Testimony

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Your testimony is an outline of your experiences and how God has used them for HIS plan of salvation for this world. Make this one life count!

In 2013, I wrote my first testimony. As I shared my story, my life was outlined with experiences that had shaped me. How actions of others had shaped my thoughts of myself and led me down a wide path of sin, shame and guilt. It was a story of how I had overcome with a splashing of how God had played a part.

This picture of the rocky covered grounds meeting up with the softness of the waters just to find that once in those waters they too can become rough, tossing me around, perfectly represents my life. As I’m sure that most of you could say it represents yours too.

Testimonies are funny things. They never stop evolving because life never stops evolving. When I wrote my first testimony, it was like a badge of victimization and shame. Writing my story was a way to break down those barriers of anger, guilt and shame that I so long had buried within. Now several different versions and 6 years later, it has become a badge of honor to me. A way to express the gratitude I have to God for redeeming me, rescuing me and releasing me from my past.

Here’s a snippet …..

I’m here to share with you how Jesus made this “broken life”, BEAUTIFUL in spite of myself. I just thought I had worked through it but God had so much more he wanted to reveal to me. This is a story of love, grace, redemption and restoration. Jude 1 “keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life” and Romans 3 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus”.

There are so many experiences that shaped me, that played a part in my life testimony and ultimately led me down a path to a closer walk with God, a greater appreciation for what Jesus did for me and the role that the Holy Spirit plays in my life today. My experiences may have shaped me but I know WHO formed me and that knowledge is what gives me hope and smooths out the rocky and turbulent parts.

Psalm 139:13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

I was a mess. I didn’t realize it till I was hit head on with so much pain that God seemed to be my last resort. I hate to say He was my last resort but I wouldn’t be honest if I said He was my first. I learned early on that I could sway the direction of the wind by acting certain ways or saying certain words. I felt like I could conquer the world, that is called codependency and I seemed to be a master at it. In my world, that was being the master at fixing everyone else’s problems while mine were imploding around me. Till I finally couldn’t stand on my own 2 feet and allowed God to hold me up. I dropped all that baggage that I’d been carrying around, some mine and some others, and allowed HIM to free me of it.

2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Here’s a snippet…….

I gave up the fight in 2005! I knew for years that my God was there
but I never reached out for Him. So I boldly called out…… ”God, I’m handing this over to you for 1 year, then I’m done”. I was ready to meet the God that Hagar speaks of in Genesis, “The God who sees me”. As that year passed, I saw change in me, change in my husband, change in my children and it gave me hope. Hope to hold on.

This one life of mine has had it’s bumpy and winding roads but it has also shown me who God created me to be. He was just waiting for me to ask Him to show me. I can boast now all the more gladly of my weaknesses, because I know that the power of Christ rests upon me.

1 Peter 5:10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

So I type all this, to let you know that when I sought after HIM, He was found and I learned that His eyes always saw me, just as He is the God that sees you too!

Here’s a snippet……

Never underestimate, NEVER UNDERESTIMATE, what He can do through you!

Use your story, your experiences, your testimony to bring HIM glory.

Lord, thank you for allowing me to walk this journey and to share this journey with others so one day we will be with You.

Look Happy or Be Happy

The other night my 2 oldest grands and I were in the hotel and they began, as tween girls do, flipping the channel and it ended up on some cartoonish type show called, Big City Greens by Disney (not endorsing). Now we really didn’t watch much but it caught my attention because the dad was trying to get all his family together for a photo and “make” them smile. This is something that I do almost every time we are all together and I remember the days when it was like pulling teeth to get them to smile. I think they see the good in it now so they do it without grumbling. Anyway I digress. He got the picture and was so excited to have it developed and when he looked at them, it was evident that they were NOT happy. And he frowned! He then took them to the food court and they all got their favorite food and sat down to eat. As they sat there he looked around at them and noticed they were all laughing and smiling and having fun. He took at snap shot in his memory and in his mind said, “it’s better to be happy than to just look happy” .

In the day of everything being plastered on social media and everyone putting on the “happy” face, how do we distinguish between looking happy and being happy. Let’s face it. Life is hard and we can’t always keep that happy face on.

2 Corinthians 12:10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

But actually we can! Our face may not always look the part but in our heart, we can be.

Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

There is going to be hard times, if there wasn’t why would we have needed a savior. We are not promised a life with no troubles but we are promised that in HIS presence there is fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore.

Don’t allow those troubles to crush your spirit, let HIM be your good medicine and fill you with a joyful heart. If life gets tough, God will also place people on your path for you to share your sorrows with. Don’t walk alone, grab God’s hand and grab the hand of a friend and walk it together.

