“For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh….” —Galatians 5:17
When I was a young girl, I dreamed of getting married and having children. As I grew into my teen and young adult years, that dream faded. A new dream of an accomplished career emerged. I felt fulfilled by intimate relationships without marriage and no longer wanted children. Then I became a Christian, and the Holy Spirit birthed in me a desire for His will for my life.
I felt the Spirit redirect my life focus. God wanted me to remove the career from the lofty place it held in my heart and allow that original dream of marriage and children to re-enter. This was not an automatic shift in my heart! I was in conflict with God, but I prayed that the Holy Spirit would change me. I prayed for God to send me a husband and for a desire for children. Years later, my prayers were answered. I am currently happily married with two wonderful teenagers, and I could not imagine life without them. I should also mention that God has given me a distinguished career as well, but it is so much less important than my family. Now it seems hard for me to understand how I ever prioritized career so high in my life before Christ. God is good and knows our innermost desires. He delights in giving us good gifts. Our greatest joy will be found in His path for our lives.
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” —1 John 4:4
Before I became a Christian, my goal when I drank alcohol was never to get tipsy. It was always to get drunk. I was not an alcoholic. I only drank on the weekends when I was out with friends, but I drank excessively when I did drink. I had a drinking problem because I could never stop after one or two drinks. I made poor decisions when I was drinking, and those choices really damaged relationships with the ones I loved.
Shortly after I became a Christian, I felt like I should give up drinking since I could not do it in moderation. I wrote a contract promising God I would not drink. I kept the contract perfectly for years, but then I began to backslide and would sometimes drink. However, it was not the same as before. God had done something amazing in me over those years when I did not drink. He gave me the ability to drink in moderation and not become drunk.
Shortly thereafter, God delivered me from my backsliding ways. I decided to give up drinking again. This time it was not because I had a drinking problem, but it was because I know I make the best decisions for myself and my family when I am completely sober. My relationship to God seems so much closer to Him when there is nothing between us. I feel truly grateful to God for delivering me from the cycle of a drinking problem as well as the negative consequences such as destroyed relationships with loved ones. Thanks to God—I am free!
I heard this testimony from a widow in my Christian church home group. She said her driveway started cracking and crumbling beyond repair. It needed to be replaced. The widow knew she did not have the funds for a new driveway so she started praying. She felt the Lord told her not to worry about it. He would take care of it for her. As time went on, the driveway grew worse. She began to become concerned that her car was being damaged by it. She was feeling desperate and reminded the Lord again of His promise to her. The next day there was a knock at the door. It was an employee of the water company. He notified her of a large water main break in the area. They pulled up her driveway, fixed the water main break, and then repaved her driveway. The widow had received a brand new driveway without paying a single penny! The Lord comes through on His promises.
I was at the store yesterday shopping for a shirt to wear to Thanksgiving dinner. I found the perfect one on clearance for $9! We were running late for church so I handed it to my teen daughter with $11 to pay for it while I pulled up the car. My daughter arrived at the car with the shirt and my $11. I asked how she paid for it, and she said the person behind her gave her a coupon that made the shirt cost nothing! I could have easily afforded the shirt, but I LOVE to see how God provides. Plus it encourages me to be more generous with my giving since I know God’s has endless amounts of provision and creative ways to provide for us. Things like this happen to our family often. I am grateful for the opportunity to share this testimony with others. I hope you and your family enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday. I pray the Lord provides for your family in some special way this week so you will know He is looking after you. God bless!
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At church, we are always discussing the amazing things God has done. Sadly, those who do not attend church do not get to hear them. So I heard this true story last week, and it has been burning in my heart to share it with you. Here it is:
There were two young adults having a conversation while the parents of one of the boys stood nearby. One young adult admitted he thought he believed in God, and asked the other young adult if he did. The other guy said, “No.” Just then the rim of his glass of water suddenly shattered without cause. The rest of the glass was still intact with water inside. It was just the rim that had shattered.
I heard that true story from one of the parents who had witnessed it first hand. The other parent was there and confirmed it happened just as he said it did. It was such an interesting testimony. There are a ton of intriguing stories about God on YouTube when you search “Christian testimonies.” Check it out and seek God in this simple way, Doubting Thomas.
