2 Fridays ago, I had the priviledge of getting together with other Christian, single young ladies that I know, for a time of fellowship. The mom to one of the girls (Mrs. Lisa L.), spoke to us and gave us her life testimony. I must say that when I first met Mrs. L, I would not have guessed her to have the story that she has!
She is so outgoing and energetic; smiling and laughing, and you can tell she really loves the Lord…so as I sat there, listening to her testimony, I was amazed at how, after going through everything she went through, she could be the way she is…..but as you’ll read, it is only by the Grace of God that her life is what it is today 🙂
So, without further ado…here is part one of Lisa L.’s testimony 🙂
My Journey from Within
March 19, 2011
I was Baptized into Christ on January 17th, 1978 I was 12 years old. I felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit and so it began…my obedience and in some cases my disobedience.
In the beginning, it was simple, church camp, youth group, Sunday school, going through the motions, living on the coat tail of what I had learned about religion.
In the early 1980’s I prayed for Wisdom this showed how unwise I was. A big step, but I didn’t know how big. I actually had no idea what I was in for, which was a good thing or I wouldn’t have asked for it, and would have missed out on such blessings.
In July 1986 I married Erik A. We had been dating for three years; he had been diagnosed with cancer just months before we were married. He was in remission by October and back in the hospital by the first of the New Year, the cancer had come back with vengeance. We swiftly moved from Bryan to Parkview in Fort Wayne, it was a night never to be forgotten. I spent the night in the hospital with Erik, he slept soundly while I kept the man in the bed next to him up all night, we talked of many things, Bob had leukemia, and he was an elderly gentleman and a wonderful listener.
We mostly talked of God and I proceeded to tell him about how hard I was trying to keep up with what I thought I was supposed to be. It tired me as I strived to live up to what I thought God expected me to be. I told him I was thinking about just giving up on the religion thing, it was just too hard.
I’ll never forget the look on Bob’s face, he paused for a long time and said, “Lisa, have you been immersed, have you accepted Christ into your heart?” I said, “Well ya, why?” His next words changed my life forever. “Then why are you trying so hard?” This was my light bulb moment; my eyes were opened to a grace I had never seen before. Grace is a gift, not something you have to work for.
We were sent to Indianapolis within a day, during this time I was introduced to two different scriptures by my Aunt Linda. Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your pathways straight.” The other one was… “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, and who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28. I carried these words around like they were Gold.
Erik was gone by the end of February. It was a snowy night I was 21 years old, I ended up in the hospital chapel trusting to God to take me to another place, I just basically said, “Well God you took care of Erik now it’s time to take care of me.”
In June of 1988 Steve and I were Married, we had come from different church backgrounds, so before we had children, we had decided to make a commitment to one church or the other. I had conceded to become catholic, but I think Steve at this point decided it would be easier for him to follow me. So that was the turn we made in the road.
TO BE CONTINUED……