Unspeakable Joy Devotional

June 1st

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What’s your Christian testimony? I wanted to use June for testimonies because I think it is so important for us to share our story of how God has worked in our lives. Whether how you came to know Christ or a time when His Holy Spirit worked through you for whatever reason.  Psalm 18:2 says “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

I want to give my testimony of how God brought me back to him. I give this testimony in my published cookbook titled, Simply.Southern:

“It has taken me my whole life to get to a place of rest, quietness and stillness and to listen to God’s voice to know and decipher the choices in life that lead to balance we all so desperately need. I guess you want to hear now that, since I have found balance and rest to hear God’s word, my life is perfect? Well no, I can’t say that, and for the most part, no one on earth will ever get to that place of perfection, but we can stand firm and have peace and joy in our life amidst the chaos. Even Jesus experienced pressure and stress from all the things He was doing. In Mark 1:21-34 it tells of all the things He did, but look at Mark 1:35; the one thing Jesus did that was crucial to his life and the impact He made on others was finding solitude and quiet to pray and to gain peace, rest and strength.
It seems my relationships with others, including my spouse, were not what they should be and, over the years, I grew to understand that, no, it wasn’t everyone else but it was me. I finally found a counselor that a friend of mine was going to, and at first, I was happy that she was finally getting help, and then God nudged me and said, “You should go too.” I was handling my life just fine, and so I thought. I began counseling with this sweet Christian lady, and months led into years, and I was steady in seeking her counsel each week. The love of Jesus she shared with me brought me to a place that I knew God was revealing himself to me through her. I found that the balance in my life was off, and that I desperately needed to turn things around so that I could have peace and joy in my life. Not a perfect life, but a life filled with Jesus.

I began to understand that I needed Jesus more than ever in my life and began studying His word and making time for devotion with Him. After that, I knew I needed to make my husband next in my life, to praise him and lift him up and cherish what God had given me. The hard part came with letting go of so much control in my life, whether with myself, my husband, or my children. I had to let go of a failed marriage and other things that I could not get perfect. Also learning to let go of relationships that were hurting my spirit, and to say God respects me and He does not want others continually hurting me. This began a healing process, and as I began to respect myself, I began to heal and use God’s power to love my husband in a way I could never have before because God’s love and power was working through me.

Saying I’m a Christian is not saying I’m perfect, it is actually saying I know I’m not perfect and I need help each day to become more like Christ. We first admit that we are lost and have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Then we believe that we need God and are in need of a Savior. We know that we are sinners and want to turn away from our sins. We receive Christ as our Savior. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.”

Jesus commands us to tell others of His great salvation. He wants every to know about Him. You have the privilege of sharing the great things Christ has done for you. Share the good news with others. Luke 8:39 “Return home and tell how much God has done for you”.

If you would like to share your testimony and tell how you came to know Christ or what Christ has done in your life, please contact me. I would love to share it on my blog.

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