Friday, June 3, 2011

saved through the storm


My Testimony

All my life has been full of storms..There was no need for trouble to find me....i had no problem finding trouble on my own...from sneaking out when i wasn’t allowed to smoking that started when i was 6 yrs old...I was all through my youth the black sheep of the family...and my whole family from cousins to uncle from parents to siblings are & were saved....

…. All my life i grew up in the Lord’s church. . A  bible-believing-baptist church....one day in “big church after service--I walked with my sister to the front of the church on an alter call...we were just following the crowd...and we were just 6 & 7.  From there you would never know i was a christian...i started smoking at age 7....into trouble at school...with homework...those in authority...right up to drinking...parties...all the way through high school where i dropped out because i knew it all.

Then after a few years....and alot more storms.... a few jobs....and many parties....and still up to know good... i lost my rental home...my car....my job....my money....my friends....and found a homeless shelter....and realized i had lost my soul.....my losses would be God’s gain.....

As the storm slowly calmed down... i found myself at a  homeless shelter...i showed up...tired...hungery...scared...ashamed....at what little i had become in life....how much i had wasted....and what i could not go back and fix.  i made myself useful...God took pity on me and gave me a  job as a volunteer for better food....and a private cot.  The place had a outside center called “tent city”--because people slept in tents on pallets in the park adjacent to the building.  There was a group setting up for church service in the park.  They called themselves Exodus Ministries...and they were definitely there to set slaves free....and i was one of them....so i stayed outside after dinner..they sang....they past out tracks...tapes...and i listen to a man conducting a straight-forward--no nonsense teaching on getting right with Jesus....I dug him...he hit where it hurts....where i could no longer ignore....where i realized Jesus was trying to talk with me....i cried....walked....cried...prayed....not sure how many times...or in what order....but i quit....trying to be smarter....righter....bigger....better than God....the loss...was my gain....He gave me new life...and all tho i knew who Jesus was.... i really did’nt know who Jesus was....i did now...and my life changed--i had been rescued...redeemed....saved...sunshine came through as the storms had seem to disappear.....i ended up going again to the teaching in the tents the next week....i met the teacher Chris Landelfeld...i served in the Exodus Ministry....went to my 1st non-denominational church.....Calvary Chapel...and served the best i could.....

...as time went on....life had its storms....I would serve....and i swerve....but i always love God....always wanted to serve....to read the word....to learn the word.....to obey the word.....I thanked God all the time for His grace...which showed me....we continue down our Damascus Road...we take our cross and all it’s baggage....we get back up...... sin punches us.....we don’t quit...we fight through the storms...until it’s calm on the other side.

Life continued on...i needed something more financially stable & to get away from my everyday elements...so i joined the u.s. army.....where i was able to make more sense of my life....became very patriotic for my country, and single...and it became more clear that a soldier in the U.S. Army wsa alot like a soldier in the bible (2 Tim 2:3-4)...and from their..i began to serve God again...in Korea..i witness to friends...i went to a church outside the base...and helped out..i also helpe the local chaplain...and new right then...in that country...i wanted to tell others about Jesus...that i wanted God to bless me with a flock to guide...then i would move back to the states...longing for someone on earth to share my life with....i found her...and another storm came...we last little but destroyed much...she had 2 kids already and God blessed us with a little girl..i was teaching junior high at church...while i was serving....i was trapped in another storm....we had domestic violence...she lost her 2 kids...i lost my military career...the marriage...and most of all my daughter passed away from s.i.d.s....i now felt like i had lost my soul all...over...again...this became the biggest storm of my life....but God is good & broke up the storm with sunshine....the funeral...was done in Tennessee...a memorial back in Colorado..and memorial in phoenix...led to people getting saved  & re-dedications in 3 states....God is good...

With no military career...no reason not to move back to phoenix...that is where i headed...a U-haul...my brothers help and a different start....there were storms when i came back..things with my family we’re tense...but i moved on...new apt...new job...new church...new women in my life....storms....there brewing....

i married this beautiful lady...beautiful son not 2 yrs old....1st date zoo....met @ work...scared to get married..her......me...we did it anyway....but we loved each other...and God is good.  We had our ups & downs for a few years...fights...threats...pains of the heart.....we prayed....we love...we learned and with hearts yearned for Christ....Now we serve as a family in church...pray at our meals...talk about God & read His word...and now enjoying our 10th anniversary.

Life as its storms...they will come...even with the best raincoat...your gonna get wet....I realized that God will not always  take away the storms.... He will be there to help you through the storms....God saved me through the storms...He can save you in your storms. 




For the Saints & for the Lamb !



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