Reborn, Into a family (Danielle)
Danielle sent me each of these testimonies in January, hoping to replace the first with the second one, but I think the two together give a moving look into the story of her journey with God over the past year. Thank you for encouraging us Danielle!
Reborn… (testimony #1)
I consider myself a born-again Christian; and a very new born-again at that.
I am still getting used to praying, reading the bible, and hearing God speak to me.
I grew up in a Christian home but unfortunately never got the true teaching I should have gotten. For various reasons, I never grew up in the church nor had that core group of Christian friends. Growing up, I always said I was a “Christian” but never really knew what that meant. During high school, I had a major falling out with Christ. I started hanging out with the wrong crowd as they say. My grades started dropping. My priorities in life were diminished. I started hating life, hating my family, hating God. I became in the mindset that life wasn’t worth living. Why be alive in a world where I didn’t care for anyone or anything?
I cannot explain how or what triggered my mindset away from this negativity. I left high school behind and entered college where I proudly said I was a Christian again, though still not realizing what this meant. My last semester at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, I was lucky enough to find a new group of friends who happened to all be Christians. Perfectly, I found them during the best time ever. I was spending my last semester in school with a “Yes, can do!” attitude. I would say yes to a majority of the invites sent my way. They asked me what church I was going to and I admitted I hadn’t been to church since I was the wee age of four. They invited me to Church in the City so I went.
After a few months at the church, I realized this was where I was supposed to be.
On April 18, 2010 I asked Jesus back in my heart.
On September 8, 2010, I decided to get baptized in chilly Lake Michigan.
God is so good. He is answering my prayers. He speaks to me, shows me love, provides me blessings. I cannot be happier having Christ in me. I look forward to an eternal life with God’s love shining brightly in me.
For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. – 1 Peter 1:23
…Into A Family (testimony #2)
I was privileged enough to be taught by Francois. He is awesome.
The worship band had a practice and teaching with him during his visit here in January. We sang songs to Jesus and filled our hearts with His love. The last hour, Francois decided to pray and prophesy over us individually. He made his rounds with each person while I stood anxious for my turn. I was fantasizing about the words he would give me; something amazing I hoped. Or what if he got to me and gave me some lame two minute prophecy with no song to go along with it?
Francois finally stood in front of me and began his prayers. I immediately starting crying, overcome with God’s love. He started out by saying that this time in my life was a new season; a season filled with a new and fresh start. God has been showing me new things and providing me with new things. This was amazing to hear because I just asked God into my heart on April 18, 2010 and reassured it with a baptism in chilly Lake Michigan on September 8, 2010.
I am not to get frustrated, prophesied Francois, at the pace God is giving me blessings. There have been a lot of new relationships, new opportunities, and new goods He has blessed me with instantly. But I am not to get upset with God if He is taking a longer time to deliver His blessings. In mid thought, Francois became silent.
I was afraid my turn was over. No, please, that’s it? That’s all I get to hear?
Luckily, he spoke up and makes a request to the rest of the worship team. He asked them to just pray over me through the spirit out loud. Fifteen or so people started praying, filling the room with such beautiful noise of tongues, words, and singing. Again, the tears poured out, more heavily this time. After the prayers silenced, Francois said he did this to show me the love and support I have right here. He told me to stop fighting my battles alone because I have just witnessed the support that will help me. He then asked one of the ladies if they could just hug me as everyone prayed over me again. As I balled my eyes out, two of the most wonderful women hugged me and whispered, “Thank you, Lord” in my hear.
God does not call us to walk along the battlefield alone, so why am I? I have been trying to be Miss Independent all my life so struggling spiritually has always been my own battle.
Christianity is a new thing for me so everyday is a new experience. I cannot be happier to have God as my daddy. I am thrilled to see what He has in store for me and for the amazing relationships He will bless me with.