“My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and Your salvation all the day, for I do not know their limits. I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only. O God, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wondrous works. Now also when I am old and grayheaded, o God, do not forsake me, until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to everyone who is to come.”
Psalm 71:15-18 (NKJV)
I thought today I would just open up to everyone a little bit about my story. I do not have a drastic transformation like a lot of believers have had, but I have most definitely grown in my faith. So here goes my testimony!
I spent the majority of my childhood at my Mawmaw O’Brien’s house. This has been one of the most impactful parts of my life for my faith to grow. She was the glue that held our family together. Her character demonstrated her love of and faith in her Savior. Everyone that met her felt that something was different. Her faith was inspiring and you absolutely knew she had a deep relationship with the Lord. She was an important part of all of our family’s lives because she showed us what it was like to follow, trust, and worship Him. She was always there to let me know that He is always there for me and that He has a plan for me. I always had this understanding that somehow everything that happened was working together in His plan. I attended church with her and the rest of my family. At the church, I was baptized at a very young age. Her role in my life was great and even now her life continues to inspire me and lead me to strive to be as she was to me to the others around me. Her life carried out God’s work. She welcomed everyone with open arms and ministered to everyone she possibly could without feeling like it was a burden. There was no worry about what others thought of her and she always wanted to help everyone she could. She gave all she had and then some to aid others even if it put her at a disadvantage. She had faith that God would provide and He always did. She never held a grudge and loved on everyone she met. To me and everyone I know she demonstrated effectively how you can follow Christ.
In Kindergarten and 1st grade I attended a private Christian school. On Fridays, we would have these gatherings with special guest speakers who would tell us how God has worked in their lives. One of the special guest presentations has had a big impact on me even though I was five years old at the time. This presentation was from a family of missionaries who had been serving in Zimbabwe. Their story and faith inspired me in such an amazing way. I had never really heard up to this point of someone dedicating their life in such a way to ministry. At the time, I was so excited and amazed about what I had discovered. Then as time went by I started to stray from this pursuit of a life of ministry.
My Mawmaw and Pawpaw O’Brien passed away when I was in middle school. My Mawmaw’s presence had a vast effect on my life and without her I had to intentionally look for the Lord in my life on my own. I wasn’t alone but without her in my life I had to put more effort into finding Him in my life. Eventually I fell into a church and a youth group.
Here in this youth group I felt God working. With this youth group, I participated in ministry opportunities and really grew in my faith. On my last youth trip, we went out on the beach for Passover. There was an amazing moment when we all broke down in a rush of emotion. At this moment, I knew I needed to be baptized. I know, I know I had already been baptized. But, the thing is I really couldn’t remember my reason behind it, because I was so young. I felt this is what I needed to do. The next morning, I was baptized with almost twenty other people in the ocean.
At this point I was sort of lost in what I wanted to do. For a while, I was being told that I needed to go into a field where I was guaranteed to make a lot of money, and I was planning on doing just this. Then this inspiration I found at that Friday presentation came flooding back more than ever before. I was inspired to go into ministry.
Since then my faith and relationship with Him has seriously grown a tremendous amount. And I cannot tell you how much of a difference this has made in my life!
This may not have been the most interesting testimony you will ever hear, but it is an important part of my life that I felt needed to be shared. My story is still being told, I am loving every minute of it, and I pray that anyone who reads this will find their own story with the Lord.