It wasn't an easy road to take but GOD needed to break me and re-build me from the ground up. As much as we want GOD to change our circumstances, GOD is using our circumstances to change us. So, surround yourself with Christians that will encourage your walk with GOD because it could be the most important thing you can do right now. Seek GOD and he will comfort you and guide you. The following year my girlfriend and I got married and my family was reunited as a family for GOD. My wife has forgiven me but that is also something that we have been working on for two years. I understand what you are going through and I pray and hope that GOD will help you with your situation. Nothing is impossible with GOD. GOD bless you my sister and hopefully I can hear from you in the near future of the amazing things GOD has done in your life.


Jennifer DeGroot (@degrojd)

Jorge, That is an amazing story! I'm so happy God worked in your life the way he did and restored your family. Unfortunately, I don't think my story is going to end the same way. I have surrounded myself with christians during this past year. I feel so blessed to have so many wonderful christian people in my life. Even my children have a wonderful understanding of God. Unfortunately, my husband does not. He doesn't have the same beliefs at all. Many, many people have been praying for our family and more specifically for him. His heart is hard to God and he does not know forgiveness. We have both hurt each other very much but I would do anything to restore our marriage and keep our family together, however, yesterday he told me that he can't do it and that he met someone else and is moving on. I'm devastated! We have been together since I was 17. I don't know anything else. I'm so sad for all of us. He said he is sad too but that he is not coming home. He said that he feels it is in our best interest to stay legally married for financial reasons right now but I told him that I cannot do that. I told him that if he has no intention on reuniting that he has to do something about it because I can not move forward. He told me he doesn't care if I start dating other people but, I told him that as long as we are married I will not do that. I truly believe if my husband had a relationship with God or even one christian friend who could turn him in the right direction there could be hope for us but the problem is he doesn't have many friends at all and certainly no christaian ones. I knew that he would turn to someone else because he doesn't like to be alone and instead of dealing with the pain he is going through he is just covering it up by replacing me. I know that somewhere in his heart he still loves me. He continues to want to do things as a family which is confusing to me and to the kids. Okay, I think I babbled on long enough. I know God has something in store for me and my children. I just need to be patient. Thank you for sharing your story. I hope you and your wife live a long happy life with God as your focus. Jennifer

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