After Seldom’s abusive live-in boyfriend was arrested for selling dagga, she was able pick up the pieces of her life and move on.
She was unemployed when she moved in with her boyfriend and depended on him for financial support. A few months later, Seldom’s boyfriend showed his true character. “He called me names when he was drunk. Friday nights were the worst because that’s when he came home drunk and told me how useless I was since I did not have a job. Other tenants where we rented always complained about the noise he made when he yelled at me. The names he called me cut deep into my heart. I wanted to leave him but felt trapped because I had no money.
I started feeling useless and lost confidence in myself after I failed to secure a job for a long time. I also had no peace or happiness in my life,” said Seldom.
In search of a solution for the problems in her love life, Seldom came to the Universal Church and took part in the chain of prayers on Wednesdays for inner healing and on Thursdays for her love life.
Her boyfriend was not happy about her coming to the church and their fights intensified. “He told me how much he hated the church and gave me an ultimatum to stop attending the services or leave. To keep the peace, I promised to stop, but I sneaked out whenever he wasn’t around and went to church, because I felt at peace when I was in the church,” she said. The day her boyfriend was arrested for selling dagga and sentenced to a year in prison marked a new beginning for Seldom.
“I started coming to the church freely and committed my life to God. I believed that because Jesus rose from the death, my life too had to change. I knew my love life could also change in Him. I asked God to give me guidance and strength to move on with my life. A few months later, I paid him a visit in jail and that was when I ended our relationship. I then moved out of the place I shared with him and lived with my sister. I surrendered my all to God and trusted Him to see me through. I developed inner peace and my confidence slowly improved,” said Seldom.
A year later Seldom found her first job and was able to rent her own place.
“I was also healed from my bitter past and I understood that not all men were abusive like my ex-boyfriend. I forgave myself for the years I spent in a loveless and hurtful relationship. I prayed and asked God to give me a suitable partner who would love and respect me. When I met Mzansi in 2015, my heart was ready to love. We married in the church a year later. I am happily married and, most of all, I have the presence of God inside of me. Every area of my life that was hopeless lived again after I decided to fully depend on God,” she said.
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