“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” —John 21:25
I have set out to share some of the testimonies of God’s faithfulness in my life. The truth is God has done so many more things than the ones I have mentioned. There were so many times the Lord helped me to find things I had lost and searched for hours—only to find it within minutes after I remembered to pray. There were numerous occasions that our family received opportunities that we never even dreamed of pursuing or put any effort into acquiring. Our Almighty God has rescued my loved ones and myself from other habits and addictions. God has healed more family members from serious diseases through natural means by taking commonsense approach to medical care. Even a family member who passed on had one more lucid moment to say goodbyes. In so many ways, God has shown me He is real and loves me more than I can imagine in spite of my past sins.
God has not loved me more than anyone else on Earth. He loves us all the same. He wants to be a part of your life. If you have already given your life to Christ, you probably have a few true stories you could share about His faithfulness. If you have not accepted God’s free gift of salvation, consider praying this prayer with me right now:
Lord, thank You that Your Son has died on the cross for my sins. I trust His blood has washed me clean and reconciled us. I believe Jesus rose from the grave on the third day and that He lives to intercede for me. I accept Your free gift of salvation, and I am ready begin our love story. Be my Father, my Friend, my Counselor, my Guide, my Healer, my Deliverer, and my faithful God. In Christ’s Name, Amen.
Congratulations on such a great decision! I pray your journey will be filled with many miracles and supernatural circumstances.
“The LORD will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life…” —Psalm 121:7
My son will soon be a teenager. When we celebrate his birthday, we will not only commemorate the day he was born but also the fact that he has survived so much adversity. If I shared every harrowing situation he has experienced, we would be here all day so I will just share some of the most difficult examples. He nearly choked to death, almost drowned, and was even hit by a car. Then, of course, there are his allergic reactions to everyday products and allergy-induced asthma.
Sometimes I feel like there is an invisible force that means to harm my son. I cannot see what is happening in the spiritual world, but I know God protects me and my loved ones. I see evidence that God does what He says in Psalm 121:7. He keeps us from harm and watches over our lives. God is good.
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” —Philippians 4:13
I had been smoking for twenty years. I hated the bad habit, but I did not have the power to stop on my own. Then I saw an advertisement for a smoking cessation pill and decided to give it a try. After a few days, I had not even cut back on my smoking. It did not seem to be working on me. I tried combining the pill with a nicotine patch. Nothing decreased my desire to smoke. Although the pill had failed, it was causing some frightening side effects. I started suffering from intense panic attacks. I wanted to quit so bad that I continued taking the pills. After three weeks, I was still a smoker.
Then one day my heart started racing. I felt like I could not breathe. I told myself it was just a panic attack and tried to relax. After about 30 minutes, the panic attack was still going strong. In desperation, I cried out to God and begged Him to make the anxiety attack stop. Then I heard the Lord. He said, “I will do this if you will stop smoking.” My heart must have agreed because it stopped in that second. Oddly, the desire to smoke was also completely gone. The Lord took away my desire for cigarettes, and I never smoked again. That is the strength of our Almighty God.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” —James 1:17
I received a letter from the elementary school about my daughter. She had failed an eye screening. Within a few days, I took her to the eye doctor. He confirmed that she was nearsighted and needed glasses. I thought they looked cute. She hated them. She kept them in a desk at school and only wore them to see the board.
In middle school, I asked her if she had been wearing her glasses in class. She said, “No, my eyes seem better.” I laughed. I told her that nearsightedness only gets worse as people get older. Imagine my surprise when she scored perfectly at her annual doctor’s appointment. The doctor could hardly believe it and tested her again. He said, “Nearsightedness does get better sometimes, but it is really rare.” My daughter happily stopped wearing her glasses in class. I praised God because I knew He was the One who restored her vision.
“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.” —Revelation 2:4
Before I was saved, I could hear absolutely nothing spiritual at all. After I was saved, my ears were opened—not only to the Lord, but also to other spiritual entities. Sometimes I heard angels; other times I heard demons. At least twice, I am fairly sure I heard directly from Satan. It seems like it would be easy to know the difference, but discernment of the spirits was not a gift of mine. I tried very hard to listen to the Lord and tune the others out.
Then things changed after I met up with an old friend. She also had spiritual ears, and I tried to be open minded about the angels she said she could hear over the next year or so. During this time, the Lord spoke to me clearly and repeated the Bible reference “Revelation 2:4.” I would flip there, read it, and feel confused why He said I had forsaken my love for Him. He said it so often that I no longer had to flip there because I had memorized it.
Over time, my friend and I drifted apart. I realized the love I had forsaken Him for were these meaningless voices of angels. (Who even knows if they were angels?) I returned to asking only for the Lord to help me, praying to the Lord only, and for the Holy Spirit to help me discern His voice. There is no other entity on earth that can help anywhere near as much as my powerful one and only God. Praise be to Him!