Power in the Word

Her year began wrong side up.

In January 2008, Anderline Bredy’s world spiraled into chaos and despair. It seemed her life had been cruelly torn from the pages of Job and rewritten for a contemporary audience: Her home was in foreclosure and her cheating husband had moved out, abandoning her to raise a 14-month-old daughter alone.

Then she lost her job. “I was the worst point of my life,” she says. “I didn’t know how I was going to feed my daughter or pay my bills.”

By the end of January, Anderline was desperate to find a way to cope. “I used television, trashy novels, and hatred to cover my feelings of inadequacy, shame, and guilt. I had an aching desire to end my life. I wasn’t going to church at that time, and I didn’t want to go church.”

Finally, one evening, she broke down and called out, “God, if you don’t help me, I’m going to lose my mind!” Then suddenly, as if a voice had commanded her, she went upstairs, opened her Bible, and began to read the Psalms. The soothing words spoke to her battered heart and unleashed a torrent of tears. “That’s when the Holy Spirit reminded me of the Amazing Facts’ website.”

Comforting Words of Life
I logged on to listen to the preaching on the AmazingFacts.TV website, and I found there a message of forgiveness. It was perfect. Then the next program was Pastor Doug’s caveman story. It was wonderful!”

In the days that followed, Anderline listened and read everything else she could find on the website. In fact, AmazingFacts.TV even began to replace her interest in secular television. “I loved receiving the free offers. They always came at the right time. Through them, the Lord started restoring my life and will to live. I spent many nights crying and grieving the past, but He showed me true forgiveness toward my friends, family, and husband. Now I actually can forget those old hurts and pains and look toward the future.”

When she had finished watching all the revivals and the Prophecy Code series, Anderline decided it was time to read the entire Bible for herself. “I downloaded the Bible Reading Plan from the Amazing Facts’ website and started reading in Genesis. Although I got distracted and discouraged early on, I kept at it. Finally, I would get so caught up in the Word that I would read for hours. I even had to turn off Amazing Facts TV so I could read!”

As Anderline continued to study God’s Word, her self-image dramatically improved. Since the birth of her daughter, she had been obese, but now she felt an invigorating desire to get outside and walk. With her TV and its constant barrage of commercials now silent, Anderline found she had more self-control. Her eating habits changed, and the pounds began to melt away. She even slept better, the painful memories gradually evaporated as she claimed the promise of Ephesians 6:10-20 and put on the whole armor of God.

Within two months, Anderline had read the entire Bible. “When I got to the end of the Bible reading course, I thought, ‘That’s it? Where’s the next chapter?’ ”

Restoration and New Life

As Anderline continued to study and grow, she decided to be rebaptized. She wanted a fresh start in her relationship with God. On June 7, 2008, she made her public commitment to Christ. And that’s when God began opening incredible doors for her.

The very next week, miraculously, Anderline’s house sold. Moreover, though she doesn’t even know how her money stretched so far, somehow she had the money to move, pay tithe, and give to others. Through it all, her daily bread was supplied.

One day, Anderline received an unexpected call for a job interview. Since she had lost so much weight, she had no appropriate clothes to wear or money to buy them. She decided to have faith in God and went anyway. She was hired, and even better, God had found her a place where she could begin her workday in prayer with likeminded Christians.

Anderline is now actively involved in the youth ministry at her church. She is also a prayer warrior and has ministered to others struggling with situations similar to hers. “Once you’re in love with Jesus, you can’t help but talk about Him all the time. I’m even sharing what I’ve learned with my husband. There’s nobody like Jesus!”

Finally, Anderline explains, “I like 1 Peter 5:6, which says, ‘Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.’ No matter what problems you face, if you cry out to Him for help, He will answer beyond what you can possibly believe. I’ve not had better sleep, happiness, or peace than now.

“I am so grateful for Amazing Facts. I praise God for everything that you have on your websites. It is a powerful ministry tool. I am constantly renewed and refreshed with every item. Please continue to bring the message to the world.”

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