Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Easter 2013

This past weekend God used Jed, Nora, myself, and about 20 other beautiful and broken sinners to show over 3,000 people at Easter service how HE has changed us.  He started, and completed His work in us…and is still working!  www.gotquestions.org describes a public testimony as follows:  A Christian testimony is given when Christians relate how we came to know the God of the Bible through the moving of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. Most commonly, we are sharing how we became Christians by God’s miraculous intervention and work in our lives through specific events.  Often we can only see that in hindsight, but sharing that experience is vital.”  Being vulnerable is scary, but the blessings far outweigh any fear or retribution we might experience.  Giving a Christian testimony is not about us.  It’s about Him.

My mask is finally off.  When you are your authentic self, you have nothing to hide.  My past is painful and ugly, but once I faced it, dug deep to find the energy to process through it, and moved forward, I was left with an amazing sense of freedom.  Freedom to be me and not someone I thought people would like.  Freedom to be honest about my problems and struggles and to share them. Freedom to share how God has led me through the darkest days of my life and how He can help others too. 

I want to make very clear that I will never force my beliefs onto anyone.  We are all entitled to our own beliefs and opinions.  All I ask is for that same respect in return.    I share the gospel and share the works that God has done in me because I am overjoyed by all He has done for me and I don’t want to keep that joy all to myself.  If I can show other people how much joy He has brought to my life, maybe they too, can experience that same joy by accepting Him into their lives. In John 4:13-14, Jesus states: “"Anyone who drinks this water (the world) will soon become thirsty again.  But those who drink the water I give (Jesus) will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life (joy)."  It’s not about forcing someone to believe, it’s about showing them the possibilities IF they believe.  And if they choose not to accept Him, that’s their choice and their right.  Some of the decisions I make today are not the same decisions I would have made in my “old life”, but they are my decisions and I own them. If they don't affect you, please respect my own right to have my own belief system and opinions.

My mom and dad, who haven’t been to church in close to 20 years, attended with us Sunday.  It was so amazing to be able to share our church family and our joy with them.  I can’t explain it.  It was a great Easter Sunday for sure.  The hard work of our friends from the past few weeks paid off as there were many who crossed that stage as new believers of the gospel!  PRAISE GOD!  Lives are being changed. Marriages are being changes.  Families are being changed.  Generations are being changed.  

God is mighty to save indeed.