Joanna Beck's father left the family and signed over his parental rights when she was only 5 years old. Her mother had issues of her own. Despite a move to live with her grandmother, who became a charismatic Christian, and then finding salvation herself, Beck lost her path.
"I got pregnant and married when I was 18," she tells host Dr. Barbara Lowe on "Dr. Barbara's Whole Life Podcast" on Charisma News. After eight years and another child, "We went through a horrific divorce, where I lost everything, down to my dignity," Beck says. "Everything was stripped. ... I lost my house; I lost my car. ... All I knew how to be was sad and angry and depressed, and God reached down and just pulled me right up out of that pit. And that's what I like to tell women all the time ... if you're at rock bottom, good, because you're going to find out who that rock is.
"And it's Jesus, and He's going to lift you right up out of it. And it's going to be painful. It's going to be hard. But the end result is going to be absolutely amazing."
Now happily married and in ministry, with four beautiful daughters, Beck shares how God supernaturally healed her father issues. "I was standing in a class that I was taking, and we were worshipping. And all of a sudden, the Lord says to me, 'Give it to Me, Joanna.'
"And I was like, 'What?'
"And He said, 'Give me the abandonment. ... the abandonment from your father.' ... And I [had my] arms lifted and was just worshipping Him, 'Take it, Lord, just take it.' I actually felt that root of abandonment come up out of me. And it was something that I was holding onto and I didn't even know it. But He took it from me and completely healed that abandonment issue that I had."
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