Today I am excited to share with you another Christian Testimony. Every Christian Testimony has the potential to reach the hearts of many different people. I always say – “we are different, yet we are the same”. Not all of us experience the same struggles and curve balls that get thrown at us in life. Yet, we all experience personal struggles and our own curve balls.
When we are courageous and share how we have gotten through our own struggles it can have a huge impact on others. Giving your personal Christian testimony is a way to share God’s never ending love, grace and mercy. Through sharing your personal experience you give others an example of how God changes lives. It can also encourage others to continue to press forward in their lives as it gives them hope.
Amy Blair adores her main gig as a stay at home mom to a very wise 14-year-old son and a super spunky 1-year old daughter. As an aspiring author, she loves to write and finds it very cathartic. She loves to look for inspiration in everything and hopes to inspire others through her writing.
Amy has learned and experienced a lot about parenting, health, anxiety, depression, God, grief, relationships, struggling, and emotions. You can expect to find her writing to be light-hearted and humorous, but also heavy and emotional. On her blog, she hopes that sharing her struggles and experience can teach, inspire, entertain, and make others feel not alone. You will find her blog by clicking on the link North Forth Street
Amy’s Christian Testimony
ICP, Cradle of Filth, Marilyn Manson, Anton LaVey, (if you don’t know these names, it’s okay, trust me, you don’t need to) drugs, sex, partying, dropping out of high school, and ruining marriages.
That was me. That was my life and all things I was partaking in…. barely 17 and halfway through my junior year.
I made a choice to quit school and run away from my life to live with a married man. Who happened to be a new father and was not a fan of God by any means, actually quite the opposite. The crazy part was, I didn’t even care! None of that even mattered to me!
I wouldn’t say I was wild or a rebel, that is not what I was trying to be anyway. My intentions were not doing it for attention that is for sure. I was just lost and deeply consumed with love. I wanted my life to be my life and I thought ANYTHING was better than the tension-filled, unwelcoming home life I was living through.
Me at 16 before my life took a turn for the worst.
My life was completely out of control in every way. If it was bad, I was doing it. To say I screwed up my life is an understatement. It was never my intention, but it was fun, it came easy and it was a great escape from my home life.
Misguided and lost, yet I thought I was having the time of my life. And who knows maybe it was in a way.
I was certainly gaining a lot of new experiences and meeting all kinds of new people and lifestyles, some I will never forget.
Paying A High Price
But this kind of lifestyle comes at a cost. It has a way of catching up to you and there is no way to escape the consequences that wait for you. Like a ripple effect, these poor choices have a way of affecting your life for a long time into the future.
The evil was brewing, tensions were building, people I hung around were losing their lives from poor choices, while others ended up in prison.
Anger and selfishness were dominating my life.
After a couple of years, my relationship that I sacrificed my entire future for became like a scene from a horror show and my face and body were taking the brunt of it.
Damaging Effects Of This Lifestyle Choice
This is a lifestyle that turns ugly real fast, so fast that you don’t know how to get back out
This is a lifestyle where you can’t trust people for very long. No one genuinely cares about you, but more about what you have to offer and loyalty doesn’t exist.
This is a lifestyle that you look back on and realize you were really blessed to walk out of alive from all the poor choices made back to back.
Hopping around staying on friend’s couches while most of my belongings traveled around in the back of my car wherever I went after my relationship went south. Even then though, it was still an on and off again relationship for a long time. Obviously, I had not one ounce of self-worth.
I wish I could say that was my lowest moment and it all turned around after that. When your life is that messed up it takes a lot of work to regain your perspective and do the right thing.
It was a very slow process, peeling back all the layers until there was nothing left and nowhere else to run to. In all honesty, the process of redemption didn’t really start until I had my son several years later.
He Pursued Me
I wish I could say that it was me who decided to really seek God and Jesus but it was Jesus who came after me.
He knew my innermost being and by giving me a child he knew that was the key to my heart; a wake-up call that would get my attention enough to form action. That was His attempt to get me on a path that was intended for me since God created me, and pull me out of the sin-drenched life I was living.
The Little Face That Changed It All
There is nothing like being handed a tiny person to take care of to make you turn your life in a different direction.
The way I looked at is — I may have screwed up my life but here is this new innocent little baby that has a brand-new start to life.
Babies don’t ask to be born. They are a result of choices two other people make, whether intentional or not. I felt I owed it to my son to not screw up his life.
My story did not have to be his, NOR did it have to affect him. So, as you could say, literally I turned the page and started a new chapter, a different life, NOT a perfect life but a baby step towards a better life…….
Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies. Psalms 107:2 NLT
More Christian Testimony From Amy
Amy has written her testimony in 4 parts and graciously allowed me to share the first part with my readers. The other three parts of her Christian Testimony can be found on her blog — North Fourth Street —. I hope that you take some time and read more of her story and see more of the transforming power of God’s grace and never ending love.
Second Part ~ Feeling Convicted
Third Part ~ Unchurched To Churched
Fourth Part ~ Run With Endurance
Accept His Invitation?
God desires a relationship with you. No matter what it is that you are walking in right now, He wants to help you through it. He doesn’t want us floundering alone in the struggles of life. A relationship with Him starts with a tug in our heart and yearning to know Him better. He is offering us salvation, forgiveness, acceptance, grace, mercy, love, kindness, healing and guidance. He is the giver of miracles. No matter how many chances He has given us – He is the giver of yet another chance.
I am inviting you to pray the “prayer of salvation”. This is the most important prayer that you will ever pray. In this prayer you acknowledge that you are ready to trust Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. When you pray the prayer of salvation, you are letting God know that you believe His Word is true and you are inviting Him to take the lead of your life.
Romans 10:9-10 ~ “if you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Biblegateway.com
If you feel the tug on your heart today, please pray the following prayer:
Today I come before you and admit that I am a sinner. I know that there is nothing that I can do that will save myself. Many times I have done things that I know didn’t please you. I have been selfish and lived my life in selfish ways. For this I am sorry, and I ask for Your forgiveness.
I am ready to trust You as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe that You are the Son of God, that You died on the cross for my sins and that after 3 days You rose again.
You did for me what I could not do for myself. Today I come to you and ask You to take control of my life. I freely give it to you. Help me to live every day in ways that please You.
I love you, Lord, and I thank you that I will spend all eternity with you.
In Jesus’ name ~~ Amen
Additional Christian Testimony’s
I am always encouraged when I read and hear other people share their Christian Testimony. It doesn’t matter if we share the same experiences or not. The common thread in all of our testimonies is the never ending grace and love that God has for us. Are you needing some hope? Does your faith need an extra boost? My prayer is that as you read the testimonies of others, that you will be encouraged in your own life’s journey. The Bible tells us that —
“The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads.The eyes of all look to you in hope; you give them their food as they need it. When you open your hand, you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing” Psalm 145:14-16
Did Amy’s Christian Testimony encourage you? Do you have a Christian Testimony that you would like to share? Did you pray the salvation prayer?
I would love to hear from you in the comments as well as pray for you.
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