Only time for a 4.5 mile walk this morning before church. It was a cloudy morning and 30 degrees. Walked down a couple of paths and a little on the sidewalks. A few others were out walking dogs.
There is a small newsletter for the women at church and each month one of the woman writes her Testimony and it is put into this newsletter. I was asked to write one and mine was in the February issue. I thought I'd share it with you here.
I was born and raised in northern New Jersey into a church going family. It seemed we were always at church and I asked Jesus to come into my life at the young age of 6 one morning during Sunday school. Jesus has always been part of my life, though I have not always put him first.
My parent’s marriage was not a happy one and when I was a teenager they got divorced. Our church was not pleased and the people turned their backs on them and they both stopped going to church. I went to Sunday school for a while but then I too stopped going.
When I was 18 my mom remarried and starting going to a new church. I went a few times but not regularly.
I was married at 20 and my husband was in the military so we traveled around a lot and lived over seas for seven years. It was a great life and we enjoyed our lives together. We were blessed with two children. During that time I went to a couple of churches on base but never really enjoyed going. Back in the states I again tried a few different churches but nothing ever really clicked with me.
I eventually quit trying and didn’t go to church for years!! I have always read my Bible and prayed and thought that was enough for me.
Through the years my husband and family became number one in my life and God got put in second place.
We were happily married for 37 years when things started to go a bit wrong in our marriage. You see my husband had become my idol and God had to show me how wrong that was. Of course I didn’t see that at first.
The more I tried to hold on to my husband the more he pulled away and finally he left home and we lived apart for four months.
To back up a little bit we bought a townhouse in the middle of our troubles and there just happened to be a church down the road from where we lived. I passed right by it every morning going on my morning walk. I kept having the feeling that I should go there but I kept ignoring it and thinking I just didn’t need to go to church again. I read my Bible. I prayed. I was saved.
But when my husband left I was totally devastated and felt so alone and for a time I was depressed. I prayed with all my heart for him to come home but it just wasn’t happening. It was then that I finally listened to that voice, which I now believe was God telling me to go back to church. Telling me that He was to be Number One in my life. I wasn’t listening to Him and He had to do something to get my attention. He did!!
That church down the road was Harvester Baptist Church and the moment I walked in the door I felt like I had come home and I knew I belonged here. After attending a few months I decided to be baptized and became part of this church.
Being on my own and putting God first where He should be I began to change for the better and so did my life. My husband and I worked things out with the help of a Christian counselor and my husband moved back home and we once again have a happy marriage.
I am thankful and blessed to be part of this church family.
Life is good and with God Number One in my life I know things are as they should be.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
May you all have a blessed Sunday.