My Locker-room Friends

Every morning I go to a local fitness center before I go to work. Over the past three years, I have developed relationships with the “regulars”—a handful of ladies, ranging in age from 22 to 60, that are as insane as I am to exercise at 5 a.m. Our conversations in the locker room are always interesting—we discuss current events, work environments, families, latest fads, etc.

As I listen to these ladies and ask them questions, I am reminded each day of why I am doing what I am doing. These women are confused and stressed out and often have “answers” to what is going on in the world, and to what their husbands should or should not do.

Recently, a few ladies were talking about past marriages, and shared the heartache they experienced because of their husbands’ extramarital affairs. I was burdened for these women as I heard the anger that they are working through because they are left with children to raise alone, child support payments for step-children, and more.

As I was leaving the gym yesterday I found myself asking, What would happen if they had godly role models to follow in their home, workplace, or church? Would they have made different choices? Would their lives be different?

Though my locker-room friends may never read one of Nancy’s books or listen to a Revive Our Hearts radio program, our ministry is reaching women like them--women who long for authentic relationships, who are running to everything but the Source. I am praying that the Lord would use me to show these locker-room ladies where their security can be found.
(This account was written by Sandy Bixel. Sandy has served excellently at Revive Our Hearts for almost six years as Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ Executive Assistant.)

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About the Author

Paula Marsteller

Paula Marsteller

Paula has served with Revive Our Hearts for thirteen years. She is the author of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl: On Her Journey from Neediness to Freedom. There's nothing she loves to share more than the gospel-centered truths that have so transformed her own life: what it means on a daily basis to be "dead to sin, alive to God, and in Christ Jesus." Paula, Trevor, and their son, Iren, make their home in New York.