This is my story #testimony

Last week I wrote about how, for the longest time, I didn’t think I had a testimony to share. I was ordinary. God hadn’t changed my life in big, jaw dropping ways. Or so it seemed. And wasn’t that the point of people who shared their testimony at church – the high impact, spectacular stories, the near death and life altering interventions by God.

Yeah … nah.

We DO all have a story and we should all share it. If we have God in our lives, then our story has started. The way I see it, our testimony is quite simply, how God came into our lives, and the changes he has made since. By telling our story, we can glorify Him and His work in us. It doesn’t have to be attention grabbing, I think it’s more important that it’s real. And it doesn’t have to be full of biblical jargon. Keep it simple, keep it real and make it about God.

We all have a #story #testimony abbiesbabble.wordpress.com

So here’s my story…

I grew up with parents who didn’t want to believe in God. My mum grew up with extremely religious parents and unfortunately, after a life of having religion shoved down her throat, she rejected all things to do with Christianity (as far as I could see) until the last months of her life. I, however, was completely open-minded and quite curious about God. My brother and I spent part of most school holidays with our grandparents who took us to church and ensured we were exposed to the bible – which I loved. It was one school holidays, when I was seven, that I responded to an altar call at their church. I can still remember pulling on my Nan’s arm, looking up at her and saying “Nan, that’s me, I want that, I want to give my heart to Jesus”. And I did.

I didn’t do a lot with that decision growing up. Sure I went to youth group as a teen but that was more of a social thing than anything else. I always believed in God, I always defended never denied that faith, but never did I seek out a relationship with Him. Then came my 20’s, leaving home, going to University, then moving on to a bigger city. Life was busy establishing a career and partying far too hard. On the outside I was living a great big life. I was empty inside and totally dissatisfied, but never did I think to call on God.

God started tapping on my shoulder when I was married in my late 20’s. I pushed Him away saying ‘some day I will listen’. A few years after this (yes, I’m still ignoring the gentle, yet persistent reminders saying ‘Abbie I am here for you’) my first husband left me. Our daughter was six weeks old at the time. My life was thrown into turmoil. This time I responded to God. Over the next few months I talked to Him. I learnt to trust Him. I found a church – ironically my mum, who didn’t want anything to do with religion was instrumental in getting me there. The first time I walked through those doors and the worship started my heart melted. I’d never felt anything quite like that before. I was home. And I haven’t looked back.

Since then (seven years now) I have actively worked on my relationship with my heavenly father. He has changed me from the inside out in ways I didn’t know were possible. He doesn’t stop working on me – I screw up and he’s still there. And that right there is the beauty, the spectacular, the amazing and most definitely the life-altering in my story.

The emptiness I endured in my 20’s has been replaced by peace and confidence in who I am (in Him). The fears and insecurities I faced are melting away as I learn to see myself as God sees me.

He has taught me about forgiveness. I have been able to genuinely forgive people in my past – people I thought I had forgiven but until I had been truly forgiven myself, I didn’t understand what this meant.

I have been able to lean on God through the most stressful periods of my life, and retain a sense of knowing, that in spite of everything else, He will carry me through. Life hurts, but I am never alone and there is always hope.

I was sustained through five years of being single, holding on to the promise that there is a greater plan for my life – that promise is the most amazing thing. Now I am being shown what it is to be a wife within a christian marriage which is truly blessed.

I am grateful for everything I have, which I know comes from God. I also strive daily to actually live a Christian life. It doesn’t always come naturally to me (especially patience!) but as each day passes, I find the things I need coming to me more and more. I know that this is the work of my amazing God. I slip up. Often. And I am forgiven. Always.

My faith and my relationship with God are making me strive to be a better person – to positively impact my world where before, I was all about me. To Him be the glory. I’m just following the steps He places in front of me, and listening to the whispers of His voice.

I still consider myself a ‘baby christian’ and I’m okay with that. But in light of that, and the many and amazing ways my life has been changed, it’s pretty awesome to think of the possibilities as I get to know my heavenly father more and more.

Will you tell me your story?

AbbiesBabble

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13 thoughts on “This is my story #testimony

  1. This morning I scheduled a post about praying and having prayers answered to go live on Wednesday.

    Awesome post. I can relate to your mother. I had religion shoved down my throat also. It’s funny because when I look back I can see how God has been with me all along.

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    1. I’m so glad you can look back and see that you were never along 🙂

      I get very frustrated when ‘religion’ takes over faith, love and relationship. I know there’ll be a post about it at some stage in the future!

      I loved your post about praying.

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      1. Even when I was a little girl I never felt closer to God than when I was out in nature praying. I never felt that way in a church.

        I pray everywhere about everything. It was nice to look back and see how much God has been there.

        Looking forward to your future post 🙂

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  2. Beautiful, Abbie, and so touching. Isn’t it amazing how God will patiently tap us on the shoulder for a long time. He is always there, even when we don’t care that He is. Thank you for sharing your testimony–absolutely beautiful. 🙂

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  3. Well, since you asked so nicely. I’ll try to keep it brief. Like you, when I was 7 I heard God call my name. The preacher and my mom said I had to say “why” I wanted to be baptized. I couldn’t come up with an answer. Then in frustration I said, “because God wants me to.” My mom laughed and said that’s it. To me I thought that was so obvious….I was in GA’s where to progress to the next level you had memorize Bible verses. Now there is only a couple of verses I know by heart. I was in Youth Choir, Youth Group. We had wonderful ministers and I learned about God. A lot of my belief and faith started with these groups. Then came college. I shoved God into the back seat. Was the “party girl”. Just wanted to have a good time, no rules, no boundaries. I’ve heard this is because I was “over protected” or “my father was not “strict” enough. Truth is my parents loved me and I think I was testing to see how much. Met my husband, who is Catholic and I went to mass with him every Sunday. We dated for six years. The music major in me loved the ritual, the music of the mass, the history. I spent a year seeing a priest about the Catholic faith. God was back in my life. I became Catholic, got married. Settled in to a routine of mass on Sundays and a few Holy Days of Obligation. Started falling out of love with the Catholic faith. Realized, it’s not the religion that matters. It is my relationship with God. And it is strong. Don’t always pray or read the Bible like I want to, but I know I am God’s creation and God’s creations do great things! I wake up with a song in my heart and know that Life is Good.

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    1. I love His patience. When we’re not ready, He’ll keep waiting. And I couldn’t agree more wholeheartedly – it’s the relationship that matters, not the religion. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  4. Your story is a BIG defining testimony, and you’re right, everyone does have one. God took your life, a life that was without him and transformed it. Regardless of whether it has the big change, or the slow, gentle growth of someone who has always stayed on the ‘right path’ with him, it’s a powerful story, because it reflects God, his grace, his mercy, and his guidance.

    Thank you for sharing!

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