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T E S T I M O N I E S:

If you ever have doubts about if your music has impact then read this.

When I was 8 years old my parents divorced. I had 3 younger brothers of which the youngest was still in diapers. My mom never showed up for the custody hearings so we lived with our dad. My dad was quiet and didn't relate to us very much, no hugs, no "I love yous". He was distant. We were the poorest family in our school so we were made fun of all the time. I had the responsibility of raising my brothers. We were rejected and abandoned by our parents, the ones that were supposed to be there for us. When I was 19 I started to hang out with a group of young people my age who were Christians. I knew about Jesus but didn't know Him. One night as we were singing praise songs the Holy Spirit began to touch my heart with His love. The words we were singing about Jesus touched me deeply. I sat there in the living room fighting back the tears as I was realizing just how much Jesus loved me. I after we were through singing I asked one of the guys there how to accept Jesus. He told me and I went home and prayed and accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior!

I got married and had a daughter. Everything seemed ok in life. I still had issues and addictions though and the enemy played on that. The enemy used my lifetime of rejection and abandonment against me. One day in the midst of sin the enemy told me that I had sinned one too many times and had lost my salvation. I was struck with terror and my blood ran cold in my veins. I lived in torment for many many years, I was just exisitng not living. I was guilt ridden and addicted, defeated because I didn't know that my Heavenly Dad loved me still. The years of rejection by my parents and classmates had taken their toll. I ministered and God used me but inside I was a mess. 16 years ago my wife suddenly passed away, my daughter was 9 at the time. Another blow to me, another abandonment, another life disappontment.

One day at a church I was pastoring someone handed me your CD. I took it home and immediately went to the song "Step into grace". From the very first note of the song God began to touch me. As you sang the words I began to sob and cry uncontrollaby. It was as if God was speaking directly from His heart to mine. Years of guilt and shame and condemnation began to crumble and break away. I listened to the song over and over. I then listened to the whole CD. Whenever I feel guilt and shame hit me I listen to your music.

Laura, God used your music to save my life, literally. And it isn't just me that your music has had a tremendous impact on. I have used your CD to minister to others. I personally know of many people who were in a spot like mine who were touched just as deeply as I was.

I wish that I could tell you how much I appreciate you and your music, thank you seems so inadequate. Just know that I am very thankful that God had me listen to your music, you are an instrument of healing and restoration. It is with tears of joy and happiness and gratitude that I write this to you and say to you , Thank you Laura!

God bless you and your family!

In Christ,
Jon from Austin Texas

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Wow!  Where do I start.  As many will testify of the times they are facing, we too have endured the harshest financial set backs yet.  It began after learning that I was pregnant with our 3rd child who was born November 2007.  At that time I was a youth leader watching revival break out in measures that we had stood, prayed for, and anticipating for years--as well, I was the sole financial provider of my family with an assistant manager position at a Title company in beautiful Southern California.  Life was getting bigger by the minute, but my pregnancy endured complications and forced me on disability.  Soon after, our growing company filed bankruptcy and dissolved the many offices throughout California.  We found ourselves relocating to Northern California last June, downsizing our income by 70%, enduring a new life without daddy 6 weeks at a time, and many times not knowing how to make ends meet.  We faced food banks, Social services, repossession, and bankruptcy all at one time--with no end in sight.  A very exhausting and defeating road to journey. 

Because I have been so passionate and faithful in ministry and intercession for years, I found myself growing angrier and angrier that our family's needs were not being met.  I had hit a huge low where my trust and affections for the Lord had grown very, very still.  At one point at a church service, I could not repeat with the others in the congregation that the Lord was Good and Faithful for me.  I had seen the many ways the Lord was providing for those around me, but for me and my home, it was not evident.  Although worn to almost nothing in the financial arena, the one area that was clearly different was the closeness I had with my husband.  While our financial needs were severely challenged, the presence of the Lord was also carrying my husband and tenderly rekindling our hearts as a family.  

