Thursday, November 19, 2009

My Testimony

I ran across a blog a few minutes ago that stated leave in the comments section your testimony. So, I did but I also decided to tell you in more detail my testimony.

Ephesians 2:4-5
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

At the age of 18 just out of high school I married the man of my dreams and we began life together. Less than a year later I was pregnant with our daughter. We became parents at the age of 20(So scary I now see, but God worked in spite of me). I had been raised in church, a lifeless, dead one in my opinion but I knew right from wrong.

Alan and I went to church occasionally, very occasionally. But when our daughter was born and she began talking and copying the things we did. I knew that I did not want her doing the things I was doing. Especially the language that came out of my mouth.(By this time I had a very colorful vocabulary I might add). So the Lord began to work on me and I knew we needed to be in church. Alan and I worked around some people that were saved, they lived it and went to church. We went several times to the church that later became our home church. I told Alan one weekend that I was going to church with Nikki whether he went or not.

Well, he went with me and the Lord saved him, and I followed him to an alter and made a profession. I lived on that for 5 years but I never got complete peace of my salvation. We did get in church faithfully, a year later Alan announced his call to preach, 2 years later our son was born, a year later Alan was pastoring his first church.

So by this time, I was the young pastors wife, we were 24 when Alan took his first church.(What was God doing?Even though I was the pastors wife I never could get complete peace about my salvation. I would pray, and do all the things I knew to do. But through a series of events in my life God brought me to a place that I knew I was going to hell if I died. I had a freak accident in January of 1988 that severed the main artery in my right arm(Yes, it was an accident, I was washing dishes and a bowl fell and broke and landed on my right arm, Ouch I might add). All was well after emergency surgery, intensive therapy and so on. Later that year in June I had a car wreck, totally my fault and flipped my car. My first thought was I was going to die and go to Hell. So I handed my purse out the window in case they needed to identify me if my car was to explode. It didn't, and a stranger helped me out the car window and went on His way(can I just say it was the LORD, because He was no where around when I got out of the car). Life went on but I could not get this off my mind that my first thought I had when I wrecked that I was going to hell if I died. In September the Lord saved a lady at church that thought she was saved before. On the following Monday, God saved me and I repented of my sins and I accepted HIM as my Savior. God choose my before the foundation of the world to be HIS child, and now I am HIS and HE is MINE.

I have not always been what I should be, nor do I always do the things I should, but He always works on me and brings me back to a sweet fellowship with HIM. So what is your testimony?

In, With and Through Christ


Alan Carr said...

I am glad the Lord saved you too! Outside of the grace of God in salvation, your love have been His most precious gift to me. I praise Him for the grace that brought us together in Jesus.

Deidre said...

Wonderful, wonderful testimony! I'm so glad you posted this because there are people who need to read about God's redemption! 1John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness". Praise His Name!

Jamie Lynn said...

I was 7 and it was Bible School time at Gilead. Alan asked us all before we went home if we were saved or not and I couldn't say yes.. Because I truthfully wasn't. So I was getting ready for bed and told my mom I was scared to die and she took me to my Dad and he led me to the Lord. I was so excited to tell Chad so we called ya'lls house and he was there and we told all of you and then we called Andrew! I was so extactic. Sometimes when I get in a slump and doubt Him and all He does.. I go back to that place.

You have a wonderful testimony. Thank you for sharing it with us!! It let me know a little more about you!

chadandnikki said...

I always love to hear this. I could hear it over and over, and never get tired of it. Love ya.