"Mary, I've decided I want to quit smoking and I need your help." These are the words I heard from my newly founded friend Kimberlee Ford this past January. I didn't know what to say at the moment. She had moved into our house the week before. She was new in church and was struggling with living for God. I had watched the past week as my new friend tried to live the Apostolic life, dressing in modest clothes, long skirts and I would do her hair in a Pentecostal up-do, but then she would have to run off for a smoke.
She said that she tried to be all nonchalant and he was like, "Sis. Kimberlee, how are you doing?" She said, "I'm like, Oh hey Pastor. I'm doing good!" And he was like, "No Sister, how are you really doing?" She said that at that point she knew he must have known so why bother trying to cover it. She said she was just like, "Okay fine, I SMOKED!"
"It feels like my biggest obsacle in life is over," says Kim. She says that she never thought she would be able to quit, but through God's power in prayer she did. The Bible says, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Philippians 4:12) I'm telling you all, Kimberlee Ford was bound! This girl was a chain smoker, 15-30 minutes she had to smoke. First thing in the morning and sometimes in the middle of the night she would go out for a puff, but GOD has fully and completely delivered her.
♥Mary Frances :)