One evening last Fall, I ended up placing Laura's, The Soaking Room Vol 1, on as I have before.  This time, is was not only the presence of worship that accompanied the music, but the Lord Himself ministered to me.  I felt him physically in my home and fell into a deep "sleep" where I felt Him very close to me--like I was lying on His chest.  It was as if He was washing me with Laura's words and music.  I woke an hour later with rivers of peace (overshadowing all my anxiety) and felt the deepest healing from the inside out.  I knew I had been in the tangible presence of the Lord.  That evening has been the critical turning point for so many other events we have had to face.  While we are enduring another move currently (this time out of state), the unquenchable faith that has carried us to this point has been undeniable.  My husband is already living out of state (we will be reunited the end of June) and financially we are still working very hard to regain the ground our family needs.  Peace and Grace are all over the place.  I have a deeper experience of intimacy that has positioned my heart to honor and rely on the Goodness of the Lord when it looks so different otherwise.  I know He's with us and will never leave us!  It's been a road both personal, corporate, and sovereign. 

Thank you thank you thank you!  It only continues as The Soaking Journeys album has again wrecked me and brought me even closer to my Father and His love for me and everything that concerns my heart! 

It's been a long couple of years... the breakthroughs are still pending...  and the Lord is ever so close!

Why, O Jacob, do you say, and declare, O Israel, My way and my lot are hidden from the Lord, and my right is passed over without regard from my God?  Have you not known?  Have you not heard?  The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary;  there is no searching of His understanding.  He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength (causing it to multiply and making it to abound).  Even youths shall faint and be weary, and (selected) young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted;  But those who wait for the Lord (who expect, look for, and hope in Him) shall change and renew their strength and power;  they shall lift their wings and mount up (close to God) as eagles (mount up to the sun);  they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.  Isaiah 40:27-31 Amplified

For our King and His Kingdom,
Chrissy from California...soon to be living a full life in Texas!  :O)

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Your CD The Soaking Room was used during our second annual Sisters in The Spirit Women's Ministry SHUT-In. I believe it was the first time the majority of women present experienced "soaking." Hearts cried, tears flowed, lips prayed, spirits touched as our Sisters were drawn even closer to our loving Heavenly Father. I know that lives have been changed. Some said they felt cleansing, refreshing, hope, peace, joy ... It was such an awesome experience. I look forward to receiving Volume II Blessings,

Pastor D -- Maryland

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Just wanted to say that I just got your cd in the mail a few days ago and it has been so awesome to listen. There has been such an outpouring of the Holy Spirit over my times with the Lord when I listen to it. I love it ! Thankyou for being sensitive with the Lord and letting Him sing through you to the people......powerful powerful worship cd.......awesome..I love it ! I can't stop listening to it. Wonderful ministry !

Kelli

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Your worship ministry - particularly Father's House - has helped me with focusing on the love of God as the greatest restorative power.

Enjoy the wonders of God today, Pastor Debra

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I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful album 'The Soaking Rom' We have been playing it constantly and it breathes the presence of God - thank you or your wonderful heart for Jesus and your sensitivity to his heart - the heart of David! I look forward to volume 2!

Mark, Frankston, Australia

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Many are being blessed by Laura.

B. Johnson, Redding, CA

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Laura and team...please know that your music ushers me right into the throne room of grace. It brings me to tears as I sit at Jesus' feet and worship. Thank you for being obedient to sing and record it.

Be blessed...Stephen

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I just bought your CD today and I have to tell you WOW!!!! I haven't had a CD like this in a very long time!! I was immediatly in His presence and soaked through the whole cd and wanted more! Oh THANKYOU SO much for sharing your gift of worship with the body of Christ. I can't wait for the next one! May He always keep you in total love with Himself and in the secret place of His heart, God Bless you back as much as you have Blessed me.

Love, your sister, Rebecca

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I am from the city of Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa and I have been touched by your gift.  I attended a Ladies Retreat and was exposed to your music there. I was so blessed and touched by it. For 40 minutes I could just sit at the feet of God and be touched by Him. This is the perfect CHRISTmas gift. Looking forward to hearing form you.

