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I want my testimony to honor and glorify God who saved me from a life of sin.
“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” -Revelation 12:11
My goal in my testimony is to bring someone closer to the Lord.
I was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan and I was the youngest of four sisters. We were raised in the church of God, going to services every Sunday and Wednesday. My mother would have us do our Bible reading and prayer morning and evening when we were young.
Now I am so thankful that she did this to plant the word of God in my life. She would also quote Bible scriptures and I would memorize them.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and [then] when he is old, he will not depart from it.” -Proverbs 22:6
Now with that being said, even though I was raised in the truth, I was not saved at the time and so I was not guaranteed going to Heaven. I was rebellious against my parents and against God. Even though I was out in sin, I didn’t enjoy it to the fullest due to my upbringing. When I was living at home, I would sneak alcohol in the house and drink at night when everyone was in bed. I also started smoking too because they go hand in hand. My mom used to tell me I was blowing smoke in God’s face, but I was young and I didn’t care.
One time I was at a bar waiting for my friends to meet me there. The Holy Spirit said to me, “What are you doing here?” So the Lord was still dealing with me, even when I was out in sin.
Growing up at home and being the youngest, I had many people bossing me around and telling me what to do, and so I had anger issues. There was a time when I was really angry with one of my sisters and the devil told me to go get a knife and stab my sister. I was so close to doing that. I’m so thankful to the Lord that I didn’t. I would have lost my sister, had regret, and gone to prison for the rest of my life. The devil doesn’t care about me, he hates me. My mom used to tell us, “Control that temper before it controls you.” How true that was!
I was looking for true love out in sin, but that can never be found in sin. After I moved out of my parents house, I went out on a couple of blind dates. One guy I went out with took me to a church service, then we went to the beach. After I went to that service, fear came over me and I had to go to service at home in the church of God (thank you Lord for that fear). I also dated someone who was divorced and was bent on getting revenge of his ex-wife. Nope! I didn’t want any part of that.
I felt like I always had to hide my relationships because of disapproval of my family. I was in a relationship where we were going together and he proposed marriage. I said, “We can’t do that.” He wasn’t the marrying type for me, I just wanted to have fun. I wanted a “Godly” man because of how I was raised.
The devil brought men into my life just to use me. For example: I was working at a place and a married man that I worked with started dressing up by wearing suits and cologne. He wanted to be around me all the time. My manager saw it so she called me into her office and told me what he was doing. Of course I knew that he wanted me to be his girlfriend. I was mad at my manager and I told my friends that I would be his girlfriend just because my manager didn’t want me to. I was being rebellious since I really didn’t want to be with him. He was just trying to use me and I learned he had a wife and daughter, so he moved on to someone else. That was a trap the devil set up for me.
The longer I stayed out in sin, the more wicked spirits I picked up from the movies, books, and magazines that go against God. Even though I was going through my daily life, my soul was still craving God. In 2002 I was at a crossroad, the Lord was dealing with me about getting saved. I felt if I didn’t get saved I was going to go deeper into sin and I didn’t know if the Lord would ever deal with me again. I’m so thankful that I gave my heart and my life to Jesus. He gave me the love that I craved and wouldn’t get when I was out in sin. The best part is that He completes me!
“And ye are complete in him…” -Colossians 2:10
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