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Pastor trusts the Lord with her life

caines | 4/18/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Balancing it all with God and trust Pastor Lydia Goodin, founding pastor of Just As I Am International Ministries, remembers being extremely ill with a leg condition called pyoderma gangrenosum, which caused deep ulcers and excruciating pain. The ulcers were so deep that you could see her bone. There was even a possibility that Goodin would lose her leg. For about 28 days, Goodin was in a hospital bed, unable to walk. And many thought that she would die. I was so sick, I prayed to die, said Goodin. At that time, Goodin had a habit of eating ice, and she would frequently ask the nurses to bring some to her. But one day her nurse refused. It was then that Goodin heard the voice of God say get up and get your own ice. She wasnt supposed to get out of bed because of her leg condition, but she repeatedly heard the voice of God say get up and get your own ice. So she got up. In many situations, even those that were life-altering, Goodin has faithfully lived by one of her favorite Bible verses: Proverbs 3:5-9, which says: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. . . After getting up and walking in pain, it took Goodin about 10-15 minutes to make it to the door. But once she got to the door, she felt the anointing of God, and strength that she never felt before, she said. It was after obeying and trusting God that He told her whoever you pray for and say I am healed, they will be healed. After that she started saying I am healed to herself and was walking more and more. She left the hospital a month later in April 2001, and although she was away from work until December recovering, the flesh on her leg grew back and she was healed, she said. Just as she had while dealing with an illness, Goodin leaned on the Lord while going through other difficult times, such as the deaths of her daughter and her mother. And although it was hard for her she said she understands that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord. Goodin had also obeyed God when He told her you will pastor even though she didnt want to. Im the last person in the world that I thought God would call to be a pastor, she said. But since she has grown to love it, she said. Goodin has a lot of duties, as a pastor, teacher and a radio host on WMBM, but she still leaves them all in Gods hands. I trust the Lord and he tells me what to do, she said. Goodin said she loves everything she does. Her church, which focuses on healing the hurt, hindered, hopeless and helpless, moved into their first building last month. Goodin encourages her members and others to also trust in God, with the belief that He will help them to fulfill their personal assignment. Youve got to trust God in everything, she said. The more we trust God, the more we find out that hes leading and guiding us, even where we dont want to go. God had an assignment for me [pastoring] and Im thankful to God that I listened and obeyed. By Malika A. Wrightmwright@miamitimesonline.com