Blessings Lolo:)

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This Saturday afternoon, I'm leading 3 groups of high school girls for a total of 300 girls in a Soaking experience during a Girls Conference here in Abilene. I'm using your cd!! I know God has big plans for this time. This cd is so anointed with His love and that is what they desperately need to hear. I'm so excited I just wanted to share this with you and ask you to pray for us. Thank you!

Candy

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Dear Laura and Team,



I just wanted to send a note to say what a great blessing your Volume 1 Soaking Room CD is to us. We have ongoing soaking meetings on every Monday in a home, and every Thursday in the Chapel section of the facility. I am always looking for fresh and anointed music and your CD is awesome. I think we have just about every Rivera CD and are looking forward to adding your contribution to our library of Soaking Music as well.

I have shared your web site with many and the word is out. Your style is fresh and the lyrics are very intimate and prophetic. Keep up the good work! We appreciate your love for the Lord and His Body.

Happy Soaking!

Blessings, Greg - Seattle, WA

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I am so happy to have been able to download your cd. Every time I am soaking with this music God speaks to my heart very deep down, so that the last two day I really have sensed a change in my walk with the father. I am so much happier about having such a wonderful Daddy. I really had some heart (and I hope and believe life-) changing revelations about the love of God! Thank you sooooo much, because I have been soaking for two years and it has been o.k., but now I got a kick, I am so happy about it!!!!!!!!

Keep going, Laura, your anointing is for people like me!! I had no father and my stepfather hasn't been able to show any love or affection towards me. I also didn't grew up with my mother, so I have spent over 14 years of searching the love of God, I have been hungry and I am hungry forever for God, but I feel like I have come home and I am loved like a princess. It feels so good.

So I am looking forward to your next CD!!!!

Bless you.

Iris -- Germany
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I am BLOWN AWAY by the beauty of your voice and the words that you sing as you flow in the Holy Spirit. Especially Song 6 -- I am reduced to a flood of tears and total acceptance. I imagined what it would be like to have this song played in prisons -- words they've never ever heard over them in their entire lives. I believe the effects would be greater than we could ever know. I speak abundant BLESSINGS upon you and over you.

Cheryl - Canada
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Everyone that listens to your C.D. with me gets blessed. I have used it to accompany me a few weeks ago when I taught a workshop for teens at a youth conference. They loved it and were encountering the father's love...weeping and crying. Thank you!

Julia- California, USA
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The Holy Spirit is TRULY flowing through Laura and she is clearly HEARING the Voice of the Father and of Jesus... just listening to the tracks made tears run down my cheeks and I SAW the Father and had an encounter with Him in a short minute! The Glory that JESUS gave us, who believe in Him, to BE One with the Father, is on this project... His Glory came down and reconciled man to the Father so that God and man could now be man with God... Selah.

William – Georgia, USA
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WOW! What beautiful music!! I listened to it last night and truly soaked, and have it playing again today. It is so beautiful in every way, vocally, instrumentally, and as a precious fragrance unto the Lord! What an anointing. It truly brings you not only into His presence, but deeply into His presence. Thanks so much! I need the encouragement, hope, and renewed faith that that it brings!! Bless you, Michael, and the children.

Cathy - Tennessee, USA
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I was at a conference where Laura was ministering in April, and my life was seriously "interrupted", and forever changed, there. I had an encounter that I was giving a testimony about, and I started weeping while standing in the back of the downstairs meeting room. The whole group of people pretty much started crying, too. Shortly after that, Laura sang a song "over" me that causes me to sob to this day. (A friend captured a snippet of it on her camera's video and I now have that "blurb" on a DVD). I truly wish I could access the full song, as it has continued to minister to a most WOUNDED part of me that I thought would never be soothed. I have never had an experience (or experiences) such as I had there, and will forever, FOREVER, treasure the gift the Lord shared with me through Laura. My heart melts, even now, as I write this ... I needed a touch so badly from my Heavenly Father ~ and received more than I could have fathomed that night in that little room. God bless you all, VERY much, and I pray that I will be able to meet up with you again some day. Thank you, especially, Laura

Sue – Oregon, USA