So turn that frown up side down and “BE HAPPY”!

Thank you Lord for giving me reason to be JOYFUL! Amen!

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It’s never too late to turn back!

I don’t know about you but I have to turn my free will back over to God daily! I’m a constant work in progress but I’m trying with each new day!

Do you yourself struggle with wanting to stray from HIS path? Do you have someone you love straying right now?

As I’ve said, I have to turn myself back everyday. I also have had and still have those I love turn away and I pray that they will turn back before their time is up.

“Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2)

It is NEVER too late to turn BACK. Pray for them, pray for me and pray for yourself!

I have a Prayer of Intercessory that I love. I found it when I was studying the Celebrations of Discipline by Richard Foster and I hope it helps you.

Binding or Intercessory Prayer for Non- believers and those who are held captive by the enemy.

In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind _______________’s body, soul and spirit to the will and purposes of God for his/her life.

I bind ____________________’s mind, will and emotions to the will of God.  I bind him/her to the truth and to the blood of Jesus Christ.  I bind his/her mind to the mind of Christ that the very thoughts, feelings and purposes of HIS heart would be within ______________’s thoughts.

I bind ___________’s feet to the paths of righteousness that his/her steps would be steady and sure.  I bind her/her to the work of the cross with all of its mercy, grace, love, forgiveness and dying to self-life.

I loose (break, smash, crush, destroy) every old, wrong, ungodly pattern of things, attitude, idea, desire, belief, motivation, habit and behavior from him/her.  I tear down, crush, and destroy every stronghold associated with these things.  I loose any stronghold in his/her life that has been justifying and protecting hard feelings against anyone.  I loose the strongholds of unforgiveness, fear and distrust from him/her.

I loose the power and effects of deceptions and lies from ___________. I loose the confusion and blindness of the god of this world from ___________’s mind that has kept him/her from seeing the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  I call forth every precious Word of scripture and every Biblical truth that has ever entered into the heart and mind of __________ that it would rise up in power within him/her now.

In the Name of Jesus Christ, I loose the power and effects of any harsh or hard words (word curses) spoken to, about or by ____________.  I loose all generational bondages and associated strongholds from ____________.  I loose, crush, smash, destroy and break all effects and bondages from ____________that may have been caused by mistakes I (or others) have made. Father, in the Name of Jesus Christ, I crush, smash and destroy generational bondages of any kind from mistakes made at any point between generations.  I destroy them right here and now.  They will not bind or curse ___________ any longer.

I bind the strong man, satan, that I may spoil his house, taking back every material and spiritual possession her has wrongfully taken from _____________.  I loose the enemy’s influence over every part of ____________’s body, soul, and spirit.  I loose, crush and destroy every evil device he may try to bring into ___________’s sphere of influence during this day.

I bind and loose these things in the Name of Jesus Christ.  He has given me the keys to the kingdom and the authority to do so.  Thank you, Lord, for the truth. AMEN

“Who the Son sets free is free indeed”

Sermon without a word

 A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending  services regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the preacher decided to visit him.  It was a chilly evening. The preacher found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his preachers  Visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the Fireplace and waited.  The preacher made himself at home but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the preacher took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone then he sat back in his chair, still silent.  The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember’s’ flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and dead.  Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The preacher glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.  As the preacher reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear running down his cheek, ‘Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I shall be back in church next Sunday.’

We live in a world today, which tries to say too much with too little.  Consequently, few listen. Sometimes the best sermons are the ones left unspoken.

 The Lord is my Shepherd —– that’s a Relationship!

 I shall not want —– that’s Supply!

 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures —-that’s Rest!

 He leadeth me beside the still waters —–that’s Refreshment!

 He restoreth my soul —– that’s Healing!

 He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness –that’s Guidance!

 For His name sake —– that’s Purpose!

 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death–that’s

 Testing!

 I will fear no evil —– that’s Protection!

 For Thou art with me —– that’s Faithfulness!

 Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me —–that’s Discipline!

 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine 

 Enemies——that’s Hope!

 Thou annointest my head with oil —– that’s Consecration!

 My cup runneth over —– that’s Abundance!

 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my 

 Life—-that’s Blessing!

 And I will dwell in the house of the Lord —–that’s Security!

 Forever —– that’s Eternity!

Lord, I ask you to be with those reading this post today, that they will seek guidance in YOU and they will pray for those they know are lost. You are a gracious and merciful God and I am so thankful! Amen!