I have always been a person with lots of friends. In high school, I was always voted homecoming queen, and whatever other positions people voted for. I sat at the popular table, and believe it or not I even married the star quarterback after we graduated. I thought that life was perfect, and it really felt like God had blessed me with something special that nobody else had. I tried my best to maintain this image, even though it always felt like something was missing.
When we had our first son, things started to fall apart. I put on a lot of weight, and my husband started working away from the house more and more. I started drinking when he was away. I never mentioned any of these problems though, since I didn’t want people to know there was anything wrong. Whenever I would go to parties or church, I always pretended to be really happy. I felt that people looked to me for what a happy person was supposed to be, as silly as that sounds.
On one of these little work trips that my husband would take, I found out that he was actually cheating on me with my best friend. I was devastated. More than devastated, actually. People found out what had happened, and they all took his side. The only people that stood by me were my family members, our pastor at church, and a couple that I used to take to after services. I told them that I wanted to die, and they told me that I needed to trust the Lord, and pray to him for forgiveness. At first, I was angry that they asked me to pray for forgiveness when it was my husband’s fault. They convinced me that life’s true meaning is in finding strong relationships that are true of heart, and not just of appearance. They were right. I truly believe that their prayers and of the prayer requests I placed at the Christian Prayer Center saved my life.
This story may seem stupid and petty, but I prayed for wisdom and forgiveness, and I feel that I was granted both. My husband and I are divorced now, but our sons are both happy, and we share custody of them. I see my parents and my siblings a couple times a week now, and I’m eating healthier. Prayer does work and it helps to have support, God Bless.