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Share Your Testimony (SYT): A Father’s Love


….in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:37-39).

This testimony is from a reader, like you, who wants to spread the good news of God’s love for us.  God’s love is so deep that some reject it because they are unable to understand it.  But, the author of this testimony has not only accepted God’s love for her but she is willing to share her first hand experience with us all.

My life before I came to Christ.

Friday  morning  March 16, 2012. I was living with my boyfriend at the time, and on probation for possession of methamphetamine. I failed to appear for an appointment, and was in violation. Tired of being on the run, I decided I would return home, pay an attorney, see my children, and get in and out of jail as soon as possible. Well my earthly father, and my Heavenly Father had other plans. When I returned home, my father had me arrested. As I was led off to jail, I spit in my fathers face. The next day, when I sobered up, I realized it was my fathers birthday. How ashamed I was. Still 30 days in jail, and my intentions was to get out, and get high.
How I came to a cognitive knowledge of who Jesus is and what He did for me.
I was hungry. I thought for food. This woman in jail was so nice to me. She fed me, every time I saw her she would smile the biggest smile and say ” how are you today Ms. Christie”. A few days later she went home. I missed her, and thought, I hope she is doing well. I noticed an open book in the book return box. It had her name in it.  I was so disappointed when I closed the cover, and realized it was a Christian book, How  To Grow Your Faith. It meant so much to me, the way she treated me I read it anyway. In fact I read it three times in one afternoon. The book talked about the parable of the mustard seed. My cell mate said ” yes Jennifer if you have faith the grain of a mustard seed, you can move mountains”. I was in church part of my childhood. I didn’t realize people still lived ” knowing” and ” trusting” in Him. I had all forgotten this. My cell mate reminded me. I started talking to God, and reading my bible.
Circumstances surrounding my conversion.
A few days later, one of the girls in jail with me, was sitting at a table crying. I walked over and asked her ” what’s wrong? She replied ” my little girl is having surgery in two days, and she wanted to go home”. I felt so bad for her my heart was breaking. I went upstairs to my room, and prayed. I said
“Lord if you’re real I’m not worthy to ask anything of myself, but that woman is desperate to be with her baby, please let her go home. In Jesus name I pray amen”.
Now this book I had read said you have to admit, believe, and confess with your mouth. I had to go tell her. I thought, if this doesn’t happen these people are going to think I’m crazy. It didn’t matter what they thought of me, my only concern was for the family. I went back down stairs, and said Tammi, ” I just prayed and you’re going home to your daughter”. She said ” thank you they are checking on a furlough”. I then asked “what’s a furlough”? She explained. I told her ” Tammi, I didn’t know about furlough’s, I just asked that you get to go home with your daughter. She again thanked me, and went to her room. Two days later we all finished breakfast, and I hear her name called for court. I asked her cell mate, “did Tammi have court today”? She replied ” no”. I was so excited! She came back after a couple of hours. She started up the stairs, her face was red and soaked from crying. She cried out ” Jennifer you where right I’m going home to be with my baby”!
My spiritual growth from the time I accepted Christ to today.
I “knew” the Lord was real, and realized at that moment, the sacrifice He paid for me, and for all who believe. I know each day is a blessing, I finally found the food, I was so hungry for. The “real bread of life”. I have a peace about me, that people notice, and a sense that as long as He is in control everything will be alright. From an earthly father’s love to put his first born daughter in jail. To a heavenly Father’s love, to bring her out.

My Hope: 4 Reasons to Rejoice

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have (I Peter 3:15).

By the time I reached the age of 6, I had a considerable amount of reasons to feel despair. With every passing year the more heartache, disappointments and defeats began to mount. At certain points in my life, it became really difficult to remain optimistic about my outlook. However, today I can say with certainty that my Savior never let me go. He was always there….that “flickering light” of love, hope and joy within me…that notion that there is a reason to rejoice.

