I was tagged by Mark “Hat” Rackley last week to share my testimony with you. Last week was a little crazy for me, so I had to put the honor on the shelf for a while. Today, being Monday and the start of a new week, seems to be an appropriate time to do this.
My testimony is really rather boring. I was born a Christian. My parents had me baptized as an infant. When I was thirteen, after years of studying the Catechism and Bible, I was confirmed in the Lutheran Church – Wisconsin Synod. I attended Sunday school, Christian elementary and high schools. I guess you could say I’m a conservative thinker – a staunch believer in the inspired Word of God – a stubborn sinner and a very appreciative saint. I met my husband at a Lutheran high school.
Throughout my young life, I never thought too much about my faith. It was just in me. I had no Road to Damascus event which changed everything for me. My growth as a Christian was slow and steady.
When young, I saw hypocrisy in the church as people changed their normal behavior when they entered the building. I saw a difference in societal classes and exclusive cliques which I was not a part of. I often felt left out. As a senior in high school we studied the book of Acts for the entire year. I’m not sure if it was that me and my fellow students were becoming a little rebellious or what, but we didn’t see any value in studying that book. We wanted something that would prepare us for the world outside. It took me almost thirty years to realize what a gem that book is for our life preparation.
I went to church every Sunday, followed all the rules, was known as “that Christian girl,” and sometimes didn’t like the label. I guess my enlightenment came in baby steps. For many years I was going through the motions of being a Christian, but my early training pounded the law into my brain and I never truly felt the comfort of the Gospel until I was well into my fifties.
My Lord carried me through many difficult times in life. I believe that is how my relationship developed with Him – slow and steady. We struggled financially throughout our marriage. My ambitious husband worked in advertising as an art director for many years. Eventually he started his own business. The business grew to be quite successful for a while and then the bottom fell out. We lost everything except the small change we had in our pockets when leaving bankruptcy court. Life has been a series of ups and downs, but God has always been the head of our home so we know we’re in good hands. He always provides.
Through the perils of health issues, death, caring for aging parents, emotional ups and downs, God has been the foundation of our lives. I know that without him, I would have been swallowed up by the devil. Because I know all about His love for me, how can I not love Him back?
My career came as a result of volunteering for thirteen years as the drama director at my kids’ high school. I went on the writing plays that were suitable for a Christian school. My writing has always been my passion. Though I love being with young people, I fear my days of teaching are over, but I still possess a lot of information that I’d love to share with them.
As I approach the end of my days, I’ve seen enough of this world and how it has turned so far from God and His tenets for our lives. I long for the day when I will enter heaven. God places us in the world for a reason. Each day I pray that I can be an encourager to others through my writing. The road is never easy, but with Jesus at our side, we can overcome the obstacles of life.
- Now it’s my turn to suggest some of my favorite bloggers to participate in this tag. Here are the rules:
- Thank the person who nominated you to participate.
- Link back to the original post.
- Use the original featured image.
- Share your testimony in your own way, this is a tag meant for reflection and sharing the amazing gift God has given us of redemption.
- Nominate one or more people to participate.
- Enjoy the rest of your month!
My nominations are:
- Julie (aka Cookie) Cook
- David Kitz
- Chicken Grandma
- John at Eclectic Contrarian
- Mitch Teemley