“I was 34 years old and feeling very lonely,” Graciela says. “I had never had a boyfriend, although I was interested in having a family, but the job of taking care of my parents had never allowed me to have an active social life. Suddenly, my psyche collapsed and I went into a deep depression. I lost 20 kilos in a month and I did not feel like living. At that time I was very far from God (although he was not far from me).”
Today’s post is written by Graciela Ramos. She lives in Argentina. She shares how God answered her prayers for marriage:
I remembered (actually the Holy Spirit reminded me) that somewhere in the Bible there was a passage saying that if we asked in faith we would receive what we asked for. So I started reading the Bible to find that passage, and I found it! And I also found other scriptures that talked about the same thing. Then I learned that there was a section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church that explained all this, so I looked for it and I read it.
I began to cry out to God for a husband and family in the month of December 1994. I started attending Mass because I thought that if I did not attend Mass, God would not grant me what I asked for. (I later realized that what really matters is not the “attending” of Mass but what Mass provides: deep communication with God through his Word, the community and the Eucharist). I started to pray a daily Rosary, too. I was determined to attack everywhere! I was going to convince God!
I cried and cried during December, January, February and March. But also during all these months, my relationship with the Holy Spirit changed. I got used to talking to him about my life, to mourn with him and to cry out to him explaining my loneliness (which of course he already knew).
My relationship with the Holy Spirit grew so much that my prayer changed. I began to enjoy those moments with God, as he convinced me that I did not need “only” one family here on earth, I needed a “family” in heaven as well. I needed my Father, my Mother, my Brother-Savior and my friend the Spirit of God.
In March of 1995, I continued to cry out, but this time, I began crying out for Jesus. One Monday night, with tears I asked him: “Jesus, do not give me a husband and children if it is not your will, but please, never get away from me. May I not turn away from You again.
The following Friday I began to attend a Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) prayer group — and my life changed completely!
Five months later, in July, I was preaching about God’s love at a conference of the CCR, and a man approached me to ask about the name of a song. The following February, we went together to a retreat of the CCR in Chile, and in November of 1996 we got married. My husband Fernando and I have since formed a beautiful family (with the help of God, of course!) with four beautiful children.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8 NIV)
- What is the story of how you met your sweetheart?
- Where is God in your story?
Strengthen your relationship:
Reminisce together and describe how God played a role in starting your relationship. How many people know this part of your story? How might people benefit if you share it more often? Who do you know who could benefit from reading Graciela’s testimony? Ask the Holy Spirit to awaken you to opportunities that will build up the faith others, especially in regards to marriage and family life.
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© 2017 by Graciela Ramos of Good News Ministries