Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cardboard Testimonies

Today, I received an email from my church asking me (and everyone else on the church distribution list) to consider participating in sharing a "cardboard testimony." I've been watching videos of other churches doing this for at least a few years and always hoped I'd get a chance to participate.

Then, this afternoon, given the opportunity, I could barely think of anything to share. Figures! Right now I feel like I am in the middle of finding out what the back of my piece of cardboard ought to say. God is still not finished writing my story and I don't really know how it is going to turn out.

But, I really want to participate, so I did come up with a testimony that is relevant to who I am now and will be sharing it on Sunday, April 29th in my church's evening service. (If you are local to me, that would be Kathleen Baptist Church. Feel free to come and visit!)

Until then, I am watching all sorts of cardboard testimony videos from other churches. Each one of them moves me to tears. It really confused my girls today! I explained that the tears were happy ones because I was watching people share how God had changed their lives. Charlotte can't read yet and kept asking me to tell her what the testimonies said. And if you have ever watched one of these videos before, you know many of them reference porn0graphy addictions, adult.ry, sexu@l abuse, and other sins and hurts that are too much for a 4 year old to comprehend.

I explained that not everyone was as blessed as her to grow up in a home that loved God and that meant they were hurt by bad choices, either their's or someone else's. But that when they flipped the sign, they were saying that somehow, God had made them better, had healed them, or brought someone into their life to make it hurt less.

Finally, after asking me to read every single one, even though I could barely talk because of the tears, Bruce summed it up for her very well. Here is my version of what he said: Everyone has problems. God is there to fix those problems if we trust Him with our deepest hurts and pains. These people had trusted God and experienced freedom and God offers that freedom to everyone.

So it doesn't matter what choices you have made in the past; whether you were the sinner or the one sinned against. God cares about you and wants you to be in relationship with Him so He can heal you. Watch this video with me and see the healing He brought to many others that you can also be yours if you just ask for it.

1 comment:

  1. Jenn, I am not sure how I missed this post until today....maybe God knew that I would need something to think about as I am resting. Thank you for being such a powerful beacon of light for the Lord!

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