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Trusting God, No Matter How You Feel

At some point in our lives, most of us will experience a traumatic event that will change us forever, an encounter that will leave our body gasping for air and our soul grasping for meaning. Ricky Texada and his wife have found the hope God gives in those moments, when all meaning seems to fade away in the face of tragedy.

Ricky's goal in college was admittedly less than admirable. He wanted to get an education, sleep with as many girls as possible, and party as much as possible. He wanted to follow in the footsteps of his older brother who was already living out his goals for college.

In the midst of trying to pursue his second objective on the dance floor one night, Ricky felt a question rise from deep inside him: "What are you doing here?" He couldn't shake the question and abandoned his plans for the night. As he was walking home he prayed a simple prayer: "God, I don't know if you're real. My mom and dad say that you are… If you're real, make yourself known, because if you don't, I have three objectives that I'm going to fulfill." The next two weeks, God answered his honest prayer and began to show up in tangible ways.

With a newfound faith, Ricky began focusing on school, his goals of ministry, and he met his first wife Deborah, whom he dated throughout college and eventually married. Life seemed good, and everything was on track. Then the traumatic event hit on December 17th, 1996. Ricky and his wife Deborah had left their corporate jobs and began to work for their church. On the same day they were asked to become pastors at their church, they were driving home when their car was struck, killing Deborah and sending Ricky's life into a spiral.

However, Ricky responded differently than you might expect. He didn't choose to doubt God as one might think, but rather he defied Satan's expectations and chose, even in the face of great personal tragedy, to fight even harder to serve God. Not long after that, he met his current wife through a friend at church and they married six months later.

Ricky's book, "My Breaking Point, God's Turning Point" (available in our eStore), is a great witness to those who struggle to trust God in the face of adversity. The main thing he was forced to fight about was the lie that God didn't love him. "No matter how you are feeling, you have to trust God". 

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