And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven,
Now is come salvation and strength, and the kingdom of our God,
and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down,
which accused them before our God day and night.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb,
and by the word of their testimony;
they loved not their lives unto the death.
(Revelation 12:10-11 KJV)
To him that overcometh, will I grant to sit with me in my throne,
even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
He who hath an ear, let him hear
what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
(Revelation 3:21-22 KJV)
Testimonies, tips, and tidbits? What a mouthful. What kind of website would have such a variety of stories and topics? In this collection of writings, you will find humorous stories revealing glimpses of my personal life, testimonials of God’s work in my life, tips learned from years of working in various ministries, stories about the antics of small children in church, and tidbits that God and others have taught me over the years. This collection of stories is spread throughout two of my blogs: www.testimoniestipstidbits.com and www.christianeducationstation.com
I hope you enjoy reading about these true experiences from my journey through life and my personal walk with Jesus Christ. I hope you can see God’s hand at work in these situations and be encouraged as you walk with God and serve Him and His people.
My motive for sharing these stories is not to depress or discourage you, or to gain pity for myself. Rather, my motive is to show you that God is powerful enough to meet all of our needs. Whatever our situation, God is in control and He will bring good out of it. God watches over His people and protects them. God uses the horrible circumstances to work in us, to transform us, and to equip us to be His ambassadors who share the good news of Jesus Christ with others.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has truly transformed my life. He met and encouraged me at the exact time I attempted to commit suicide because of deep emotional and physical pain stemming from years of marriage to an abusive, alcoholic husband and from several other circumstances in my life. Living in those circumstances brought me to the lowest point in my life. As a result, I tried to commit suicide to escape from the heartache and pain, from feeling worthless and hopeless, and because I could see no possible end to the nightmare I lived in. Nor could I see any hope for a better future.
But God intervened, and I am alive—and here today—to testify that God pulled me out of the mud and mire of those circumstances and stopped me from making a dreadful mistake. God lifted me out of the darkest pit and gave me a new life filled with joy, love, peace, hope, and many other blessings and promises from God. Scripture says, “I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord, (…).” (Psalm 40:1-3 NIV) God has truly done this in my life!
After stopping me from committing suicide, God brought much healing into my broken heart and messed up life. God also gave me a new life, and a new marriage. God has also used me and these little testimonies to encourage and minister to others who are hurting. Since God has done this for me, I know God can do it for others too. God alone is the answer to the troubles we go through during this lifetime.
By committing suicide, I would have let Satan rob me of many blessings. I praise God that He stopped me from making this terrible mistake. No matter how hopeless our situation looks, in Christ, there is always hope and the promise of a better life ahead—because God is our Hope and for His children, He has a great future planned out for us to live with Him in His heavenly household. In heaven there will be no more evil or pain or tears. Only God knows the extent of His great plan for us, but we can read about it in Revelation, chapter 21 and other places in the Holy Bible.
The stories in this book are true but the names have purposely been changed or omitted to keep the people anonymous. The stories are meant to encourage, teach, and illustrate God’s hand at work in my life. There is no need for putting someone else on the spot by including their names.
Jesus is the only answer for the multitudes of broken people who roam the earth. God alone has the power to change, heal and transform the hearts and lives of broken people. I know God can heal your heart and life—if you will let Him do it His way—because He has done it for me!
These little testimonies are my way of saying, “Thank you, awesome God, for saving me, transforming my life and giving me hope for the future!”