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// Speak your testimony //

Our testimonies are a part of us, they tell how we came to Jesus and what Jesus is still doing in our lives. Sometimes people like to hear the juicy testimonies. You know, the ones where that person was pregnant at 16, or was in a biker gang on the streets and growing marijuana. Or those stories of how that person was gambling and drinking. Or maybe those stories of how that person survived a shooting and found Jesus afterwards.
Your testimony doesn’t have to be that exciting though. Your testimony is YOUR story with Christ and how He is continually working in your life. It’s okay if you grew up in church and accepted Christ at an early age. It’s okay if your testimony doesn’t involve drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc.

 

 

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The above photo is something that I feel resonates with me. If you know me, you know I absolutely love exploring abandoned buildings, and places. I love seeing the beauty in the old, and run down. 

I grew up living in various different countries and because of this I was exposed to different cultures, religions and different ways of living. My family never really attended church regularly, although my parents always encouraged my siblings and I to embrace our individuality and to branch out to and form our own opinions and beliefs.

It was middle school when I started realizing I had a void inside of me that needed to be filled. I started looking for answers in Islam, Mormonism, Buddhism, and even Wicca. But, I found that each of these all had a “works” based faith and I was left feeling more alone.

In high school I began drinking and getting high. Oh those teenagers years…..
One of my good friends started bringing me to church and answered any questions I had about God or the Bible. She eventually handed me my own Bible.

I eventually found a local church near my house, and had a “coming to Jesus” moment. If you can even call it that. I took my salvation as, “I believe in God, I’m going to Heaven, I can do whatever I want”. It was like a “get out of hell” free pass.
Once more I began to let alcohol and drugs control me and fill the void inside of me that was only meant for Jesus.

It wasn’t until 2012 when I went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic that I finally understood that my sins were separating me from God and though I was far from God, God had never left my side. He was constantly there even when I wasn’t there, He still wanted me, He still loved me, He forgave me.
I can’t tell you how much I cried in that moment when it finally hit me like a hurricane…

My story with God doesn’t stop there though. Since then God has continued to work in my life, through the ups and the downs. He has reconciled friendships over the years, He has used my tears, heart breaks, aches and pains to teach me to cling closer to Him and seek His will. He has saved my life in moments where I would have thought I would have died. He has taught me to trust Him even when life is throwing all it has at me and is trying to knock me down. He has taught me to not find my identity in people or things. He has taught me that my identity is not found in having a significant other.

 

 

 

I love hearing other peoples testimonies and walks with Christ. If you are up to sharing your story, please DM me on Twitter or feel free to e-mail me at Elizabeth.Louise@holyyoga.net

 

 

-Elizabeth Louise

 

 

 

 

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God doesn’t need you.

One of my absolute favorite books to go through is Exodus. There is so much truth to soak up. I remember leading a Bible study that did an in depth study of Exodus.

In Exodus 3:7-12 God and Moses are having a conversation after Moses has come across a burning bush. 

So I’m going to paraphrase the interaction, but I want to encourage you all to read these verses. So God is telling Moses, “Look, I’ve seen the pain and suffering of my people and I’m going to take them out of Egypt and bring them to a land flowing with milk and honey. I’m going to use you and send you to ask Pharoah for freedom”. 

Moses is listening to all this and his question to God ends up being found in vs. 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharoah and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” And I LOVE the response God gives in vs 12. He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”

Who is Moses that God should use him?

Who
am I that God should use me?

Who
are you that God should use you?

Nobody.

We are like ants compared to the magnitude of who God is and what He can do.
We are here one minute and the next we are gone.
Even the most well known person on the planet right now, I can guarantee there are people in villages with no internet or phones who know of them.
We can be so well known but in the end we cease to exist, and someone else comes along.

See. God doesn’t need us in order to do great things… If you say no to Him, God can still make His plan happen without you.

The thing is though. 

  1. HE. Loves. You. 
  2. HE. Desires. You.
  3. HE. Is. Constantly. Pursuing. You

I don’t know what you are struggling with today. If it’s feeling so alone like nobody is there or like nobody wants you.

I don’t know if you are looking to drugs, or alcohol or porn or money to solve your problems or to find happiness.

Or maybe your anxiety and depression are telling you that you aren’t worth it.

I’ve been there. I’ve cried myself to sleep many nights feeling so alone and doubting my worth. I’ve looked for answers in places, people and things that only God could ever solve or answer for me.

If there is something that I can leave you with right now it’s that, you are so loved by the Creator of the universe, world, and every single plant, person and animal. 

The Creator of the Universe even created you. He knew you before you were born and has given you immense worth.

So yeah, compared to God we are ants on the spectrum. Ants with immense worth and value and who God desires to love so intimately.

-Elizabeth Louise