We all have a story. Everyone’s story is special. Everyone’s story is different. I’m excited to share the story of someone special in my life. Her life was a mess. A pile of ashes. But, thankfully, that wasn’t the end of her story…..
(Disclaimer: I have her complete permission to share her story. I’m sharing it in hopes that it may help someone who reads it. Her quoted words are in italics.)
Meet my sister, Christi.
After years of pain, struggling, estranged relationships and countless prayers from her family, last week we celebrated her new life in Christ!
These are her words from her testimony:
“My life was dark, hopeless and empty. I was rebellious, looking for significance in drugs, alcohol, men and destructive behaviors. I screwed up my life every way that I could. Suicidal thoughts entered my brain at a young age and only became worse after my divorce. I would pray almost daily that God would take my life. I was selfish and didn’t understand why my life existed. I believed that nobody cared if I lived or died, and was sure that everybody hated me as much as I hated myself. How could anyone even love me? I was a screw up!! I had no hope. Guilt and shamed kept me in bondage. My failure as a person, and everything that I had done wrong defined me….”
(Christi is wearing the pink jacket, sharing her testimony before her baptism. I’m the one behind her bawling! Yes, I got the award for the person who cried the most….)
“You would think that after all the failures and my “all time lows” I would have fully surrendered my life to Christ. I did try, numerous times, but with each attempt my own wants and desires won over Christ every time. He did keep me safe and He continued to pursue my heart. As I look back today I see God’s protection over my life.”
She began attending church and realized people REALLY LOVED HER IN SPITE OF HER PAST.She plugged into a community group and a Celebrate Recovery group. She began running towards Christ.
“John 10:10 says… The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and to have it to the full.’ I am learning to lean on Christ and how to find my significance in Him and not what the world thinks of me. I pursue Him each and every day. I have hope and I know that God has a purpose for my life. I do not pray daily for my life to end anymore, I pray for God’s will in my life! “
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
“I am being baptized today to publicly announce my new life in Christ. My old life is dead. I am fully surrendering my life to Him, no more living on the fence. This time I am ALL in..”
She asked me to be in the water with her. She then asked it I would baptist her. Honored and humbled doesn’t even begin to describe how I felt to be able to share this special day with her.
I hope this is a reminder to you that you should NEVER stop praying for someone you love, my friends!
I wish you could meet my sister in person and hear for yourself her beautiful story of redemption! I would be writing for days if I shared it all. Let me tell you…she is a changed person! Her smile lights up a room. Her joy is immeasurable. Her past no longer defines who she is. She is no longer in bondage of sin. The Lord has turned her ashes into beauty and it’s only the beginning!
I love this song by Kathryn Scott. It reminds me of her beautiful story! (I’d love to post the video, but I don’t know how to post to WordPress!)
Click on the link below to listen.
you are my hero!
thank you for allowing me to be a part of your beautiful story of redemption!
i love how you are pursuing Christ with all of your heart!
I love you!)