I Peter 3:15 says I should be prepared to give an answer to those who ask me my reasons for hope. I have countless reasons but if I had to summarize them all in one song it would be Tye Tribbett’s, He Turned It. The lyrics to the bridge of the song is

The devil thought he (had me). Thought that my life was (over). He thought by now I’d (give up). He thought I had no (more). But that’s when someone (Greater). Stepped in my (situation). My morning has now begun…”

The lyrics to the bridge of this song alone succinctly express my reason for hope. Quite simply, I am hopeful because: 1) Jesus died and rose to save me, 2) I am the Child of the Most High God, 3) I am Heir to God’s promises, and 4) there will be no more sorrow or tears.

Jesus Died and Rose to Save Me

Saved from Death: There is a lot in God’s word that has helped me to understand the magnitude of my Heavenly Father’s love for me. He sent His only begotten Son as a sacrifice so that I may have eternal life (John 3:16). I no longer have to fear death. I now know that because I believe that Jesus is the only begotten son of my Heavenly Father and that He came into this world to save me and have risen and now sit on the right hand of my Heavenly Father, I shall have eternal life. So what shall I fear? I know if I continue to believe what the world tells me and all of the “noise” around me, I have lots to fear but that is not truth. I have to continue to meditate on the truth of eternal life so that I stay firm in my joy when everything around me indicates I should be in despair.

When I take a moment to truly grasp the magnitude of the love God has for me I become overwhelmed with emotion. I imagine sending one of my daughters into the lion’s den to save…let’s say, an enemy. Would I do it? While I know when all is said and done my daughter will be okay….just the thought of her being tortured, even for a moment, is unbearable. But, God love me so much that He did just that. Jesus was sent as an atoning sacrifice for me….for you. What a love! I don’t think I will ever fully understand and appreciate the magnitude of such love in my present state.

Saved from a Worldly life: There is a peace…a completeness…a purposeful feeling when walking in the will of my Heavenly Father. I have a testimony of doing things my way…living a worldly life with all the emptiness it provides. But, it pales in comparison to living for my Heavenly Father, through Jesus.

Scripture teaches me in Chapter 2 of Titus that “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good (v. 11-14).”

I recall a time in my life that I was often criticized by people I considered to be friends. I would often hear words like “holier than thou,” and “bible thumping.” Initially, it really hurt that my friends didn’t understand. I was confused because my friends attended church and, on most occasions, were kind. In my youth I would, on occasion, listen to provocative music and attend parties that made me uncomfortable just to show people I am not perfect.   With age, I no longer wanted to prove anything to anyone but God. With my life, I want to show that I am grateful for His love, mercy and grace. Every day, I learn what giving my life over to the Holy Spirit means….what it looks like. I am no longer invited to as many parties as before and people tend to study me intensely looking for imperfection so that they can declare “that I’m not a real Christian!”

Child of the Most High God

God’s word tells me that as a believer, I am now a child of God (Galatians 3:26; John 1:12). I get excited thinking about what that means. As a mother, I know how it feels to love and care for a child. I know that all that I can provide for my children, I will and do…by the grace of God. So much more so must be the care God has for His children. God’s word confirms that “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (Matt. 7:11).” God also tells me that His plans for me are prosperous (Jeremiah 29:11) and that “all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).”

Even more exciting about being a child of the Most High God is to know I have an inheritance. “This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time (I Peter 1: 4-5).”

Heir to God’s Promises

The reason for my hope is that I know I am heir to God’s promises. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:29). God promises me long life on earth (Ephesians 6:3), peace (John 14:27; Proverbs 1:33), power and strength (Isaiah 40:29-31), and to supply all my needs (Philippians 4:19). These are a few of many of God’s promises.

No More Sorrows or Tears

God reveals in the 21st chapter of Revelation that upon Jesus return there will be no death, sorrow and mourning.

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away (Revelation 21:1-4)”

There will also be singing and everlasting joy:

And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it. No lion will be there, nor any ravenous beast; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there, and those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away (Isaiah 35: 8-10).

These are my reasons….my 4 reasons to love, rejoice and live in the fullness of the day the Lord has made! 4 reasons for trusting God.  4 reasons to forever abound in love, hope, peace and joy!