Somewhere along the line, we've gradually drifted away from Joy's Faithful Fridays. I've really missed it too. Joy actually jumped in last week in getting started again, doing much better than me. She scheduled hers to post and it did. However, I procrastinated intending on doing it Thursday night to post Friday morning, and wouldn't you know it? We were hit with a storm that left us without electricity (thus no internet) until Saturday. Therefore, no post last week. So Friday's here again, and half the day is gone, but I'm going to go ahead and share this week anyway! I thought what better place to begin than at the beginning.....sharing the beginning of my Christian walk.....my personal testimony.
My testimony is really very simple. As a matter of fact, when asked to share it before, I've even struggled with the thought that it was really...well, almost....boring. I mean there are people with interesting testimonies.....like being delivered from a life of drugs or alcohol and coming to Christ, or living a really immoral life or "rough" life before finding the Lord, and so on. I love to see and hear what God has done for people like that! To me, those are interesting testimonies! Mine sure didn't measure up to those on the interesting scale!
Some time ago, however, I really felt the quiet way God spoke to my heart saying, "You're not giving Me enough credit here." What He showed me was that while I didn't think it was that interesting or that great of a testimony, in the sense of bringing me out of something terrible or huge, with a list of things I've done or low places I've been, God has spared me those things and kept me. Because of Him, and coming to know Him at an early age, God has guided my steps.
Wow! I hadn't thought of it that way until that moment. And I know God showed me that. He also made me realize that my testimony is special, because it's mine; it's what He did for me. While some people may benefit from the kind of "interesting" testimonies that I spoke of, there are others who will benefit from a testimony such as mine. Who am I to decide that? All God requires from me is to share what He's done for me, and he'll take care of the rest. I was not giving God the credit due Him!
I became a Christian at the age of ten. And also let me plug in right here to say that I had a great childhood and wonderful parents, so no rough life before this at all. About this time in my life though, I had been listening intently in Sunday School and in church services, especially for a few weeks, feeling convicted with God impressing His Word upon my heart, and knowing I needed the Lord; that I wanted Him in my life. I remember thinking on it alot during those two weeks and wanting to make sure that I knew, without a doubt, that I would have a home in heaven. I was especially convicted after watching a movie, "A Thief in the Night". It was a movie about Jesus coming back and some folks were ready for Him and some weren't. I remember playing the piano and reflecting on that movie and I knew that I wasn't a Christian. I can still remember the song I was playing when I decided that I wasn't wasting anymore time. I knew I felt that tugging from the Lord, and I was going to do something about it! So just a few days later, that following Sunday (I didn't realize then that I could just have prayed right then and there), I could hardly wait for the invitational song to begin, Just As I Am. I think I almost ran down that aisle to the front. I especially remember besides just asking the Lord Jesus Christ into my heart, I prayed, "Lord I want you to plan my life." And he has. God has guided my path from the young age of ten (childhood years), through the teenage years (those years notoriously noted for being rebellious), into married life (putting Jason and me together), and into and throughout family life (blessing us with our children in three very different ways). He has spared me alot and kept me. And I want it to be known, that I am who I am, not because of anything I've done, but because I asked Christ into my life and He has guided my paths.
One of my very favorite verses in the Bible is Proverbs 3:5-6. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths."
To God be the glory!
If you would like to share your faith, whether it be an answered prayer, your testimony, something God has done for you or showed you, a prayer request, or just anything concerning your Christian walk, we'd love for you to jump in! We are going to try to do this every Friday. We can be an encouragement to each other. Joy's post from last week's Faithful Friday is still up, which is her testimony, by the way. Click here and let her know in a comment (we haven't figured out the linky thing yet), so we can come over and read yours as well! And don't forget to grab the Faithful Fridays with Joy button.
Another thing.....I've tried several times to leave comments for my blogging friends and some of your blogs just won't let me......Carmen, Tanya....and more....those names come to mind! If your blog is not set up for anonymous and it has the comments set up on the same page as the post, it won't let me leave a comment through google at all. I wanted you to know that I'm reading your posts, but can't comment! So sorry! I'm not sure what's going on with blogger!
Thank you for stopping by! I am always excited and encouraged by your comments. God bless you! :)