Testimonies

“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” Revelation 12:11

Our testimonies are powerful.  John the Baptist’s testimony of who Jesus was caught the ear of the first 4 disciples.  God is not willing that any should perish but all come to repentance so He calls us to go into all the nations baptizing them and making disciples.  The Bible itself is a collection of testimonies: inspired by God, written by men, proclaiming the truth of the Lord Jesus the risen Christ. It doesn’t have to be about the time when you were saved but our testimonies are anything that we can share that testifies about Jesus’ work in our lives.  Why do you believe in Jesus, how do you know He lives?  Please, share your testimony.

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  1. Joyce Pirtle says:

    I have been a Christian since I was 12. Being 51, that’s been a while. But I never really understood the full impact of the Holy Spirit living in me, until the last 4 years or so. As I was sitting here typing this, I glanced down at a piece of paper that had been stuck back in the drawer and it was a note scribbled on what looked to be a church paper. I opened the paper up and discovered it was the program for the memorial service of a dear friend of mine, who died a couple of years ago. I only knew Kathie for 10 years and early on we didn’t speak of our faith issues. We were too busy living in the world. Yet God allowed this life to have the single greatest impact on my faith of my life. Kathie lived in Connecticut and I live in Tennessee, so we only got to see one another once or twice a year. We talked and emailed a lot, but about 5 years ago her life started falling apart. The one saving grace, was that while everything was falling apart, a mutual friend took Kathie to church with her and the Pastor and his wife, who also became good friends, lead her to Christ. Her 20 year marriage fell apart, followed by a massive stroke that left her quadriplegic. With no immediate family, Kathie’s friends(including myself from 1600 miles away) took care of her needs. This was no easy feat and that time feels now like a 2 year prayer that never ended. God drew me to Him and was drawing Kathie to Him like a magnet. There were times that when we would be making various decisions or just something as simple as how can I get on one more plane or walk one more step or deal with one more home health aide issue that prayer was the only force that got me through. Kathie wanted me to bring her to Tennessee to be close to my family. She had never lived out of New England,born in Yonkers NY, lived in Rhode Island, then settled in Connecticut.Yankee through and through. But her dream was to live close to me. I cannot begin to say here what logistical problems that entailed. I put her off for a year, then finally she said a nursing home in Tennessee or a nursing home here. So then I spent months tracking down nursing homes. My daughter worked constantly as well as my mother and I. Oh, we worked every angle..from January to April, we worked our fingers to the bone. There was lots of praying going on, until one day in early May, 2006, I realized that my big plans weren’t working. And at a single point in time, I stood alone in a hallway, crying and more or less yelling at God, “I can’t do this! If You want her here, You’ll have to do it because I can’t!” And He did. 3 weeks later as a matter of fact. My daughter, son-in-law and I were the TN connection and the whole CT crew took care of things there. And it happened. And the people in CT when looking back in hindsight, said it looked like Angels had come and just picked us all up and moved Kathie to Tennessee. And that’s exactly how it felt. Unfortunately, or fortunately from Kathie’s perspective, she became fatally ill from complications of MS and went to heaven 5 months after coming to Tennessee. But she told me she couldn’t think of anywhere else she would want to be.
    I could write a book of all the different prayers that were answered during that time, but, first of all, I’ve about worn out my welcome here and second of all, quite frankly, some of them you’d never believe . They were not always answered in the way we expected, but in the end, it all made sense.
    I was so fortunate on so many levels to have met Kathie and had the pleasure of her friendship, but more than even that, my friendship with Kathie brought me back to the foot of the cross, where I realized that my God had always been waiting for me. And I may not always understand all the twists and turns of life, but, always, even if it’s not until heaven, in the end it will all make sense.

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