By, Maryann Barritta
Director of Discipleship & Outreach
“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
This testimony has been shared a number of times. However, I never tire of the exhilarating feeling of God’s love I experience with each retelling.
As the oldest of four children in a very traditional family I somehow sensed it was my responsibility to set a good example for my younger brother and two sisters. I loved my parents and I believed that I loved God.
By, Pat Cocuzza
Director of Women’s Special Events
My journey to finding out about having an intimate relationship with the Lord started in the 1990s. I worked for a Christian chiropractor and met patients and their children who had a special peace and joy about them. I have been a Christian all my life but never experienced the peace that seem to fill these people. I was invited to join a bible study and that is when my journey really began. Prior to that I was going through the motions. As a child, I studied the Old Testament and it left me feeling not being worthy in the site of the Lord. I never felt that my childhood sins were wiped away. They always haunted me and left me feeling guilty. While at the bible studies, I sat with women who loved the Lord. They prayed openly. It was a new time in my life.
By, Dee Coroneos
Director of Prayer
Micah 7:7 “There is power in persistent prayer”
These past seven years have been such a growing, maturing experience for me. After my husband’s discouraging diagnosis, and struggling to accept what the doctors had concluded, I turned my attention to the Lord in prayer. I searched encouraging scriptures on healing, faith, trust, surrender, perseverance, and above all the power of persistent prayer. I’ve kept these promises handy, for they stand mighty against any challenge. Although we have not seen complete healing yet, persistent prayer has pulled us through several bad reports on Chris’ health. We’ve experienced the miraculous hand of God upon us both, as Chris has bounced back over and over again after each downturn. He’s come to believe in the power of prayer, and the Lord has taken us both on such a ride, He takes our breath away!
By, Sarah Harris
Director of Administration
I recently hit my one year work anniversary. I graduated from college in May 2016 and started working in June. It’s been a heck of year! I’ve learned so much about myself during this period of transition. One thing I miss the most about being an undergrad is summer vacation! Working 5 days a week during beautiful summer days has me appreciating the few moments of sun that I can get.
I realized a while back that I’m not the type of woman who can open up my bible and study it without any type of guide. I’ve tried. It tends to last about a week, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. So throughout my journey with the Lord, I decided to spend time with Him in multiple ways, to keep our relationship fresh. Just like with a significant other, you have to change things up to keep you relationship lively! We should be treating our relationship with Jesus the same way.
I’ve gathered 4 of my favorite things to do to build my relationship with Jesus, and I thought I’d share. Hopefully you can use some of these and create a couple of your own.
By, Mari Noruzi
On a summer day in mid July 2006, God told me to look at myself in the mirror! He guided my eyes to the mole on my left shoulder/chest area. It was no longer a brown circle- it had split in half with irregular borders! I immediately knew this was not a good sign. I went to see the dermatologist in my best friend Pat’s office. The biopsy confirmed Malignant Melanoma and she referred me to an oncological surgeon. I asked her to be honest with me, my son was only 8 years old, what was I looking at here? She calmly said early detection is key- let’s see how it will be staged after surgery. Fear was the first feeling that hit me! If I died, my little boy would have no parents- his father died in 2004! I cried and cried, not for myself but for my son. I felt no anger towards God, I’m happy to go to His presence when He wills it. I was worried about my son, Kaleb. I prayed, my family and friends prayed, my Pastor prayed and my patients prayed. I asked for Grace and Mercy, that He’d let me live so I could raise my child.
Her Life Speaks is all about Her testimony, Her life, and who God is in Her story. Here we write our stories in hopes of helping other women find their relationship with Jesus Christ.