Monday, July 25, 2011

My Testimony

Back in 1997 I was 17 and found myself facing an unplanned pregnancy. I was determined to keep the baby and needed help. I discovered Helping Hand Pregnancy Center (now called Solutions) and started taking parenting classes with my son’s father. Every time I walked into that building I felt something I had never felt before.

I grew up going to church, but not living and walking with Him. That feeling at Helping Hand was the Holy Spirit (I didn’t know that then) but I wanted it all the time. In Oct. of 1998 (while the relationship with my son’s father was falling apart) I accepted Jesus into my life to be Lord and savior over my life.

I have never once regretted that decision. God has changed my heart, my life. He has shown me fatherly love that I never really got anywhere else (having been myself raised by only my mom.)

Since then I have still had trials and troubles. (In 2002 I married a man I thought was walking with God, but who couldn’t handle when I became pregnant and he left while I was pregnant. In 2006 my cousin, Cristie died at the age of 29. In 2007 I slipped and broke my ankle that resulted in 2 years of therapy and surgery to finally be almost 100% of what my ankle was before. In 2009 my older brother, Eric died at the age of 32.) Yet through those situations I have actually drawn closer to the Lord. He has brought me through, showing me that His promises are true.

Also I have had tremendous blessings. From finding $5 when I had no gas money, to donated cars from strangers, to being able to buy my grandmother’s house with her holding the mortgage. It never ceases to amaze me the ways He will bless me, because He loves me so much.

It is now my goal to share His love and the good news of His son, Jesus Christ. I do so by co-directing our church’s Wed. evening children’s program, teaching in other areas of children’s ministry at church, blogging about Him, praising Him to anyone who will listen about my finances, and whatever He may desire (although I know I have missed His voice many times.)

It is also my desire to grow closer to Him daily. I know I falter and fail at this daily, but will never stop trying. I pray daily. I try to have quiet time daily. I do devotions with my boys as well as discuss what they are reading in their bibles.

I know that I could not even be parenting, let alone homeschooling with out Him. I am so thankful for His gift of Jesus for me (and everyone else on earth.) I am so thankful He called me so many years ago.



HS @ Our Debt Blog said...


Amazing story, I'm always impressed on how you make things work. I have a lot of respect for single mothers.

Now... what man runs out when his wife is pregnant???? That's also his child!! wth! sorry...


Becky R said...
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Becky R said...

My ex needs prayer. I pray for him and hope you will too. It is sad as he is missing the blessings of having his children in his life.