We looked all over the building and could not find her. She had excused herself to go to the restroom a second time in the span of about fifteen minutes.

We were worried…so we opened the door with a master key. Imagine our shock when we saw that it was vacant. As a mom, I started to feel a little inner panic as I thought, “Where could she be?”

My anxiety increased when I finally realized she was not in the building, as her car was no longer in the church’s parking lot where she left it that morning.

Oh my, I needed to be with her, near her. She was in an extremely vulnerable state.

Question: Who is this “she”?

Answer: She is my amazing daughter.

Just moments before her disappearance, I had shared something with her that would change her life forever. I had always been a good secret keeper. And this instance proved it; because I had held on to this one for the first nineteen years of her life. I had revealed the truth to my daughter about her paternity.

After so many years of wondering when would be the right time to tell her, I knew I had to trust God and follow His lead with this.

And though God revealed to me a few months earlier and challenged and prepared me to unleash the truth, this moment still brought about much anguish.

I was responsible for turning her world upside down.

I was responsible for causing her so much emotional pain.

I was responsible for utter chaos and confusion.

Truth be told, I was not surprised by my daughter’s response, which was to try to escape that moment physically. There really is not a right or wrong way to react to such a traumatic experience. So once I discovered where my daughter was and that she was safe, I allowed her to have a moment to herself to begin processing what had just taken place.

Many had been praying for this moment for quite some time; and I needed to trust the process…regardless of how difficult it was to await the manifestation of God’s grace and perfect peace.

And though it was difficult waiting for a breakthrough…for my daughter, for me, for my family…I knew that we already had the victory from the moment God finally released me to tell her the truth.

And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 (NLT)

As painful as this experience was at the time, I knew that absolute freedom would come as a result of revealing the truth. I knew God had a plan in all of this, and my part in it was simply to trust Him.

And I did.

I wish I could say…healing came quickly.

I wish I could say…God just kissed it and made it all better.

I wish I could say…we lived happily ever after…The End.

The real truth is…for a season…

I was stripped of my title, #1 MOM.

I was demoted from my “SHERO” status.

I was the target of anger, distrust, rejection…and the list could go on and on.

Nevertheless, I held on to God’s promise in Romans 8:28 (NIV), “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

At the time, I could not clearly see how this could turn to good, I just had to believe that it would. Today (two years later), I have an amazing relationship with my girl.

After much turmoil, she loves life. She has embraced the fact that paternity is just a technicality, but her dad is truly her dad. She knows he loves her and she loves him for who he is.

Now this took time, but God has proven Himself to be true to His word.

My truth was…my daughter felt deceived and was deeply hurt.

His truth is…He knows how to heal the broken-hearted.

My truth was…I did not know how we could overcome this.

His truth is…He is the omniscient, all-knowing God

My truth was…I messed up and was suffering the consequences.

His truth is…He can turn my mess into a message.

Through it all I realized I had fallen from a place of grace with my daughter. But God proved that His grace is sufficient, just enough for each of us.

And that’s the TRUTH…His TRUTH…which is my TRUTH!

Lord, I endeavor to live in Your truth…every single day…from this day forward. In Jesus’ Name.

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About Yolanda Perry

Yolanda is a devoted follower of Christ. As an author and speaker, she seeks out opportunities to spread the Gospel. Her personal mission is... To Communicate & Demonstrate Unshakable Faith! She is the proud mother of three and has one grandson, whom she adores. Her bonus family member is her spoiled rotten long haired chihuahau, Pennie.

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42 thoughts on “HIS TRUTH IS…MY TRUTH

  • mclesha campbell

    Yolonda Perry this has been one of the most inspiring things I have ever read that you wrote I am so glad that things worked out for you and your daughter to God be the glory God is good to us and we always live and learn He will never leave us or forsake us may God bless you and your daughter forever. Malesha

  • Karen Brown

    Yolanda- This is a beautifully written reminder of a hard part of parenting. You are such a good mom to know that the truth is good for them and will set them free, even when it doesn’t feel good at the time. My favorite part is this: “My truth was…I messed up and was suffering the consequences.His truth is…He can turn my mess into a message.” Amen! Great post!

  • ~ linda

    Eewww! This was a hard one! I felt like I was sitting on the edge of my seat as I read this. I am grateful to know that two years out, you and your daughter have a God-renewed relationship. I am thankful that God knows His plans for our lives and when He wants us to do something, reveal a hidden truth as was this case, He never left your side nor your daughters.
    May He continue to strengthen you both.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Thanks my sweet friend Linda! It was hard then…but I am free and now that the chains of bondage are off, I have no trouble sharing. If just one could read and take a step toward freedom, I would feel like my life’s mission is complete.

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Joanne, thank you for your words of encouragement today. I have come to my place in God where I realize that my stories are His…for His glory. What the enemy meant for evil, I will courageously allow God use it for good. I want others to realize this freedom that I have as well. So I will unleash one story at a time!

