Recently, PTL2000 has published a few blogs that testify to God's greatness. They can be found here: The foul mouthed whom God touched and here: I am a woman who is deeply troubled It reminded me of the Wednesday night services I attended in my youth. Wednesday nights were always the night people gave testimony. It always happened after the opening hymns and prayer and before the sermon. One by one, people would stand and testify to what God had done. It was inspirational - a reminder that God does answer our prayers - he protects us - he provides for us. Sometimes you could feel the spirit at those services - I remember crying at some of the testimony. In reflection, I realize that my surety that God exists was created in part by hearing testimony about our living God. Testifying dates back to David - who wrote this psalm of thanks. Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. 1 Chronicals 16:8-9 NIV When Jesus healed the demon possessed man - when he cast the demons from him - that man wanted to follow Jesus. He was willing to leave his home and his family, yet Jesus instructed him differently: As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, "Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you." So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed. Mark 5:18-20 NIV I believe testimony honors God - but it also serves our needs. It helps to keep us focused on what he does do for us - when the world would want us to focus on what is missing. It plants the seeds of thankfulness and feeds our faith. In that spirit, I am beginning Testimony Thursdays. It is my goal to blog every Thursday and to give testimony that honors God. Please feel free to add your testimony to my blog if you desire or are led. I know that we have the praise report section of CB...but my testimonies have always been a little "wordy"... (I love telling stories)...this weeks testimony is about The Crash Two days ago my husband called me - he was noticably upset. One of our friends was on his way to the job site - in a hurry - running late. My husband is the crew foreman for a small concrete company. This man had the floor finisher on his truck - and he needed to get to the job before the concrete got hard. He made a left hand turn onto a main road at the military base where they were pouring concrete - and his missed the motorcycle that was headed in the same direction. The motorcycle hit the front passenger side of the truck at about 35 miles per hour. The driver of the motorcycle flew over the truck and landed 20-30 feet in the road. He was life flighted to the nearest hospital, but the officers at the scene painted a grim picture for our friend. My husband called to ask me to pray - and I did several times a day. Our friend was a shell of himself - it was like he was hollow. The prospect that his carelessness might result in someone's death - or permanent injury - was more than he could bear. My husband prayed for him - and offered to pray with him. In this situation, my husband was given an opportunity to witness to our friend and the other men who are on his crew. We found out this morning that the driver walked out of the hospital last night. God heard the many, many prayers. The driver of the motorcycle did not suffer any permanent injury - praise be to God. In addition to the miraculous healing - God has been made real to many people - and many people are amazed. Have a wonderful day - and may you be blessed by the awesomeness of our God. ~LWV~
I am truly blessed with your testimony ladywithaview. I use testimonies for evangelism and for encouragement of fellow-believers and affirmation of faith for myself and will add your testimonies to my "repertoire" of testimonies. How great is our God that He walks among us and hears our faintest prayers. He is faithful to His promises and proves to us again and again that He lives today and walks and talks with us and has our lives in His control.
In fact, I started the ball rolling for our Church web's Testimony and Encouragement section about one month ago with my testimony He Moved my Car (which was also posted on CB) and many are considering to write their testimonies to praise and glory of the Lord especially after our Church retreat.
Looking forward to your Thursday testimonies.