Before I begin, I want to thank my Heavenly Father. I am standing before you today because of His love and never-ending pursuit of me. His ways are so mysterious, amazing, and never changing. I am so grateful for the beautiful work He is doing in my life.
My only goal in writing my testimony is to glorify God. He alone is responsible for the changes I have experienced. I hope by the time I am done sharing my testimony that my story will touch someone’s heart and help them see how great life is when you walk in it with the Lord.
I was not in a family who taught the love of Christ. They did not go to church. I met a wonderful woman who took me under her wings and truly introduced me to the Lord. This is where the seed was planted in me. If church was open rain, sleet, or hail I was there.
I experienced some traumas as a young child that no child should ever go through and never dealt with them. Later in my life I turned away from God and got really mixed up. I turned to drugs and ran as far away from the Lord as I could get my feet to carry me.
I met my now husband, Joe and I started to turn my life around. I got married, got off the drugs, and turned my life around. I had everything in the world but happiness. I was so full of bitterness, anger, contempt, and resentments. My heart was broken, and I had put up a wall so thick and calloused so no one could ever hurt me again.
I was making myself and everyone around me suffer because my heart was so sick with all of this mess. My family was subjected to intense mood swings, anger, rage, and my marriage began to fall apart. All my relationships were in turmoil. I couldn’t socialize with people and didn’t want to.
My husband convinced me to start attending church again to possibly help us. I went thru soar parts 1, 2, & 3. While there, I finally surrendered my life to the Lord completely for the first time and it’s been a beautiful journey. I had been in church but never truly had a relationship with the Lord and I have to say it is blowing my mind! There is a spark that has been lit up and I WANT MORE of it.
The changes that have taken place within my heart are miracles to me. It’s like I have been in darkness and now am in the light. Since surrendering my life over everything has changed for the better. My marriage is stronger, my family more healthy, the anger, rage, and bitterness are all gone.
I just came back from Quest. What an amazing experience. The Friday before quest started, I began to have doubts about whether or not it was my time to go. I prayed about it but still worried about it. I went outback and noticed the clouds looked very strange.
Then I noticed they took the shape of a woman sitting. The woman was holding in her hands an open book. Out of the book came a sword! Quest… The fellowship of the sword. I mean I couldn’t have asked for a clearer answer than that.
When I looked at the face of this woman… It resembled my own. The holy Father was speaking to me before I even got to quest. He confirmed for me in those clouds that I was meant to go. While at Quest, I heard the Lord loud and clear. He told me that my identity is found in Him. He has a plan and a purpose for me, and all I have to do is CHOOSE to walk in it. Choose life! He also told me I am a new creation, old things have passed away, new things have come. I am his daughter; He loves and adores me.
Isaiah 43:18-19 says,
Remember not the former things of old. See, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth. Shall you not be aware of it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
The Lord is working miracles in my life and this scripture just fit so well to my testimony.
Upon trying to write this I found words are hard to come by when trying to describe all the amazing wonders He has done in my life. Trying to explain things I do not fully understand myself is difficult. I only hope this testimony will light a spark within someone that will ignite a passion for the Lord. Without His amazing grace and mercy, I wouldn’t have the hope that now fills my soul. The hope of life everlasting with Jesus, our king. I choose life over death.
I choose to put on my armor and serve God. I give PRAISES and GLORY to my creator and truly pray that anyone who hears this receives the message and the love of Christ. The transformation for me has been drastically noticeable. You can see the joy and the light that God is filling me with. He is so big and so awesome!