  • Lisa notes

    What a powerful story of honesty here, Yolanda. Thank you for sharing how God’s truth is always the biggest and the best, regardless of how we view our own truth or how that truth is received.

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Lisa, God has redeemed me…and I know that we overcome by the word of our testimony. Who am I to hold mine hostage. This is just a tip of the iceberg…I will let it all hang out for His glory!

  • Abby McDonald

    Yolanda, what a beautiful story of God’s faithfulness and grace. He is good, all the time. Thank you for sharing your heart here. I’m so glad he restored your relationship with your daughter and that you are sharing this testimony with others. Blessings to you, dear friend. I visited My Faith Radio and voted. 🙂

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Thank you Lisa…humbly honored that you come back again and again to read what God is speaking through me. This is His story…who am I to hold back? If just one can find freedome…

  • Tiffany

    Wow, Yolanda – what a powerful testimony of stepping out in obedience and telling the truth even when you knew the outcome could be different than you hoped. That is never easy and it take courage to know that our truth can result in loss or hurt. So glad that you can look back, and especially now see, the good that God knit together in this situation. Thank you for sharing this personal experience with us – what an encouragement to moms. Blessings – stopping by from #testimonytuesday.

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Tiffany…I have come to a place in my walk with God that I will let nothing separate me from Him ever again. You will come to learn much about me if you come to follow along. My story is for His glory!

  • Kelly Balarie

    Yolanda, I thank you so deeply for sharing this story. It is a powerful redemption story. I love your words that you speak and you craft them so well! I praise God that your daughter has come to terms with this in God’s beautiful timing. Great story. Great love. Great God. Cheering you on from the #RaRalinkup with Purposeful Faith.

  • Kelly Chripczuk

    I SO believe in that verse. “The truth will set you free.” I worked in a place once with a poster that said, The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable. I hated that poster, but . . . many years later now I recognize it as truth. Facing the truth can be painful, but after the pain comes freedom which is so sweet. Best of luck, Yolanda, in the contest. Thanks for linking!

  • Ruthie Gray

    I love the compare and contrast between my truth and His truth! Thank you for sharing your story, your heart. We sometimes have to reveal truths to our grown children that we would rather them never know, but as you said, “The truth will set you free” – and so it does. Pain at first – joy and peace later. And that gives us such a sense of freedom. I’m so glad God restored your daughter to you. Thank you for sharing on #Livefree Thursday – I’m your neighbor!

  • Bev Duncan @ Walking Well With God

    Hi Yolanda,
    What a powerful testimony!! I can only imagine the courage it took to share that secret you had been keeping for so many years. I love the line that “God can turn my mess into a message.” Amen! Our God is truly able to bring beauty from ashes and will be faithful to do so if we just let go and lean into Him. Loved this post…and yes, I voted !! 🙂

  • Crystal Storms

    Yolanda, I love this: “I needed to trust the process…regardless of how difficult it was to await the manifestation of God’s grace and perfect peace.” You had prayed and then trusted God to work through the process, and even when you couldn’t see His hand, you knew He was working things out. Thank you, Yolanda, for sharing your heart at #IntentionalTuesday on Intentionally Pursuing. : )

  • Tyra

    So happy that His truth says all things work together for the good. So happy you shared the truth with her. Connecting today from #dancewithJesus linkup.

  • Rachel

    Beautifully written. I’m glad your daughter has accepted the new facts of her life and is enjoying life. Thanks for sharing on the Small Victories Sunday link up.

  • Winter

    What a hard situation but such truths you were able to lean on. Praising Him for seeing you and your daughter through. Stopping by from Sunday Stillness.

  • bluecottonmemory

    Such wise words! God does redeem the hard – and when we have faith and hope through the hard – miracles happen! Your post is a courageous testimony of that! Thank you for sharing your heart!

  • Bonnie Lyn Smith

    Oh my goodness…this was so beautiful! Thank you for unfolding such a delicate moment for us. What a lesson for any of us who have a truth to tell. Wow. This line got me—–> “His truth is…He can turn my mess into a message.”

    Wow, Girl, keep tellin’ it! I draw so much wisdom from the examples of your life. Much love from “Espressos of Faith”!

    PS I tried to vote for you and had no luck. That site wouldn’t let me get in (log in to my account) for Stacey T either. I will keep trying. Blessings!

  • Tai East

    Yolanda, so are so brave and I truly admire your strength and courage. I love that you always speak from a place of wisdom and truth. Love you, sweet friend! 🙂

  • Sheila Kimball

    Hey friend…heart gripping story. BUT GOD…His love covers all our messes and makes the way where there seems to be no way. Praying blessings over you and your girl. AND…I made a login and created an account so I can vote BUT I can’t find where to cast my vote. PLZ advise…thanks and good luck!!