HIS HEART FOR RESTORATION
SETS CAPTIVES FREE
The LORD sets captives free. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. - Psalm 146:7c | Psalm 147:3
Karen Hulbert, part of Sets Captives Free Ministry, is certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Faith-Based Equine Assisted Philosophy, and Biblical Teaching.
"My vision is to set those that are broken hearted, wounded, and in bondage
to liberty in Christ with horses and Biblical teaching."
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Karen Hulbert Shares Her Personal Story of Healing:
I would like to share with you my story of healing and why I have worked so hard to open Freedom Ranch and complete the calling that God has placed on my life.
At the age of 30 I went through a 6 weeks depression. I was told that I was a Christian and shouldn’t have depression, but I had come to a point in my life that I just wanted to die. I was at a crossroad to choose life or death. One night I cried out to God asking Him for help from my depression. God was good and came to me for the following five nights.
The first night He ask me if I wanted to be healed and I said yes, so He took me back to when I had been abused by my brother. I had been molested by him from the age of 8 to 12 until he left to go into the Air Force. I thought I had forgiven my brother, but instead I just buried the hurt. God asked me if I would forgive my brother even if he never asked me for forgiveness himself. I told God I would if He could only help me to truly forgive my brother. God healed from the hurt of abuse and moved me into His love.
The next night God came to me about my divorce. Again God asked me if I would forgive my ex-husband for leaving me to raise my son by myself and asked if I wanted to be healed from the hurt of rejection. I said yes, and God helped to forgive my ex-husband for leaving me for someone else. Forgiving through Christ is true forgiveness.
On the third night God came to me about the lifestyle I had chosen to live after my divorce. This lifestyle was of sexual lust for men. I would date anyone just to feel accepted and loved, which I thought I could only receive by giving myself to men. They would take me to a nice dinner and buy me other nice things and I felt I had to repay them to keep their affections. God once again asked if I would forgive myself and let Him heal me from the sexual addiction. I agreed and He took that desire from me and showed me all I need was His Unfailing Love.
During that fallen time in my life, I had become pregnant by a married man. He only revealed to me, of course, when I told him I was pregnant. After he hit me in the stomach and told me to get abortion, I had a friend, at the time, help me find a doctor to perform the abortion. Afterwards, my life began to fill with guilt and shame and I just didn’t want to be alive anymore. On the fourth night of healing, God asked me if I wanted to be healed from the guilt of the abortion and I said yes, but only if you can help me to understand your forgiveness. He showed me that the baby boy was with Him and He was caring for him and I would see my son again. This night of healing was by far the hardest for me, but I was able to really learn God’s forgiveness was complete.
The last night of my healing, God told me that I was free to worship Him as He made me to do. It was like a bird being set free from a cage and I sore on His wings of forgiveness. I was set free to live for my Lord and Savior with unfailing love and forgiveness. God promised me that I would never face depression again because I could call upon Him for help at all times. I was finally delivered from all of my guilt and shame, for GOD had already forgiven ME for the mistakes and sins that I would make in my life, before I was even born.
I have loved my Savior with all my heart, soul, and mind to this very day and have never had any regrets. I have learned of His unfailing love and forgiveness, as I was given by my Savior, which now flows through me so I will be able to show others. I have been serving my Lord and Savior with the Holy Spirits help for over 38 years. The Holy Spirit has been my counselor, healer, and deliverer!
Life has not been easy, but I know God has always been there to bring through the hard times. He is a faithful God and has never left me or forsaken me. James 1: 2-5 has been my help when trials and temptation come my way. I count it all as Joy because the Joy of the Lord is my strength!
All the Glory goes to my God, my Lord, and my Savior for what He has done in my life. Praise His Holy Name, Jesus Christ, and the fullness of the Holy Spirit.